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Battlefield 4 Problems a result of rushing to compete with Call of Duty

by Bill Hess on November 6, 2013


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DICE has been pretty quiet about Battlefield 4 problems since the October 29th release.  But make no mistake about it, the game is having a list of issues, especially on PC, where it’s most rabid fanbase calls home.  A moderator on the Battlefield 4 Reddit thread claims to have had a confidential conversation with DICE QA, and gives a number of reasons why the game is experiencing problems.

Then you have EA that wants us to release 2 weeks before CoD to avoid competition

“First we have a company culture that always want more and more in the game until the very end of the project which puts an enormous strain on QA to test everything.  Then you have EA that wants us to release 2 weeks before CoD to avoid competition.  The biggest thing though is the time it takes to test.  Imagine the number of combination of vehicles/weapons/gadgets and accessories.  We do test EVERYTHING we really do.  But let’s say we test the Spas-12 with silencer in June before we release.  Then a sound guy makes a change in July which breaks it.  Do you test everything again?  Do you forbid anyone to do work on the Spas-12 after we’ve tested it?

It’s a very hard question to answer and something we in DICE QA struggle with a lot.  Alos when it comes to testing there are just so many test cases and some are really hard to solve while others are not thought of completely.  Imagine we are 300 people at DICE, imagine we test the game 1000 hours per person.  That’s 300,000 hours of testing.

Then imagine we release the game and 5 million people buy it and play for one hour.  That’s 5 million hours tested in the first hour the game is released and on so many different set-ups we couldn’t get close to!

We want to talk to people about this but the internet hate machine is such a tender thing and saying nothing and just fixing seems to be the safest way to not stir up an even worse shitstorm.  People always misquote, misunderstand and a comment like the one I’m making to you could potentially do more damage than good.”

DICE hasn’t come out and issued an official word on when players can expect patches to fix the game breaking bugs in Battlefield 4, but from the sounds of these comments, they are on the case.


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  • HeadRone

    I hope those “game breaking” kinks get ironed out before the next-gen rolls out in a couple weeks. Fingers crossed.

    • jaskdavis

      Me too man! To be fair though, this game is working a lot better than BF3’s release lol

      • HeadRone

        I feel the same way. From what I’ve heard, the launch of BF4 is leaps and bounds ahead of BF3 when it launched.

      • dave mcnair

        Even the die hard pc guys are impressed at bf4s potential but they need to sort out the kinks asap. I expect bother on release for next gen too but hey fuck it I’m all in!

  • Lacerz

    I’m reading that CoD is having some serious issues on the PS4, X1 and PC. Why can’t devs release fully functioning games and quit treating paying customers like beta testers?

    • Joe

      Duh! Read the article! That explains EXACTLY why it is nearly impossible to release a perfect game.

      Cut them some slack. Sure there are issues but for the most part they are not showstoppers. I’ve been playing all week with no significant issues.

    • HeadRone

      “Imagine we are 300 people at DICE, imagine we test the game 1000 hours per person. That’s 300,000 hours of testing.

      Then imagine we release the game and 5 million people buy it and play for
      one hour. That’s 5 million hours tested in the first hour the game is
      released and on so many different set-ups we couldn’t get close to!”

      This is why.

  • therapiist

    And people start going ape shit on Dice, once their game is release. But people keeping forgetting that EA wants its out the door before call of duty is release..All EA is thinking about is $$$, they don’t care if the game is release half broken

  • RoadShow

    I’m glad I waited on current gen for BF4. I remember the first few days of BF3 and man it was bad. Such a smooth experience now and I’m sticking with that.

    Actually I’ve been playing a lot of BF 1943 lately. I know I know I get ragged on about the graphics but it’s a tremendously fun game. Last night we had the enemy team pushed back to their carrier and I launched an air raid got almost every single one of the enemy team in one sweep. The list of deaths just kept rolling in and I was loving it (despite getting no points for enemy base kills).

    • dave mcnair

      1943 a great liitle game

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      you got it for current gen? why not ps4?

      • RoadShow

        No I’m waiting for PS4.

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