Yesterday a post on IGN reported that EA-owned studio DICE is halting work on all other projects—including the long-awaited next installment in the Star Wars: Battlefront series—until ongoing problems with Battlefield 4 can be resolved.
According to a statement issued by EA, the studio is “not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4.
The spokesperson continued:
“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.
We know many of our players are frustrated and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right.”
So far, the proof that this is the case is coming through in the form of patches. A post on Joystiq from today reports that the PlayStation 3 version of the game has gotten a patch, ready to download in all territories but North America—which should be coming “as soon as possible.” That patch is “mainly focused at increasing game stability and contains a number of crash fixes,” says the patch-notes post over on the BattleLog. Additionally, the “one-hit kill bug” will also hopefully be fixed with this patch.
Meanwhile the PlayStation 4 version of the game also has a patch, with the same one-hit kill bug being squashed, along with helping to fix a few other crash problems reported in the game.
And that’s not all. Said DICE in the post: “We are already working on the next PS4 update that will contain more fixes and have a bigger focus on game stability. Stay tuned.”
So it’s happening. It’s a sad state of affairs that these games keep coming out in desperate need of patching and fixes. That said, it’s a fact of life that games are getting more and more complicated. The more parts you have, the more potential there is for something to get fucked up. Let’s all just try to stay calm and remember: if the biggest thing we’re mad about is a video game not working right, we’re doing okay, right?