EA has come as close as you’re ever likely to see to admitting that Battlefield 4 is broken, to the point where the company claims that developers DICE will not be working on any future expansions or projects until the game is working as intended. Speaking to IGN (Battlefield 4 – 8.5/10), an EA representative has said “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.”
DICE is “not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4,” the representative adds. The ‘China Rising’ DLC has already been released, of course, but their excuse for that is the add-on was “already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4.” Which is quite possible.
Further patches and updates to the game will be coming on all platforms, including the PC which is still suffering from server-based issues and problems with the multiplayer.
You may now be wondering how Battlefield 4 achieved an average score of no less than 8/10 across all platforms (as tracked by metacritic.) Could it be that a majority of reviewers just missed the multiplayer problems? Well, in a way, yes. Most of the reviews close to the embargo date were based on attendance of an EA-controlled event at which the multiplayer probably functioned just fine, as it was in very localised conditions. The rest of the high scores you can probably put down to basic incompetence.
IncGamers’ Tim McDonald gave the PC version of Battlefield 4 a 5/10, on the basis that there was a decent game in there somewhere, just one that wasn’t reliably functioning at the time of release.