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Battlefield 4 drags down EA stock

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Battlefield 4 has been plagued with issues. At first people thought it was just a few kinks that needed ironing out at launch, and yet the game is still struggling, particularly on Xbox One and PS4.

Yesterday, Geoff told you that BF4 wouldn’t be getting any new DLCs until the game was fixed. Server issues, glitches, game ejections, the list of problems goes on and on. EA has released yet another patch to try to fix the PS4 version, yet problems persist on Xbox One and PS4 such as the game crashing after matches and continued server woes.

On the heels of this news, EA stock has tumbled 5%, closing yesterday at $21.21 compared to the previous closing price of $22.34. This is certainly not what EA was hoping for, yet it should have been seen far in advance. Even the BF4 beta was problematic – there’s no shame in the fact that the game was simply not ready. However, the fact that BF4 was released anyway has alienated gamers and tarnished the brand. This is not the levolution they were looking for.

Last Updated: December 6, 2013

39 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 6, 2013 at 10:11

    Good. There should be consequences for releasing broken games, and pretending like it’s okay. Having it hit them in the money bags is the only way something might change.

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    • Kensei Seraph remembers Madiba

      December 6, 2013 at 10:16

      As long as it doesn’t affect Dragon Age Inquisition.

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      • Hammersteyn

        December 6, 2013 at 10:20

        Hopefully Bioware can keep the doors locked when EA comes to oversee the game development

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        • Ultimo_Cleric N7

          December 6, 2013 at 10:37

          Yeah, like they did with Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3……EA still havent learnt that gamers are going to be happy with half ass work.

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          • Matthew Holliday

            December 6, 2013 at 11:18

            i think they will be forced to learn now.the stock market is a tangible thing, and Battlefield is purely an EA game, its not a sub thing like Mass Effect 3 was with Bioware.
            the impact that their own game had on the stock market will not go un-noticed.
            hopefully its the kick in the crotch that they need to atleast get the release dates right.

            they can tackle the DRM/microtransactions/useless DLC things later.
            babysteps.

      • Matthew Holliday

        December 6, 2013 at 11:21

        set for release in Q3 2014, and they already have a working beta which they showed off at pax ( i think )
        they got 9 months to turn a working game into a finished product. sounds doable to me.
        the Bioware games have atleast always been stable, so we can be fairly confident that the game atleast works 100% when released.

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    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      December 6, 2013 at 10:30

      Never gonna happen…look at Diablo 3… Skyrim…

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      • ToshZA

        December 6, 2013 at 11:23

        Both games that have since redeemed themselves.

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        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          December 6, 2013 at 11:31

          After AGES of Patches upon Patches…

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          • ToshZA

            December 6, 2013 at 11:32

            Nah, D3 fixed it by being released on console. The PC version still sucks.

    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 6, 2013 at 11:25

      They’ll just issue a huge statement about fixes and the stockholders will go for it. Though I hope this doesn’t rectify itself soon, EA needs to learn.

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    • BF4Blog.com

      December 6, 2013 at 16:57

      Agreed sir

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  2. Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

    December 6, 2013 at 10:16

    Hopefully the game Devs will learn from EA’s mistake… but I somehow doubt it

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      December 6, 2013 at 10:27

      They were rushed, should of made it come out later and made it perfect!

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  3. Hammersteyn

    December 6, 2013 at 10:18

    They better fix it fast. BF is one of their main series and if they piss enough gamers off they might just get another one of these…

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    • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

      December 6, 2013 at 10:20

      One problem with that golden poo… it’s not on fire

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        December 6, 2013 at 10:26

        but you cant put out golden poo burning by someones door step, will break your foot! wait! *ponders* it will break their foot! *rubs hands together*

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    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 6, 2013 at 11:26

      That’s not poo. No way someone’s poo is that perfectly shaped. Looks more like golden soft serve ice cream

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    • BF4Blog.com

      December 6, 2013 at 16:59

      http://www.bf4blog.com/ea-voted-worst-company-america/

      They have my vote for the 3rd year in a row

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      • Hammersteyn

        December 6, 2013 at 18:24

        I saw the Angry Joe rant πŸ™‚ Very colourfull guy that. Messing with SimCity the way they did was one thing but Battlefield. They are playing with fire.

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  4. FoxOneZA

    December 6, 2013 at 10:21

    Jislaaaaaik levolution at the stock exchange boet πŸ˜›

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  5. Airborne

    December 6, 2013 at 10:23

    …and the COD haters are where?

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  6. Airborne

    December 6, 2013 at 10:27

    In Other news….

    AMD FTW!
    COD is the greatestest game ever

    Ohh and I have a major crush on Brenda

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      December 6, 2013 at 10:30

      You sad sad little man!

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    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 6, 2013 at 11:27

      Not really newsworthy. Except for the AMD part.

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  7. Sageville

    December 6, 2013 at 10:31

    The PS3 version is stable… well it feels like it, but the textures are shite.

    I hope this gets fixed for our PS4 release.

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    • FoxOneZA

      December 6, 2013 at 10:33

      Frostbite always looked meh on consoles.

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  8. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    December 6, 2013 at 10:36

    EA Strikes again. Forcing develpoers to launch a game that’s not finished. Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Sim City……..all great example to show that EA deserves to shamed……AGAIN.
    What a bunch of suits….

