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EA: no more work on Battlefield 4 expansions until the game is fixed

EA and DICE have suspended all work on future BF4 expansions and are solely focusing on fixing the game right now.

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It’s not news that there are numerous issues with Battlefield 4, from netcode, to crashes, and a lot of stuff in between, across all platforms. EA and DICE have recognized the seriousness of these problems, and as a result, they’ve halted all development on future Battlefield 4 expansions in order to work on fixing the game.

It’s a general belief that EA rushed Battlefield 4 past quality control in order to beat Call of Duty Ghosts to market. Battlefield 4 did succeed in beating Call of Duty Ghosts on the release date — by one week. What we got, though, was a game that was far from finished. It’s been over a month since BF4 was released, and only now is the game actually playable, after numerous client patches and over a dozen server patches.

DICE previously said that the entire team at their offices in Stockholm is working on fixing Battlefield 4, and now the team in Los Angeles is joining in. Earlier today, the latest round of patches were released, this time for the PS3 and PS4.

While work on all future Battlefield 4 expansion has been halted, the China Rising expansion was released earlier this week. It was already in the final stages of development before EA decided to focus 100% on fixing the game.

In the end, we’re glad that everyone at DICE is working to fix the game. EA should have made this announcement many weeks ago, as it would have gone a long way to calm the Battlefield 4 player base.

Here’s EA’s statement in full:

“First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4. We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we’re not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4. We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right”

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  1. Hanovi82
    December 5th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Hey at least they are hopefully going to make it right finally I still will support them as it is my #1 game to play COD can suck my jewells. Yea they rushed yea it has been a pain in the ass but the stuff that they come up with and how the game is played is epic

    • steve
      December 5th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Why does every kid have to mention COD on a bf4 site, so if you liked COD you wouldn’t support BF4 anymore?

      • qwertyuio
        December 6th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        the he-she said Call FO dity can suck her chesticles
        4H fo life

  2. surprise
    December 5th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This is actually really great news. Pleased to see they are taking their product seriously. It’s a shame they let big daddy EA pressure them into releasing it too early.

    IMO, EA is firmly to blame for the issues to date, and I would love to see the day where the parent company/publisher has a greatly reduced role in determining when a game is ready for release.

    • Callum
      February 27th, 2014 at 5:13 am

      They arent taking their product seriously because second assault is out now and the game is more or less the same laggy game it was before a couple of updates the game is horrible on ps4 it takes nearly a full mag to kill someone an any range and if it does not kill them they turn around and kill me quite literary instantly with ANY gun ive been outgunned by the revolvers whilst shooting them with automatic weapons its really fustrating DICE are to worried about making more money than to work hard making a finnished game – To lazy and greedy

  3. VaderShake
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Played BF for 9 years, tolerated BFBC until BF3, was bold faced lied to by DICE about what BF3 was and the not paying for maps BS, was done with BF3 in 4 months, would not buy the BF4 hype and lies or the game. Cannot support an arrogant company that lies to its CUSTOMERS and delivers an unfinished game.

    • steve
      December 5th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Yet you come and post on a BF4 site.

      • quad
        December 6th, 2013 at 1:39 am

        So, were would he else say this? On MTV?

        Judging from the CONTENT of the site I think calling it a “BF4 site” is not entirely correct – rather it is to a high degree also a “BFx PROBLEMS’ site”, hence what he is saying is very relevant to be said right here..

        Obviously there are people who learned from past mistakes and managed NOT getting fooled (again). They will maybe eventually buy it, but they will do so when the game is finished (for real!) and the price tag is probably less than half what you did pay. I think that is what irritates you.

        • Kutark
          December 9th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

          The point is if he were really “done with EA/Dice and the BF series” then why is he posting here? Clearly he hasnt moved on. Its like the bad breakup songs singing about how they’re totally over some person, then you are forced to ask “why did you make a song about it?”.

          I stopped playing WOW about 2 months after cataclysm. I hate blizzard with an unbridled passion after the Diablo 3 fiasco (which i knew better but i let me friend talk me into it). Now im firmly cemented in my position on blizzard and its products and i simply wont buy them.

          My point in all this is i dont post on the blizzard forums, i dont post in blizzard/wow/diablo sections about the games. I simply moved on. I dont care anymore, i dont waste time thinking about it.

          I just dont understand people, its like they can’t just stop doing something, they feel impelled to try to convince everyone else not to do something. See, problem is, i’m capable of independent thought. I don’t need your input to come to my own conclusions.

          Do i think DICE are bad people? NO. Do i think EA had EVERYTHING to do with the state of BF3/BF4 at release? Yes. Is the game still a shitload of fun and worth playing regardless of the bullshit? YES. Therefore i still play it.

          When DICE pulls a Diablo 3 with the BF series, then i’ll quit.

          • quad
            December 10th, 2013 at 10:51 am

            A realy nice post, even though I do not agree.

            It is obvious that he has NOT bought BF4. That is, in my book, the most important point to decide if someone “is done” with a franchise or not – reading an article ABOUT that franchise is not.

