Battlefield 4's Carrier Assault mode explained
We already know Battlefield 4's next expansion, Naval Strike, will have a Carrier Assault mode that pays homage to Battlefield 2142's popular Titan game mode. Until today though, we didn't know exactly how it would work. Thankfully, DICE has shed some light on the upcoming mode, explaining the finer details of it and how to play.
"Carrier Assault is an homage to the Titan game mode of Battlefield 2142, but this time the all-out war rages in the South Chinese Sea, and your objective is to destroy the enemy team’s carrier before they infiltrate and destroy yours," DICE said. "Our goal has been to make Carrier Assault a really engaging game mode, and we truly believe the amount of variety present each round will assure this. You start out fighting a big-scale war with sea, land, and air vehicles controlling the map, and then everything evolves into an infantry-focused, close quarter fight inside both carriers at the same time!"
Okay, so like the Titan Mode, your goal is to simply destroy the enemy team's carrier. There are two ways in which you can do so: Obtain full map control or assault the carrier as infantry.
"Each round is divided into 2 stages, starting with map control and ending with carrier attack," DICE explained. "Both teams start on their own carrier and race to control the missile launchers placed on the map, by capturing the control points near them. This will automatically launch missiles towards the enemy carrier throughout the round, eventually destroying its hull and making it open for infantry attacks."
After this happens (for one or both teams), the "carrier assault" portion of the mode begins. You can do so by either driving a boat to the ship, or using the parachute spawn points above it. Once inside, you must destroy two M-COM stations.
Successfully destroying two M-COMS, or bringing the carrier hull's health to 0%, will win the match for your team.
"Battlefield 2142 and Titan mode veterans will feel right at home with Carrier Assault, with the unique focus of giving players several options to win the match – either through map control or close quarter fighting inside the enemy HQ," DICE concluded. The differences in setting and time period do however make Carrier Assault a fresh experience, and we hope you will get the same thrill out of parachute-spawning down to a carrier as you did when blasting off in a rocket pod towards a Titan."
Carrier Assault will be available in Battlefield 4 through the game's Naval Strike expansion, due out later this month for Battlefield Premium members. It'll roll out to all players at a later date.