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'Battlefield 4' DLC work suspended to focus on fixes

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The China Rising DLC add-on for Battlefield 4 was released Tuesday for Premium subscribers. While some saw that as good news, PC players in particular saw a new set of bugs and connectivity issues introduced. Electronic Arts and DICE announced Wednesday that work on future expansion has been suspended until the game can be stabilized on the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms.

"First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4," an EA Dice spokesperson told Polygon. "We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game — it is absolutely our No. 1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we're not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4. We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right."

Battlefield 4 users have been frustrated with connectivity issues, lag and numerous bugs since the game launched at the end of October for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and alongside the PS4 and Xbox One launches. A new patch was released to the PC yesterday that only partially fixed the one-hit kill bug. However, the promised PS4 patch was delayed for more testing and there's been no mention of a new Xbox One patch.

Additionally, the China Rising launch has been fraught with problems as well.

"While exploring new battlegrounds in the Battlefield 4 expansion, China Rising, you may run into an occasional hiccup, issue, glitch, or problem that could interrupt or prohibit your gameplay," EA wrote on its support site.

PC players that have downloaded China Rising are reporting that they get dropped within seconds of joining a match. Meanwhile, some Xbox 360 users say they can't even find a server to connect with.

That DICE and Electronic Arts was willing to halt work on planned future expansions illustrates the severity of the issues with the game.

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