EA DICE has halted development on all Battlefield 4 expansions until the core game is up to scratch.

It has also suspended work on Battlefront 3.

"First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4," said EA in a statement.

"We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our No. 1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game.

“Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we're not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4,” it added.

“We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right."

The multiplayer in the game’s next-gen versions has been plagued by bugs and connection issues, with many players reporting being dropped, booted, or simply unable to get into a game.

On top of that, the introduction of the game’s China Rising expansion appears to have created a number of new problems.

In related news, DICE’s Johan Andersson told Tom’s Hardware that resolution had to be sacrificed to get 64 players running at 60 frames per second on a single server in Battlefield 4’s PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.

“Getting to 64 players and getting to 60 FPS was the most important thing because we wanted to bring this PC game experience,” he said.

“And if you play Battlefield I think you’ll agree that the actual game experience of playing on the 64-player server and everyone is interacting, I mean, and having a great frame rate is actually a significant difference from what we had on the current generation of consoles with only 24 players.

“We’re not running at the full native 1080p; we’re running a little bit lower resolution than that,” added Andersson.

“But I think it was well worth those trade-offs in order to make sure that we can actually have the full sort of PC game experience overall being on there.”