Today saw the release of a Deadly Premonition 2 update. This update partially addresses the horrific frame rate issues. It also reworks a scene that contained a number of transgender misrepresentation issues. With that scene “fixed,” perhaps players can see beyond it and enjoy the game slightly more. Developer Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro attempted to explain the update in a tweet.
— Hidetaka SWERY Skywalker (@Swery65) July 21, 2020
More specifically, the Deadly Premonition 2 1.0.2 update patch notes describe the following changes:
- New game icon
- Slightly improved framerate
- Skateboard conversations don’t automatically activate
- A new button prompt to trigger
- Improved audio
- Skateboard should now be quieter
- Enemy voices should now be quieter
- Typo and descriptive text fixes
- Deadnaming and misgendering dialogue has been edited out
- Replaced with new, no voice-over lines
Deadly Premonition 2 is probably the worst-performing game on Nintendo Switch. It seems as though no one can play it without the frame rate dropping to abysmal levels. Swery has explained that fixing the frame rate is going to be a gradual process, so this is only the beginning.
Meanwhile, fixing the scene with transgender misrepresentation was paramount for this Deadly Premonition 2 update. Even though there’s no voice-over for the lines as of yet, it’s better than the unintentionally hurtful alternative. While the game has plenty of issues beyond that misrepresentation and poor frame rate, as our review articulates, at least the game is less offensive now.
It’s hard to know if the audio improvements are the result of fan feedback. Audio issues plagued the original Deadly Premonition. Characters would talk over each other, and the music, or rain, frequently drowned out any other sound. I had thought that this was an intentional, if bonkers, design choice by Swery. Perhaps the updates we’re seeing in the second game indicate that those quirks weren’t intentional.