Yesterday, DICE launched the latest patch for Battlefield 4 which enables Mantle API support along with other performance and stability fixes. While the patch only adds Mantle support to the game, an AMD catalyst driver update is still required to enable Mantle in-game.
AMD Confirms Mantle Catalyst Driver Delay – Could be Labeled 14.2 BETA
DICE had originally planned the launch of their Mantle Catalyst driver 14.1 BETA for late January and should have been available to users by now. However, it seems like AMD has to delay the update to early February (1st-2nd) due to a major bug which was found during the last minutes of the driver roll out. The Mantle Catalyst driver will now be labeled as the Catalyst 14.2 BETA keeping the driver naming scheme in conjunction to the calender. The following update was passed on by TechPowerUp:
AMD now tells us that their teams have been working overnight to fix the driver, and should have their next status update for us by mid-afternoon EST (New York time), later today. TechPowerUp
This is hardly a day or two delay by AMD and its better to solve the bugs in the driver then releasing a bugged version which will cause issues to end users. The Mantle Catalyst driver was planned to launch yesterday with Battlefield’s Mantle patch which has already been downloaded by the Battlefield 4 audience yet they will be unable to run the game with the Mantle API renderrer unless the catalyst driver from AMD is rolled out which will take another day or two.