EA’s 2013 first-person shooter “Battlefield 4” recently underwent some updates, according to a post on the site’s blog. The Jan. 13 post detailed many fixes for the game. Since the launch of “Battlefield 4,” users have experienced many bugs, including being unable to join “BF4” servers after installing DLC, loss of progress in single player campaigns, one-hit kill bugs and incorrect matchmaking. The high number of user complaints caused EA to cease development of upcoming DLC and focus solely on remedying the title’s many errors.
“Today, we are rolling out a new PC update for ‘Battlefield 4,’” the post stated. “This patch will address several stability and balancing issues, graphical glitches, repair rate speeds and more.”
The patch consisted of “various fixes for improving general stability,” which included a corrected memory leak that halted out-of-memory crashes in longer-play shutdowns, a fix for the sound loop deadlock when running High/Ultra graphics settings, a remedy for a feedback timing issue where blood was appearing before other damage indicators and before any damage was done, a patch for a bug where players’ rank icons on the scoreboard were unable to update as well as a repair for users unable to play “Battlefield 3” and “Battlefield 4” on Windows 8.1.
The blog post also stated that PC updates would address problems with killer health cards not being correctly updated when players were injured; repair friendly markers not appearing properly, which would result in players shooting team members; increase damage by 25 percent for the Stealth Jet 20mm cannons; fix a camera glitch players faced when switching weapons while moving in crouch; fix a bug that caused players to experience intermittent engine sound dropouts when driving wheeled infantry fighting vehicles and repair flickering in certain maps and minimaps.
“Battlefield 4” hit shelves on Oct. 29 last year for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The title is currently available for the next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Since its launch, “Battlefield 4” was full of major technical issues and faced crashes across all platforms. When players complained, EA and DICE responded quickly, creating patches for the game. DICE even announced that development on future games would be halted until “BF4” was working properly. "We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our number one priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game,” an EA representative told gaming site IGN in December. "We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right."
A class action lawsuit was even filed against EA last December, accusing the company of failing to disclose the number of problems with the game, which caused several delays in various projects, resulting in EA being unable “to achieve the financial results it had told the market it was on track to achieve.” The suit was filed by Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd LLP, which felt that the company gave “false and misleading statements to stockholders.” EA responded by calling the suit “meritless” and stated they would continue to “aggressively defend” themselves.
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