The lights are on
We've been covering the ongoing troubles plaguing marquee Frostbite 3 title Battlefield 4. EA and DICE have encountered issues with stability across platforms, with even more emerging following yesterday's release of the China Rising map pack.
Speaing with IGN, EA says that DICE is focused on Battlefield 4 right now. "We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our #1 priority," a representative told the outlet. "The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game." This means that future DLC and the development of Star Wars Battlefront 3 are on hold.
EA also states that given the progress on China Rising, it decided to release it and "fulfill our promise" rather than hold it back. Currently, China Rising is exclusive to Battlefield Premium members. This membership costs $50 above and beyond the $60 game purchase price.
Our TakeI find it hard to believe that the issues facing Battlefield 4 were a surprise to EA and DICE. While I'm hopeful that Battlefield 4 will eventually be the $60 promise EA sold, right now it isn't. Given that the PC version has been out for over a month, and the issue-plagued PS4 iteration has been out for over two weeks, I'm not holding my breath for a fix any time soon.