Battlefield 4 players suffering from "intermittent connectivity issues"

Problems persist for EA's latest military FPS.

Despite numerous patches and updates to the game, Electronic Arts' military shooter Battlefield 4 continues to experience various issues. A banner on the game's support site today explains that DICE is aware of the new connectivity problems, affecting various platforms, and will have more to share sometime later.

"We are continuing to monitor some intermittent connectivity issues affecting some players across various platforms. Thank you for your patience. We will update this with further information as available," reads the update.

It is not clear how widespread the issues are, or exactly what is going wrong to cause the problems. Whatever the case, these issues appear to be separate from the numerous bugs that continue to beset the game that DICE has outlined as part of its top issues tracker.

We've reached out to an EA representative working on the DICE team for further comment and clarification on today's announcement.

The bugs affecting Battlefield 4 are not only a headache for players, but for EA as well. A class-action lawsuit has been commenced against the publisher, claiming senior EA executives knew--and failed to disclose--that the game would be buggy.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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YukoAsho
YukoAsho

See, this is why I've pledged never to buy an EA game in the 8th generation.  They don't care about the product, only about monetization.  Not that I mind companies making money, but I hate companies that do it in a sleazy way, and that's pretty much EA to a tee.

deltafrsty
deltafrsty

This is scrap, Big develooper , just want to sell the game and let them with this shit. need to click 200 times to connect , and close , open my xbox one 5 time...Multiplayer there is no change in 2 year and don't work, i though call of duty is bad, battlefield4 is the worst. 

brolicdebobeast
brolicdebobeast

I think EA deserves every lawsuit it gets. This is pitiful. I returned that piece of garbage. What really baffles me is how is this game even being sold? Why is it on store shelves? It's NOT FINISHED. Not nearly. It's false advertisement to the fullest. I got tricked because I didn't know any better. Saw the game on the shelves so hey, who am I to think other wise. Until I got home and had so many problems I had to google it and found out what's REALLY going on. But that was only AFTER I spent another 50 bucks on Premium. Damn I was pissed. The jerkoffs don't even have a finished game and they have enough greedy nerve to throw DLC content down our throats. IF I ever made it past the loading screen on the home page, and IF I hadn't lost connection to EA servers, and IF I didn't get automatically sighned out, and IF I finally was able to browse servers, and IF I finally was able to see a server that looked promising, I STILL couldn't click on it because a damn advertisement for Premium popped up and wouldn't let me "X" it out so I could get the server. What a disgrace. I think EVERYBODY who bought this trash should get a refund and the game should be recalled from stores. AT LEAST put a sign up letting people know that this game is completely broken rather than sitting on the top of the shelves looking all shiny, just waiting to rob someone of their money. If I had to rate this game, it is EASILY with the top 10 WORST games of all time. The hell with "Oh, but it's such a good game when it works". By the time it works, you are going to be so stressed out and in complete realization of how much you have just been robbed. What a scam.

AVIDBOY5
AVIDBOY5

If I could review this game, I would give it a N/A.  I haven't been able to play it at all, my single player campaign has reset 6 times now and I can't join an online match.

BadMonk
BadMonk

Last couple days been really hard to join games on xbox one version!! When you do get in a game it's awesome though :)

bhop123
bhop123

Cant play online with my xbox one. worked better for the ps3! it makes no sense. but damn, aside from all these issues, that 60 frames is amazing.

okassar
okassar

I'm experiencing high latency/lag spikes/rubberbanding on the Xbox One version of BF4 (multiplayer) even though my internet speed is around 58 mb/sec. That's aside from the glitches, booting, and match entry problems. Anyone else with an Xbox One have the same issue?

sniperwol_basic
sniperwol_basic

Well from last 2, 3 days i have to spend  more than 30 minutes to join a conquest large server. $hittttt disconnecting error. Well done EA and DICE for this crap. It's about 3 months and still tons of issue.

UKFX
UKFX

http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/forum/threadview/2955064770579715724/1/

Ahh yeah, I forgot Gamespot doesn't report on important things.

Remember that 8.0 GS gave for the review copy of BF4 using the earlier stable build, prior to the broken mess that sat and waited to be released 2 weeks prior to official release? Yeah, that review copy. All the while EA higher ups raked in cash from the bullshit they claimed about how awesome, complete and well rounded the game was, all the while riding the share price but "conveniently" cashing in just before (whilst always knowing) releasing the buggy mess that the true build had to offer.

It's not a conspiracy. Whenever money is involved, it's never a conspiracy. Business is just that... greedy.

Yeah, well done on the 8 Gamespot... bravo...

Might want to re-review the game in its current state... or not.


Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

I had one day of great gaming in BF4 after turning the Network Smoothing factor down to 0% and only joining servers from my region. But the next day servers become just as bad and drop out halfway threw the match. Still wish I could see what other players have for connection or if they should join their own region. Please everyone do this so the game can be better for everyone.

rocafelon1001
rocafelon1001

Is it me or am I the only one having zero problems with this game? (X360)

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

I'm starting to suspect that the Frostbite engine is prone to buggy-ness and all sorts of other buggery.

