DICE: Battlefield 4 Xbox One Patch This Week, Next PS4, PC Updates Tomorrow
Even by DICE and EA’s historically rocky launch standards, it’s been a rough one for Battlefield 4, especially on Xbox One.
Since Microsoft’s new console hit the shelves on November 22, Battlefield 4 has been plagued by problems, including but not limited to:
- Not being able to connect to EA servers
- Campaign saves and multiplayer progress being wiped
- Regular crashes and overall stability issues
- Not being able to join Friends
- Hardcore mode servers being completely unplayable
- A “one-hit kill” bug where a single bullet applies multiple times its normal damage
The problem was compounded when, four days ago on November 28, DICE kicked off a full double XP week for Battlefield 4 as an apology for launch issues. Nice gesture, but the Xbox One patch to resolve the problems causing all the launch issues DICE is apologizing for still hasn’t arrived.
But it should sometime this week (hopefully before the double XP week ends on Thursday, December 5). In a post on the Battlefield Control Room, DICE noted the patch is now being finalized:
Just a quick note that we’re finalizing the upcoming Xbox One Game Update and aiming to have that live the week of Dec 2. We will share the patch notes for this update soon. The update will focus on stability and performance, and includes a fix for the so-called “one-shot kill bug”. Stay tuned for full patch notes.
As for PlayStation 4, which experienced many of the same issues but received the first patches since Sony’s machine launched a week earlier, another much needed update is set to arrive tomorrow. It will help stabilize the game for players in a large party of friends, but more importantly, it will fix the “one-shot kill” bug.
On the PC side, your patch is also coming tomorrow and will feature the following fixes:
Dec 3 PC Game Update Notes
-Removed the blur effect on soldiers that appeared when Commanders were using EMP attacks
-Fixed the audio bug where audio sometimes randomly dropped out while playing on certain multiplayer maps (typically Golmud Railway and Hainan Resort)
-Fixed the “one-hit kill bug” where occasionally damage from a single bullet was applied multiple times
-Fixed a common crash that would occur when exiting from the Single Player Campaign to Main Menu
-Tweaked the network and computer performance screen to show proper values. Players can now test their computer and network connection and get recommendations if they need to adjust something to improve their gameplay experience
As a long-time Battlefield player and fan, I fully expected these types of issues, but I find it particularly annoying with Battlefield 4. The game itself is more of an expansion to Battlefield 3 than a full-blown sequel, so you would think DICE would have shipped a more polished product. Then there is Battlefield Premium and the many DLC packs in the pipeline. I can’t even enjoy sequential matches in Battlefield 4 on PC without major problems and yet DICE and EA will expand the core game (with Second Assault already out for Xbox One and China Rising hitting PC tomorrow for Premium) before the fundamental issues are addressed.
Your $60 game doesn’t work as it should, and yet you want me to shell out more money for it. That makes perfect sense… if I’m an EA accountant who has never actually seen a game of Battlefield.