Battlefield 4: Naval Strike delayed on PC; “We’ve detected an issue and it needs to be solved”

Carrier Assault is a deliberate throwback to Titan mode in Battlefield 2142.

From tomorrow, Battlefield 4 Premium players on the consoles will swap out their shared sandboxes for paddling pools and splash about in the South China Sea.

Not so on the PC, where DICE’s Naval Strike DLC has been delayed at the last minute – with no replacement release date in sight.

“We’ve detected an issue and it needs to be solved,” wrote the developers. “Quality is our number one priority and we will not release Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC until we feel it meets the highest quality level possible.”

DICE didn’t offer an ETA for the delayed map pack – instead pledging to work on the unnamed issue until it was fixed before scheduling a release.

By way of consolation, the eventual shipping of Naval Strike on PC will be accompanied by a larger-than-expected patch to address problems with Battlefield 4’s commander mode on tablets.

“Once we have a confirmed date for PC, we’ll be sure to update those players on our official channels,” wrote DICE. “We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing everyone on the Battlefield.”

The decision to delay the DLC indefinitely is almost certainly influenced by Battlefield 4’s early reception on PC. Late last year, DICE made the decision to halt work on DLC to tackle the game’s pervasive bugs – and only recently resumed full production on map packs at DICE LA.

Naval Strike incorporates four new sea-set maps – Lost Islands, Wave Breaker, Nansha Strike and Operation Mortar – and features a new Carrier Assault mode to appease neglected fans of Battlefield 2142. Have any of you lot been waiting on that?

Cheers, Shacknews.