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    • ToshZA

      December 6, 2013 at 11:22

      ME3 was awesome. The rest I agree with, but not ME3

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      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        December 6, 2013 at 11:47

        Dude, I am basically an ME fanboy. And played that game every day for almost a year on MP (got into the top 15). The game is incredible and one of my top5……but the last 10 minutes were a kick in the balls to ANY Mass Effect fan. Bioware even confirmed afterwatds that the ending had been rushed to meet EA’s and Casey Hudson’s deadlines. It is still one of the biggest fan backlashes in Gaming history with a horde of people demanding a better ending, which we eventually got with the DLC.
        Dont get me wrong, I LOVE THE GAME AND THE SERIES, but it was one of the biggest examples of EA rushing Bioware to complete a game in time for their ‘schedule’, and in the process ruining one of gaming greatest storeis until a DLC release 6 months later.
        Still Bioware are amazing with how they handled it with all the free DLC and fan support. But it still happened πŸ™

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        • ToshZA

          December 6, 2013 at 11:53

          So you’re raging over an unfinished game because of the last 10 minutes of en epic 3 game series? I’m sorry, but I cannot understand how 10 minutes of a game which sucked for some people makes it unfinished. I didn’t need the DLC. I was happy just the way it was. It never felt unfinished. Not once. So, no. The game WAS finished. The ending made people upset, but not everyone. That doesn’t make it unfinished…

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          • Willem Swanepoel

            December 6, 2013 at 12:53

            true, ME3 was not a rushed project and EA was not involved in that poor ending. It was all Bioware there… they fked up…

          • ToshZA

            December 6, 2013 at 15:05

            Nobody fucked up. Read my post above. Oh wait, yes, the people fucked up, the people who didn’t like it because they don’t have the mental capacity to understand it.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            December 6, 2013 at 13:01

            Glad you were happy with the ending, but when you have a FB group of over 60K people moaning and articles from reviewers and fans alike about it being one of the biggest letdowns in gaming history, you know there might be an issue.

            Ok, you are correct, it was finished in terms of it not being buggy. There were no game breaking mechanics. And creatively Bioware can do whatever they like with the character. But rushing the finale of a 3 game series just to get it out on time does not make it right.
            A year before the game came out, Casey Hudson went on record with multiple magazines and said that the choices you made in the ENTIRE series would result in vastly different outcomes in the finale. Now be honest Tosh, did the ending feel that way for you?
            And THAT’s why I say it wasnt finished. Yes, it worked and the finale kind of made sense. But EA and Bioware over promised and under delivered.
            Mass Effect is still my favourite series of all time. No doubt. But the FACT is that EA made Bioware ruch the game to get it out on time. And thats the issue here.

          • ToshZA

            December 6, 2013 at 15:04

            *sigh*

            Really? Well, you see, the entire 3rd game changed depending on your choices. Quite drastically in some cases (Mordin, my man). So because of 10 minutes in an ending (which I thought was brilliant, an anticlimax is a relevant literary thing, btw – used to great effect in mass effect), you’re debunking an entire game that would provide a different experience for millions while playing it. In effect (loving these puns, that’s a play on words btw) you could play the same 3 games 5 or more times and experience something different during the game every time, based solely on your choices made in each. The ending was to me perfect, it epitomises what the universe is to us, and what we are to it. We are nothing to the universe, it will go on without us. Our choices matter only in our own lives, the universe doesn’t care. Robots don’t care. They will go on without us, no matter what choices we make. What a fantastic statement to make, and sure its a buzz-kill for those who want to always be the hero. But you’re not. Not to the universe, not to a robotic civilisation. That ending was perfect.

            And I must be honest here, the internet is filled with shallow, thoughtless, stupid people rushing to complain about something they don’t like, without taking a step back to appreciate a different opinion. I pity those people, for they are far more common than those who do think.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            December 9, 2013 at 13:04

            Im not talking about the whole game mate. Anything before the final scene was incredible and classic ME. Mordin’s scenes were probably some of the best in any game I have played. As was Thane’s. And even Grunt’s mission. Hell, I was even choked up with Anderson and Shepard’s dialogue at the end. But after that…. thats where things got annoying for me. Modin dies? Doesnt matter, red/green/blue. Wrex was killed in ME1? Doesnt matter, red/green/blue…..etcetcetc.
            I suppose we will have to agree to disagree here. Looks like we both feel pretty strongly about this. I will agree that people moan for no reason and close minded on the internet. If your opinion differs to someone else, you are automatically wrong.
            Also agree that ME3 is one of the best games ever made πŸ™‚

    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 6, 2013 at 11:27

      Don’t forget Darkspore. That game was so broken when they released it gamers were forced to download the entire game or it wouldn’t work at all.

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  9. Skyblue

    December 6, 2013 at 14:03

    Fix what? This is the best battlefield by miles…

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  10. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    December 6, 2013 at 20:11

    BF4 has been such a disappointment. It just sucks that the game is so glitchy and buggy. When it works, the experience is phenomenal. I’ve kind of stuck with it the last month or so, but I have to admit, they had a legitimate chance to take down COD with BF4. This is truly a case of rushing a gun nest, lobbing a grenade and just as you think you’ve scored a victory, you trip and impale yourself on your own bayonet.

    I think it’s pretty certain that EA is taking another Golden Poo next year, and I’m legitimately worried that Dragon Age Inquisition is going to be a rush job.

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