505 Games: Bloodstained on Switch performance improvement is coming

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has arrived on Nintendo Switch, and the differences between it and other versions are unfortunately palpable. The Switch version lacks a lot of detail and lighting touches, and the frame rate can be less than terrific at times. However, in a Kickstarter update today, 505 Games has promised that it will make improving Bloodstained for Switch a top priority.

Jason “Question” Ryan, Sr. Community Manager at 505 Games, says the following:

We have been listening to the feedback regarding Switch performance. Our goal is for everyone, regardless of platform, to be able to enjoy the game and have it run smoothly. We want to live up to your, and our, expectations.

Throughout the QA process we have been addressing performance issues in the game. Update 1.01 was published to Switch prior to launch to add content and improve performance. It did not accomplish as much as we had hoped and we need to do more.

To address the concerns brought up by the community we are immediately shifting resources to improve performance and stability for the Switch. You can expect a number of small updates that will improve different areas of the game rather than waiting longer for one big update. We will have more details as we dive into the work.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

What makes this Bloodstained Kickstarter update especially notable is that it is the second update of the day. This current update was provided just minutes ago, whereas the previous update arrived around noontime. That update was mostly to celebrate that the Switch version had released. It seems like a few hours hanging out on social media was enough time to sour the celebration.

In any case, it’s great that 505 Games is being proactive about the state of Bloodstained for Switch. I hope they can make the Switch experience closer to that being offered on other platforms.

[Disclosure: The author of this article backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter. He received no external compensation to write this article.]


John Friscia
Proofs Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I have recently returned from living in South Korea.

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