Battlefield 4 News: Game Under Investigation for Compliance with Security Laws, Microsoft Issues Refunds for Premium Editions
The various bugs, glitches, and overall broken nature of Battlefield 4 and its associated DLC are causing a lot of headaches, enough so that someone smells a potential pay check. A law firm is concerned about the game's possible lack of compliance with Federal Securities law, but it seems more like a smoke screen than anything else.
DualShockers is reporting that Law Firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel sent a press release announcing its investigation, but the release itself makes no mention on what laws may have been broken. Rather, there's a heavy emphasis on the firm investigating "statements issued by Electronic Arts and some of its executives between July 24th, 2013 and December 4th, 2013," specifically concerning the game's development and sales. For those of you not keeping track, right after this period is when reported Battlefield 4 problems reached a plateau. Things were so bad that EA issued an order to halt all work on the game's future DLC, projects, and brought in additional staff to fix the remaining issues.
The firm claims the goal of the investigation is to uncover possible lack of compliance of said statements with Federal Securities laws, and is "encouraging investors that purchased EA stock during the period mentioned and suffered losses on that investment to contact them."
The general consensus seems to be that the firm is ramping up for a possible lawsuit against EA, provided the company was aware of the game's issues, and statements made during the aforementioned period duped investors.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is taking its own steps to appease fans who have been less than thrilled with the game's various reported problem. After failing to get their DLC's ahead of general release, a number of Battlefield 4 Premium customers have applied for and successfully been given a full refund.
There's still a bit of a squabble from fans who think that the problems entitle them to continue to have access to Premium content like, despite that their money has been returned. All in all, it's the usual sort of back-and-forth you see on any forum or messageboard. Head to Battlelog for some light reading on the matter.
Sony has yet to say if they'll be offering a similar refund for its players, or if PlayStation 3 and 4 gamers will have to go directly through EA.