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."