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Nintendo apologizes for Pokémon efficiency issues, guarantees “enhancements”

Portrait of the author learning that some of the <em>Pokémon Scarlet</em> and <em>Violet</em> performance problems might be fixed.
Enlarge / Portrait of the creator studying that a few of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet efficiency issues could be mounted.

Andrew Cunningham

Our assessment of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet talked about a few of the sport’s pervasive efficiency points, and we weren’t the one ones. Much more mainstream retailers like The Guardian and CNN famous the video games’ efficiency issues. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry group, recognized for its in-depth analyses of sport efficiency, known as the video games “complete technical failures,” additionally calling consideration to their blurry and poorly tiled textures and “low-geometry” environments.

Gamers have seen loads of different issues, too; these embrace a bug that allowed gamers to run twice as quick by connecting two controllers to the Swap, weird animations and clipping issues, Pokémon that blast off into the sky like Group Rocket, and a few proof that on-line battles had been utilizing the identical chance seed for each match, making it simpler for attentive gamers to make low-accuracy strikes hit 100% of the time. I captured a screenshot of a Hoppip that was casting three shadows concurrently (although it is doable the Paldea area has three suns that I simply do not find out about).

I'm no scientist, but I don't think this is how lighting works.
Enlarge / I am no scientist, however I do not suppose that is how lighting works.

Andrew Cunningham

Nintendo launched a 1.1.0 replace for each Pokémon video games in the present day that features “choose bug fixes” (although the corporate did not specify which). However alongside that largely routine post-launch replace got here a less-routine acknowledgment of the efficiency issues and a suggestion that the corporate would supply fixes.

“We’re conscious that gamers might encounter points that have an effect on the video games’ efficiency. Our objective is at all times to provide gamers a constructive expertise with our video games, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” the assertion reads. “We take the suggestions from gamers severely and are engaged on enhancements to the video games.”

Notably, “tak[ing] suggestions from gamers severely” and “engaged on enhancements” do not quantity to a promise that each single dropped body and ugly texture goes to be mounted. However like Sword and Protect, Scarlet and Violet will possible take pleasure in a good quantity of post-release assist, together with useful updates like Pokémon Dwelling compatibility and substantial new DLC content material. This could hopefully justify the money and time wanted to make noticeable efficiency enhancements, despite the fact that the video games as they at the moment exist have nonetheless managed to be the fastest-selling titles Nintendo has ever launched.

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