A Mantle patch is coming, but bug stomping takes top priority
AMD anticipated Battlefield 4 (BF4) being the first PC title to support its new Mantle API via a patch that was supposed to be made available before the end of the month. As it stands, BF4 will still be the first Mantle-optimized title, but the promised patch won't debut until sometime next month. Word from those in the trenches is that fixing various bugs in BF4 is taking a bit longer than expected.
"After much consideration, the decision was made to delay the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4," EA told SemiAccurate . "AMD continues to support DICE on the public introduction of Mantle, and we are tremendously excited about the coming release for Battlefield 4! We are now targeting a January release and will have more information to share in the New Year."
Mantle is expected to improve the look and performance of BF4, though EA wants to ensure a stable game experience before tacking on new stuff. AMD confirmed this was the case in a statement provided to Polygon , telling the gaming news site, "The cause of the delay is due to EA's recent decision to halt game development in favor of bug stomping."
AMD's confirmation echoes a statement EA made to the press a month ago in which the publisher said it would not take on additional projects or expansions "until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4."