RepoxMan1225
RepoxMan1225

Get Danger Close working on a new Medal of Honor game, at least Warfighter worked.

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

EA is on track to be worst company for 3rd time in a row

wallacom
wallacom

I feel so disappointed, after being a PC gamer for more than a decade and buying my first console ever (Xboxone)  with battlefield 4 I have to struggle with this $hit. Should have bought Ghosts instead.

Dragon240sx
Dragon240sx

I got this game on PC for christmas. I've played it everyday since and had zero problems so far, other than the fact it was down during maintenance. Maybe I'm just lucky?

Sadek
Sadek

EA is the worst publisher for games, period. All they worry about is money, and "How do we beat Activision?!". They dont give a damn about their customers, the people that actually pay for the games they publish. I feel like I'm wasting my money buying an EA game because I have to wait for when they're ready to let me play the game that I've already paid for. 

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Battlefield 4 suffers from "everything" issues. It's such a busted-ass mess. I just played one match of China Rising and unlocked four 25 point achievements. One for getting all the singleplayer assignments and another one for getting the top score on a singleplayer mission I have never played because it resets my progress to zero long before I'd ever even get there. So, basically I just unlocked 100 points for a mode I can't even play and DICE has never even acknowledged there a problem except via an offhand comment in some patch notes that says "lessened the probability that your save will explode." No, not "fixed," just lessened the probability. A while back I got another one for getting all the China Rising assignments without ever even have played a single match of it. What a disaster.

dmastor
dmastor

I have it for the Xbox one and lost my campaign twice! The game is a piece of crap and I refuse to get call of duty so i'm out a FPS until Titan-fall. 

lion2447
lion2447

Maybe they should have delayed it like Ubisoft did with Watch Dogs.  At least Ubisoft had the sense to know that there game was not ready for the market.  EA messed up Sim City 5 badly, and now this game seems to be like trying to get a plane off the ground with no wings.  If this was the days of the original Playstation, Nintendo, etc., they would have gone bankrupt.  No updating / fixing later meant those games of past had to be as perfect as they could get it before sending to market, since there was no second chances.

T-Bo-_-
T-Bo-_-

Even with all these problems I've been able to enjoy BF4 for a good month now and I'm still happy with my purchase on PS4.

danielcliment
danielcliment

Is this ever going to stop? How did DICE/EA managed to screw up such a good game..... greed, good old fashion greed....


By the way, I'm still waiting for those sound drops/q-bert graphics, map freezes, etc, for the 360... just saying...

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

These articles just keep on coming... It's getting depressing now... 

keyb0red
keyb0red

LOL I thought the article was about BF4 players being socially awkward people in real life

D4mn u GS for your misleading titles!

tzolynski
tzolynski

Its unfortunate that this is the first Battlefield i have owned...... I cant even play this game. The game I enjoyed the most when it did work was Conquest but i can now not even get into a game... It actually worked better when i first got it the last week i havent even been able to play it what a waste... Could be a great game but greed ruined it.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

"Fool me twice, shame on me."


As much as I'd love to blame EA and Dice for this, this is the second time in a row I've bought their shit.  Guarantee there won't be a third time.

At least in BF3 I could connect to the game. 

deadpen
deadpen

bf and cod just need to hang it up. Pretty soon the same game over and over will not sell. It is like friday the 13th, yea we all seen jason takes Manhattan, jason goes to hell, and jason x. Was it worth seeing.......NO but we did anyway cause we thought that with a 3-14 million dollar budget unlike the $550 k for the first one, that they couldn't drop the ball.


 Bf had how long to make bf4 to just redo bf3, but that isn't as bad as the two year redo on cod games. After MW2 all Infinity Ward games should have just been $10 downloadable updates and Treyarch's BO could have done the same thing (even though I really liked WaW and they could have started there). $60 for the same game with worse maps plus most of us spent a crap load just to get better maps that can't even be used on the new game. I bust out my CoD 2,3, and 4 from time to time just to play the Mexicans that bought it in mexico as a new arrival.

licenseddad
licenseddad

Maybe if you trolls would learn how to play the game you would not be so quick to bash it . I started on the 360 then    went to the Xbox one and have almost 100 hours in and am having a blast

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

I can see the suits at Activision laughing their asses off with all these issues....

Krauklis
Krauklis

Did not buy bf4 just like most of my 200 man clan, the 34 guys who bought it still have lots of issues, I think quite a large part of the PC community did not move on to bf3.

StokeMeAClipper
StokeMeAClipper

@Arsyad00 Same for me. Not sure what system you bought it for but I'm on PS4.

If I'm in a close quarters fight, I may as well put down the controller and take that opportunity to have a sip of drink. I'll either be dead by the time they appear on my screen or my shots wont connect.

The most noteworthy case was a guy swimming towards shore. I had burst fire on and shot him with about 8 bursts and not a single one connected. He then made it to shore and warped about 10 feet to the right behind some bushes. Then I instantly died apparently having been shot by him.///

UKFX
UKFX

@Dragon240sxLucky or naive.