            The fact that he is reading a site related to BF4 and is posting in a thread that demonstrates that the product he did NOT buy proved to (as he expected) be problematic does not need to be a way to convince you or related to YOU in any way. Telling others about his action can simply be a way of rewarding himself for making a decision that (obviously) proved correct.

    • quad
      December 6th, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Respect to you I say. Cheers

  4. ml
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Just wanted to say that I had hours of fun even if the game has its problems 🙂

  5. steve
    December 5th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Take a nap, go outside, wipe your tears and wait for a patch, like the rest of us. Don’t cry, sweetheart.

    • quad
      December 6th, 2013 at 2:52 am

      People with short memory are very dangerous.

      You know, I think gamers like you have at least as big part in BF4 being such a bad quality game as EA themselfs.
      You have obviously no problems over and over again overpaying for a product, even if it is of bad quality and does not comply with the most basic requirements. EA being the businessmen they are think – hmm if these people happily come back to us over and over again AND (over)pay us at release date, even when we deliver crap, WHY in h*ll would we feel pressure to improve? Lets us take the cash before game is finished and they will be happily waiting for us to patch it over a year or so until it is finished.
      I am starting to think you actually work for EA/DICE.

      • Casey
        December 6th, 2013 at 9:31 am

        You really nailed it.

        I’m sure EA had those exact thoughts.

        Jesus, most of you need to get a grip.

        Serious question: Name one game on a console that has a 64 player multiplayer option?

        Hell even groundwar never worked that great in COD and that was just 18 players.

        Yes, the game should of probably been held off for a bit to work out some kinks. Yes, it does get annoying when the sound cuts out, it gets old getting disconnected, etc. Have a bit of patience you insolent children

        And for those saying they are returning the game, want their money back…LOL Just Dance is waiting for you

      • Ezgoez
        December 7th, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Dude you do realize that this isn’t the 1990’s where you could make a game with a budget of less than a million. Triple A titles like Battlefield take millions of dollars to produce advertise and the works, If they let all the DLC’s be free and the game cost $40 then they would have no money and all future games would be pieces of crap. No game is perfect, and you take what you have and hope for the best because your bitching isn’t going to make DICE/EA change their mind.

    • kro
      December 6th, 2013 at 8:50 am

      You mad ?

  6. Simon
    December 5th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I am a die hard fan of BF games but I am nearly at the end now.Played for 2 hours last night and still kept getting shot behind buildings and walls.Netcode is no where near fixed.Half the servers in Australia region are empty.
    All these stuff ups and EA still wont give anything away for free.Premium as a load of crap.Why should people pay to get the game 2 weeks earlier.Battelfield 5 will be premium premium where you pay more and you get the game for premium members. I bought deluxe and they sent me an email saying china rising is ready to play,but I cant play it.Why send the email ea you ungrateful tools.Just another example of terrible customer service.

    • kro
      December 6th, 2013 at 8:53 am

      You’re absolutely right regarding the Premium campaign. However, if I had an advice, I would suggest to preorder a game or buy a full premium experience if you haven’t played the game yet. Like Sim City, you can never be sure of a game’s quality. Premium BF3 was the same crap in term of content, and now we have the bugs. So wait and see, but stop paying for unknown product.

  7. right
    December 5th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Indeed. This is just PR talk with more lies for damage control.

  8. jedmind
    December 5th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Bf4 is screwed up because EA wants it to be more like COD so they can mony, call of duty has been a carbon copy with a texture pack for 4 iterations at least now. and battlefield is the same way, 3 and 4. no difference except an engine bump, same garbage mechanics, same garbage spawn killing, same garbage players. but people keep shelling out $60+ when the next one comes out in 6 months, In addition, the maps are designed specifically to attract Call of Duty players and to make them stay; they are smaller, confusing and messy, which makes it hard to get orientated. There is rarely a clearly defined front line with flanks, but rather just a bunch of players running around randomly with a few campers here and there. Because of this, luck plays a way bigger role than previously, and thus allowing shitty players to get kills. And of course rewarding them with ridiculous amounts of XP, medals, weapon unlocks, xp boosters etc.. -just like Call of Duty. This results in boring matches where everyone only care about kills instead of working together to win the game, which is one of the core elements of battlefield.

    To me, those epic “battlefield moments” has never been about exploding jets or falling buildings, but rather when you and your squad are working together to pull of something beneficial for your team. Those moments has always been rare, but they’re seemingly non-existent in Battlefield 4. The game is just too cluttered and unorganized for proper teamplay.

    Battlefield has lost its original character, and is nothing more but a speculative money grabber from the corporate douchebags at EA.

    • Mr. Anonymous
      December 5th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      jedmind, BF4 is not as similar to BF3 as you are making it out to be. There are many aspects that have been tweaked or altogether changed that make it feel more like BF2. As for your comment, “but people keep shelling out $60+ when the next one comes out in 6 months…”, I really hope this was hyperbole. BF3 was released 2 years ago, and not even CoD releases a game every 6 months.

