All of February 2014 has been declared Player Appreciation Month by Battlefield 4 creators DICE, as the developer continues its attempts to address and attone for game stability issues that have plagued the popular shooter since its launch last October.
Player Appreciation Month is set to kick off on Saturday February 1st PST, running through until March 3rd and playing host to a double XP weekend (two for Battlefield 4 Premium owners), daily Battlepack bonuses, community challenges rewarding yet more Battlepacks and the launch of Shortcut Bundles, which as they did for Battlefield 3, will allow players to purchase certain unlocks as a catch up method to veteran players. Full details can be found in this extensive post
DICE GM Karl Magnus Troedsson has also used the promotional announcement to point out that engineering on the game's remaining issues continues, and more fixes will be rolling out in February:
The latest information on our game updates can always be found in the BF4 Control Room, including a few new additions that I'm pleased to say are coming soon. First, we are further improving a number of items commonly referred to as “netcode”. This will tighten the overall multiplayer experience, and we will be able to share these items with you in detail soon. In February, we’re also re-introducing the fan favorite feature Platoons in its first iteration. In this added social layer, you can team up with your friends to create your own social space and accumulate stats together. We’re also working on other feature additions that you’ve been asking for – stay tuned for more.
Disappointingly, there's still no word on a release date for the overdue Second Assault DLC, which launched exclusively on Xbox in December but was postponed on PC and PlayStation platforms while developer resources were supposedly diverted to fixing the base game's broken fundamentals.