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EA: Battlefield 4 sales were unaffected by quality issues

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Sales of the first person shooter were unaffected by massive quality issues, according to publisher EA.

Battlefield 4 sales

When Battlefield 4 was released back in November 2013, it was basically unplayable on the PC (and a few other platforms). It took several weeks and several patches before developer DICE turned the game into a stable release.

Things were so bad that EA is now facing several class-action lawsuits over the state of Battlefield 4 when it launched. Lawsuits allege that EA misled investors, where company executives sold shares just days before Battlefield 4’s release.

Not only that, gamers and the fan-base complained loudly — including us here at BF4Central — about all the issues the game was facing.

With all these things going on, you’d think it would have an effect on sales. Not so, according to EA. During their recent investor call, EA COO Peter Moore said that sales of Battlefield 4 were unaffected by the quality issues. He said that Battlefield 4 did not sell any better or worse than EA’s other titles, such as FIFA and Need For Speed.

Moore added that EA will “continue to be able to sell [Battlefield 4] effectively throughout the next fiscal year”. EA did not release any Battlefield 4 sales numbers, though.

While the game has been criticized heavily over the past few months, developer DICE has been working hard, and has consistently released patches. However, as we saw with this week’s patch, they tend to introduce new problems with each update.

When Wall Street heard about the problems back in December, EA shares tumbled. Since then, EA’s share price has rebounded to its highest in months.

Last week, DICE announced Battlefield 4 player appreciation month in February, where players will get daily Battlepacks and other items, as a way of making up for all the present and past problems.

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17 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. BL
    February 1st, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I didnt have all the crashing issues until the first big patch hit then its been hit and miss since. The newest patch has the sound looping end of round music thru entire matches and no sound effects. Too many Snipers in hardcore mode that I loved so much in BF3 makes this unplayable to me now. I don’t play normal mode period. Waiting on better games coming like GTA 5 and The Division for PC.

  2. anonapotamus
    February 1st, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I feel the need to ask ea what it is like to single handedly destroy a franchise and arguably a company. Honestly, dice always has had a great reputation and great games, until now. And as long as they (dice) are underneath EA I, a longtime battlefield player, will be skeptical.

  3. Heh
    February 1st, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Ya, we should just go by what EA says right. If they’re not worried, and the numbers support their statements, then they would’ve released the numbers.

    Plus, do a comparison of how much was made from pre-orders, when they promised us a better game than BF3, and the sales made in the months following.

    Nut up or shut up, EA.

  4. Leo
    February 1st, 2014 at 10:02 am

    of course, most of the earning came from preorders based of false expectations. gg EA

  5. Rich
    February 1st, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Well I’ll be glad to sell them my copy back.

  6. WOOT FTW
    February 1st, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    But how much has the play count changed?

  7. Speedy
    February 1st, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    BS!
    Yet more EA PR damage control..
    Of course they’d never admit to reduced sales, as that would basically confirm that the class-action was valid.

  8. Arariel
    February 1st, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I call bullshit. There had to of been some sale loss, especially considering several people got a refund.

  9. plakman
    February 1st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    The sales on launch aren’t correct since offcourse all battlefield fan would preorder such a game…

    I want to know how many they sold with chrismas or something.

    They probably could’ve sold a lot more during that period alone if they just didn’t rush it.

  10. Guy98
    February 2nd, 2014 at 2:44 am

    They might not have lost too many BF4 sales (if they aren’t just plain lying), but you can guarantee that at least one customer won’t be getting anything else from EA or DICE. Entirely insignificant, but still.

    Battlefield 4 is the game that single-handedly made me give up all online games forever. There’s just no hope anymore.

  11. Mojobro360
    February 2nd, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I’ve actually had a lot of fun with Bf4 despite the glitches on 360. And it irritates me that people keep on bitching about it, by the 6th update the game is mostly playable and in the last hour it’s frozen only once so that’s good…….. for bf4 but still its fun and i can’t wait till SA comes out for 360.

  12. Mojobro360
    February 2nd, 2014 at 6:42 am

    why does it say that that comment was posted at 6:39 its 9:42

    • quads
      February 3rd, 2014 at 1:44 am

      To irritate you even more, I suppose.

  13. whatever_sa
    February 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 am

    hhahah, mantle performs worse than the standard settings.. so much for better performance

    Intel I5 3.3Ghz
    AMD R9 280x
    8GB RAM

    • flamingfirewolf
      February 3rd, 2014 at 1:20 am

      there is no “better performance” yet, that will come out later on…
      so far they are just getting the first part of the mantle process done and dusted and that is making sure that it is compatible with BF4….. the next part is making it work and then it will be made for performance…… but at this point in time mantle does nothing but it will be implemented later on when they get it working properly…….

      my question is:
      should i get a sapphire R9 290X tri?
      or a sapphire R9 280X toxic?
      if someone could help me with that i will be most grateful …..
      (i can afford either one)

  14. Andreas
    February 3rd, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    The latest patch was a placebo, wasn’t it?

  15. Wado Wado
    February 7th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    “company executives sold shares just days before Battlefield 4′s release”

    Of course they did, they release the game with all the problems, watch the stock tank, then buy it all back up again before it shoots back up. What did you expect?

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