      The maps are WAY bigger than any CoD map. BF3 had a few maps that tailored to Call of Duty players, but most were still pretty large. When was the last time you played CoD? Not one map is big enough to drive a vehicle around in. Every single map in CoD is equivalent to a section of a Battlefield map (as seen in the TDM gamemode of Battlefield games).

      As for teamwork not being a core part of the game anymore… wow. Just how many matches have you played? In conquest, if people are only going for kills, they do not get very many points and will find themselves at the bottom of the board. If an entire team is only going for kills, that team will lose. Team deathmatch is specifically designed to keep those players busy. Teamwork gives everyone in the squad more points and usually results in more wins.

      What do you want from Battlefield? So far, all I see is complaining and whining from you.

    • flamingfirewolf
      December 5th, 2013 at 5:34 pm


      i think the same, BF4 is not like the BF that we want it is more for the COD players. i even find myself in hardcore DOM so i can at least get kills and find a match that is full. (now that is sad, so very sad)

    • sukit21
      January 6th, 2014 at 12:43 am

      The reason we shell out the money for this. 1. we have the money cause we aren’t broke like you. 2. Most of us have played damn near all the BF games and no matter what will buy them all, and they are 10 times better than all CoD games. I used to go like 30-1 or 2 deaths on CoD…its to easy, unrealistic and maps are so small all you have to do is corner camp. I want a war game thats realistic, has lots of vehicles i can actually DRIVE. i dont want a killstreak item that i get to launch a stupid missle from the air or fly a unmanned UAV around a small ass map. The only reason you CoD fags even bitch about BF is cause its too hard for you to even get a kill cause your too used to corner camping or running the opposite way as your team going in a circle on the map…..and as far as “Battlefield has lost its original character, and is nothing more but a speculative money grabber from the corporate douchebags at EA.” WHAT GAME ISNT? you trying to say treyarch, or atari, or rockstar or any of those arent trying to get your money? GTA, GTA2, GTA3, GTA4, GTA5….guarantee you have all 5 like me unless you are broke in the first place

  9. Fenway
    December 5th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    PS-I like the “tanks” pun.

  10. s
    December 5th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Only way to teach them is to quit giving them our money.

  11. SouthoftheBear
    December 5th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Yeah, the game is “playable” now. Thanks for the updates DICE. Now we only crash every 30 seconds instead of 15! Great job!

  12. Rich
    December 6th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I thought they had “the entire team” on it two weeks ago.

  13. Exceeds
    December 6th, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I play bf4 since day 01 without any problems. But I only play at RUSH HARDCORE on ps4. Maybe I’m lucky but damn…. I dont have any bug.

  14. BL
    December 6th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Sort of a punch in the face that bought Premium now. Delayed expansions. Plus the game is crashing more on me now than the first 3 weeks combined.

  15. RayGunGoPew
    December 6th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Ok. I am going to state my thoughts on the haters here. First of all, I bought premium 3-4 days ago because I had been enjoying the game so far. Yes, I know there are bugs and yes, I have experienced crash after crash after crash but when the game actually worked, I really enjoyed my time on it. So I got a hold of $50 and thought “Why the hell not?” So I bought Premium, used the dog tags, the Carbon Fiber Knife,and all the camos and the next day, China Rising came out so I played the game and downloaded the pack that night. Sure, they have stopped working on future packs to fix the game, BUT WE HAVE A PACK!!! And also, people have been hating because they aren’t fixing the game because they have been working on DLC packs but now you guys are hating because they aren’t working on DLC packs because they are fixing the damn game!!! Hopefully when they are done, the game will be what it was meant to be and we can get some insane DLC. So quit your bitching and appreciate what we have. Thank you DICE and EA.

    • qwertyuio
      December 6th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      DAMN, “You Go Girl” “Snap”

  16. BL
    December 6th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Of course its playable on a PS4, at 900p how easy is that? PC ftw.

  17. gazwa
    December 6th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    wow some idiots even paid premium..
    including me.

  18. George
    December 7th, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Well… I’ve been a supporter of BF franchise for a long time. BF3 and now BF4 was a disappointment when compared to BF2.

    I hate to say it but with the way things have gone there will NEVER BE ANOTHER BF2.

    BF2 was very fun and I played the hell out of that game, left, and came back a few times. EA/Dice wont go in that direction because that was a PC only game and they have to make things like Battlepacks, shortcut rank kits, etc to line their pockets.

    Yes I am disappointed… 🙁

  19. fugazi
    December 7th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Tons of 100 colonels, everyone’s quit percentage is high because we have to quit out before crashes. How are you going to fix that? Reset everything?

  20. Diddy
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I have wasted $65 of my hard earned money to play a game that I’ve had to restart multiple times because it crashes! Now the multiplayer game is crashing?? This is bull shi$ no excuses the game should’ve worked when it came out, I understand some issues, but not to be able to play the game for3 months is b.s, shame on dice and EA this is another reason why cod is way better, great concept bf4 but epic fail!!!

  21. Joe
    February 18th, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Lies, game is a bug ridden freeze fest and they are now releasing the second DLC. Lies lies lies.

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