Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was one of the most highly anticipated games of the summer, yet its Switch version left a lot to be desired in terms of performance. Problems ranged from input lag to a low frame rate to subpar textures, among others. A patch has been in the works for a while now, and thankfully it’s almost ready to release.
A recent Kickstarter update from 505 Games Senior Community Manager Jason Ryan, detailed what can be expected from Bloodstained‘s patches, alongside when we can expect to receive them. The performance updates are focusing on four main areas: visual fidelity, loading times, particle effects, and input lag:
- Visual Fidelity – The way that backgrounds and environments are rendered are being significantly updated. This will result in noticeably sharper environments in most areas throughout the game.
- Loading Times – Load times between scenes are being greatly improved, but are still not where we would like them to be, so work remains.
- Particle Effects – We have already replaced hundreds of particle effects with new assets and more yet remain. The new ones look the same to the user, but are much less impactful on the performance of the game. This has been one of the main culprits for framerate drops during fights.
- Input Lag – Input lag times have been significantly reduced, once work on this is completed the game should feel much more reactive when playing.
According to Ryan, one of the reasons work on Bloodstained‘s patches have taken so long is that the team has had to go room-by-room to rework assets. There’s still some work to be done, of course, but things are far enough along that the team is shooting for a release by the end of November, though a more specific timetable is unavailable as of yet.
Currently, the improvements are expected to come in two waves. The first will contain the majority of updates, while the second will focus on particularly troublesome areas. Ryan also said that there will be some other changes made post-update, but that these would come as part of their regular development cycle.
If you’ve been patiently waiting for the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night updates, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. However, the end appears to be in sight!