EA's biggest game of the year is broken, and the publisher is taking extraordinary steps to get it fixed.
Players of military shooter Battlefield 4 have reported several big issues with the game, including a bug that applies damage from a single bullet multiple times, killing the player instantly (quickly dubbed the "one-hit kill" by players). As a result, EA has said it will not work on any planned expansions to the game until the core product is running smoothly.
Speaking to IGN, an EA rep said "we know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game - it is absolutely our #1 priority." As a result, Developer DICE is "not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4."
The first of what are expected to be several patches is rolling out today. PS3 owners will see significant updates, while PS4 owners will get a quick fix removing the "one-hit kill" error. Xbox One owners will see an update later this week.
"We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain," EA said. "We will not stop until this is right."
While DICE has stopped future work on expansion packs for now, one piece of downloadable content -- China Rising -- will still come out, since it was in the final stages of development when EA made the decision to focus solely on the core Battlefield 4 issues.
Gamers who aren't playing Battlefield have raised concerns about how this edict will affect other games DICE is currently working on, including the highly-anticipated titles Mirror's Edge 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront, neither of which have been given firm release dates.
In a note to GameSpot, however, the company tried to settle those fears.
"The work being done to stabilize Battlefield 4 does not impact our release schedule for future titles," an EA representative told the site.
The game was widely expected to be among the year’s top hits, but came up a bit short with critics due to a lack of big improvements over Battlefield 3.
Worse yet, Wall Street has taken notice. EA's stock price dipped 6% in trading Thursday in response to the news.
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