The launch of Battlefield 4 has been extremely troubled. On top of multiple game-breaking bugs on nearly every supported system, Electronic Arts (EA) has been taking some serious heat with reports of investors threatening to sue the publisher over being mislead by the state of the game at release.
EA took a big step in fixing those bugs this morning with the release of the latest patch for the Xbox One, ending a slew of issues including the “kill trading” bug.
Today's patch tweaks the games online code to reduce “kill trading,” where two players firing at each other die at the same time yet allowing one player who's already dead to get a score on the kill. A common occurrence in such a manic, high speed game.
Here's a full list of the fixes coming in the patch:
-Fixed a common crash that could occur during gameplay.
-Fixed an issue that could corrupt save files in the single player campaign.
-Fix for the game mode specific ribbons being counted twice in the multiplayer progression.
-Fix for a graphical glitch that could appear on terrain.
-Fix for the SUAV (introduced in the China Rising expansion pack) not exploding when hitting enemy soldiers. While these indeed should be deadly, they were never designed for "roadkilling" opponents.
-Fix for an issue where 4x the damage from a vehicle's minigun would be applied to the chest when a player had the Defense specialization equipped.
-Servers that friends are playing on now have a higher priority in the server list.
-Server Browser is no longer showing empty or full servers by default.
-Balancing jet handling across all stealth and attack jet classes.
-Fixed a bug in Defuse mode where defenders could win a round by killing all the attackers without disarming the bomb. If the attackers arm the bomb, the defenders need to disarm it to win, even if they have killed all the attackers.
-Fix for a Defuse bug where none of the teams would win a round by letting the timer run out.
-Fix for players getting stuck in the revive screen.
-Fix for players getting stuck in the kill camera after being revived. Note that you might see a graphical bug on-screen after being revived when accepting a revive within 1 second. This graphical bug will be removed in the next patch.
-Fixed the instance where players suddenly would transition into Spectator Mode while playing the Defuse game mode.
-Fix for the death camera/screen being displayed too early.
-Raised the first-person camera slightly for walking in crouch to more accurately reflect the actual position of the character.
-Fixed an issue with the party chat app not working.
-Fixed an issue in the in-game Battlelog where non-ASCII characters would display incorrectly.
-Fixed an issue when maps were not loading properly while player didn't have the game in full screen.
This is just the latest in a string of systems-wide patches to fix multiple issues with Battlefield 4. EA has confirmed that they have halted all work on expansions to the title until all the known issues can be fixed. The problem has become so intense that EA's stock has dropped with multiple investors threatening lawsuits.