My performance on the game is fine. I run a mix of high/ultra at 60-80fps at 1080p, so I'm quite happy with that. However... there are game-play bugs that are present in the game for everyone. Not being able to look out of vehicles without first cycling the view to 3rd person and back (no fix in Hardcore), or HMG ammo boxes blocking tank views. Missing animations in some instances. Vaulting over certain obstacles on certain maps will catapult you into the air and/or doing so whilst throwing ammo or med kits at the same time will do the same to those items.

I'd wager you think it is fine and an awesome game because you have failed to notice any bugs, or have seen minor ones and they haven't bothered you, but the truth is, the game is the buggiest mess I have ever played in my life. I know there are buggier games out there, but this is easily number 1 on all of the games I have played.

Random packet loss, generated within BF4, yet unrelated to ports or network setup are a common problem for a large amount of people on BF4. It's been posted around in many places and it's also got a lot of posts about it on EA Answers HQ. Packet loss that I get for zero reason.

I've experienced no packet-loss on anything or any game, ever - this is because I know how to set my network up properly. My average on InSSIDer for wireless network activity sits at a pleasant -45dBm with very few co-channels and this is whilst monitoring it. I'd wager it'd improve if my adapter wasn't continuously channel skipping for detection (so I'd say it'd probably be averaging about -42dBm). Other games have no problem, even if it is split second twitch-shooters.

Check this:

http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/forum/threadview/2955064770579715724/1/

Confirmed.

Some of those bugs don't happen often at all, but I'd take a guess and say that at least 100 of those are common occurrences - even if they are minor.

Also, that Voice Over bug that was carried over from BFBC2, is proof that things were rushed. Gustav Halling who works as a lead gameplay developer at DICE was unaware of it until I tweeted him a video showing the problem, which he viewed and favourited. This bug, where soldiers speak natively instead of using the voice over language setting in options was an issue in BFBC2, but could be remedied by altering the .ini. I don't see how that can be done on BF4.

On top of this, Q-quick tap inconsistencies still occur when spotting/asking for a ride from a helo, tank, bike, IFV, etc... the same issue that BFBC2 had.

Note many of the bugs in BF3 that we saw in BFBC2 weren't there, an because the game changed drastically and the number of years between each game was relatively large, you could see DICE had taken their time. Look forward to BF4 and the rush before release (to get it out before Ghosts, regardless of whether anyone disagrees), which was spurned on by the greedy higher ups to pocket stock trading profits, an we are left with a game that is beyond a mess.

Look back 2 weeks prior to BF4 release and you see a stable, earlier build... this was so people got a taster of the game (marketing ploy), without showing the more up-to-date build and thus showing off all of the bugs. The earlier builds had less too them, obviously, an some of the shaders were changed - most noticeably, the water. EA and DICE knew exactly what they had to offer, a complete failure of a game (in terms of functionality), yet did it anyway because of the money. Typical business, but one of few businesses in the gaming industry that do it and don't fix the problems. Oh, an if anyone considers 3-4 weeks per patch, "fixing" are sorely mislead because those fixes are usually 5-6 in number, and many of them don't do anything.

Finally, at the end of my long rant and post of oh-so-much-truthfulness, I'd just like to point out that one DICE developer at a BF4 event prior to the BETA coming out said they hated it when they had to release their games because "they were never finished". You could probably find that video on Youtube.

On a Swedish website, one person claiming to be a DICE dev claimed they had 100,000s, if not millions of lines of code to search through to find problems and this is ultimately the reason why patching takes so long. SO, if anyone bothered to see the bug thread I posted, don't expect to see at least half of those fixed in 6 months time, because not only are they useless at fixing anything, but future DLC will ultimately add other bugs as well.

An if you haven't got premium, I would not advise you to get it.

By the way, this is coming from someone who is not mad or raging, this is coming from a proper mature gamer who wanted and still WANTS the game to be good.

Good day.

bob_loblaw1981
bob_loblaw1981

@crunchb3rry you should reconsider Ghosts, im not saying its a ground breaking game, its not, but the only way to get EA to listen is to hit their bottom line, and seeing COD sales go up as theirs go down is the only way to get the message across imho.


I had bf4 for a week and took it back to Argos for a refund and got ghosts.


The way i see it anyone who doesn't do this and bitches about the game is just enabling EA to continue this kind of bullshit.

bob_loblaw1981
bob_loblaw1981

@dmastor did you get a refund? i did. Dont let EA get away with your money 5 mins with MS support on liev chat and they offered me a refund when i told them i bought it from a retailer, they gave me a case ref number to take to argos. When i got their the manager just said "another one" when i produced BF4 and issued me a cash refund to buy COD ghosts in another sotre as they had no stock left. I own COd as a protest to BF4 and i nejoy it for what it is, i pick up and play twitch shooter for short bursts of FPS fun

notorious98
notorious98

@lion2447They were afraid they'd be unable to gain any market share if they didn't release around the same time as CoD.  It's too bad the game is so buggy online because it puts CoD to shame in more aspects.

Romayo83
Romayo83

@licenseddad 

Same. I'm getting kicked out, freezing, lag and plagued with server problems though.