Battlefield 4 has been blighted with problems for some players since its launch, but that didn't stop EA and DICE releasing the first DLC to Battlefield Premium subscribers -- in the process introducing a selection of new issues.
Now, presumably at least partly in response to player feedback and widespread criticism, developer DICE has placed all expansions and future projects on hold in order to focus on fixing the game.
"First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4," an EA spokesperson told Polygon. "We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game -- it is absolutely our number one priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game."
The reason China Rising was released even as the game was continuing to suffer problems for many players was that it had already been almost completed by the time Battlefield 4's issues in the wild started to arise, and as such DICE (or, more likely, parent company EA) decided to keep its original promise and deliver the DLC on time.
"We're not moving on to future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4," the statement continued. "We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right."
Stirring stuff, though it's interesting that the words "sorry" or "apologize" didn't appear anywhere in there.
DICE's postponement of future projects means that both the reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront and the sequel to Mirror's Edge will likely be delayed somewhat -- though the team is quite right to feel that getting a game that's already on the market working properly should be its priority!
If you've been having problems with Battlefield 4, stay tuned to the Battlefield 4 Control Room for the latest news on the game, and hopefully before long it'll be a more stable, enjoyable experience for everyone, not just a lucky few.