It’s no secret that Battlefield 4 is currently having some server problems on the Playstation 4. However, Sony insists they’re doing what they can to address the situation.
During a recent chat with CVG, Sony Computer Entertainment’s vice president of marketing John Koller said the poor performance reflects on both the publisher and the platform in this case. Although he thinks it’s a little unfair to single out Battlefield 4, he said the company is doing their best to fix the issues currently associated with the title.
“Let me answer this higher above ‘Battlefield 4’ because it’s not fair, I think, to focus just on that. But in general, when these kinds of situations occur we work very closely with the publisher,” Koller said when asked if Sony “takes a back seat” to these problems.
He continued, “I’m not saying that’s happening specifically with ‘Battlefield’ but in general when there’s network issues or any issues related to gameplay we work very closely, because it reflects on the platform as well. We want it solved just like the publisher wants it solved so we generally work together.”
There were reportedly numerous issues with Battlefield 4 when it launched across several platforms last year. However, the PS4 version seemed to have the lion’s share of problems right out of the box. As a result, Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE) postponed future projects and expansion packs to devote their full attention to these problems.
Developers recently announced that a multi-platform patch for Battlefield 4 should arrive before the end of the month. However, it’s unclear which issues this update will address. A lot of folks are still having issues with frame rate drops, rubber-banding, a lack of player damage, and a “desynchronized game world.”
To make matters worse for Electronic Arts, the legal team responsible for spearheading the Enron scandal reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit against EA over their handling of the game. The claim alleges that the company made “materially false and misleading statements” about Battlefield 4, which caused EA’s stock value to increase. This allegedly allowed a handful executives to sell their shares at higher prices.
“We believe these claims are meritless. We intend to aggressively defend ourselves, and we’re confident the court will dismiss the complaint in due course,” EA explained.
Any way you slice it, the Battlefield 4 launch was a headache for just about everyone involved. While EA and DICE are working behind-the-scenes to address these issues, it’s currently unknown if players will ever receive a bug-free version of the game.