DICE to Halt All Projects Until Battlefield 4 is Fixed

DICE plans to fix Battlefield 4 before moving onto games like Battlefront.

EA has been having a rough year with the disappointing SimCity launch, Origin issues, and more recently the failed Battlefield 4 launch. The only thing saving DICE and EA these days is the promise of a new and improved game--hopefully soon! 

DICE is putting Battlefield 4 players first!

DICE announced today that they will be putting a halt on all projects and DLCs until the current issues of Battlefield 4 are fixes, across all consoles. In a statement released to IGNDICE confirmed that their primary focus is to fix Battlefield 4 before moving onto other projects such as the well anticipated Star Wars Battlefront 3 and Mirror's Edge 2. 

"[DICE is] not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues 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."

With recent releases of not so successful patches, like the one for PlayStation 4, one has to wonder what will come of any other updates in the future. I am not too optimistic about how many problems DICE can fix in a short time, however, I'm sure if they take another couple of months they will get it right. Like me, many players are frustrated with the handling of the game and I will give DICE credit for acknowledging their mistakes in regards to Battlefield 4's release.

“We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right.”

I am excited to see what DICE will do for Battlefield 4 players. But unfortunately it does mean a halt on some games I was really excited about--Mirror's Edge 2! What do you think about DICE's statement? Do you think the game is even worth saving at this point? Should they put a hold on other great games just to fix this one, which some would say is broken?

Published Dec. 5th 2013
  • ConsortiumCzar
    Very good article :)
  • ConsortiumCzar
    Very good article :)
  • Miranda Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Thank You!
  • Spyke_3447
    I think the power balance between publishers and developers is the core issue here. If it wasn't finished and the publisher pressured them to get this game out for the "christmas rush" along with the consoles themselves.

    Then clearly EA should be getting shat on by gamers (AGAIN!) and players need to further remind DICE that we as customers understand they're doing their best in an industry where total morons who are great at counting beans but not at understanding the technological limitations of developers and how using all that new "good stuff" from the new consoles processing power etc, doesn't just happen on a whim and sometimes are NOT technological limitations but innovation limitations they THEMSELVES are placing on them.

    How many folks played BF4 and went,

    "oh... this is nostalgic, so it's a basically a dumbed down Battlefield 2142... with elements of halo?"
  • Death Metal Hero
    Really disappointing and unprofessional of both DICE and EA to release a game that is so riddled with bugs and glitches that it is nearly unplayable. Feels like EA just pressured DICE to release it as fast as possible. Publishers and Developers both need to realize that video games need to be finished before releasing them to the public. Creativity takes time; I'd rather have a game be delayed for another 6 - 10 months than have it be released on time and buggy as all hell.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I think with this being both generations they pushed it out the door way before it was ready. I agree to a certain extent they should hold off on shipping the game broken, but it depends on the degree the bug may effect the game.

    Either way, no one's a winner in this situation, but a well written article none the less.
  • Miranda Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Totally agree with you there! I haven't been able to play since the new patch. It crashes after 5 minutes, I don't know what is going on! haha.
  • Miranda Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Yes, I don't mind them shipping games by the deadline as long as if any known bugs can be fixed with a day one patch or something. But DICE has released multiple updates and none seem to work fully, it is so frustrating paying for something that doesn't work.

    And thanks for the compliment!
  • Tommy_1599
    Unprofessional would have been missing the next gen console launch. Missing ship dates cost a lot of money. A LOT. Not to mention, the loss in market share they would have seen with only CoD being out.

    There is a point of no return in a project's development cycle, and most of the time, it is long before being able to foresee something like this. At least they are taking responsibility and making it a priority. I don't remember anyone calling Bethesda unprofessional for the state of Skyrim, which was much worse, and didn't have nearly as demanding of a life cycle as BF4 did.
  • Death Metal Hero
    I'll be the first to say that I thought Skyrim was a major hype fest, could've been SO much better. But yeah you're right, there is a point of no return, and its really good that they are trying to fix it. But I feel that games need time to be good, rushing stuff only results in mess ups.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    Good bye BattleFront :O

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