It took nearly 10 years for a sequel to the cult classic Deadly Premonition to grace fans, and while we’re happy it exists, it’s hard to argue against the fact that the game launched in unacceptable condition. Marred by poor performance that brings the framerate far below 30fps, freezes/hitching, and even hard crashes, Deadly Premonition 2 — unlike its predecessor — is hard to recommend in its current condition. I wish I could speak in past tense regarding these issues, but the game’s first performance patch, which released today, is just a small step in the right direction.
Sometime last night (in the early AM in Japan), Deadly Premonition 2‘s 1.0.2 patch released, offering some minor improvements to the game’s performance issues. While we don’t have formal technical patch notes, the game’s writer and director Swery posted to a letter to his social media channels detailing what’s been updated.
First up, one of the game scenes which drew criticism for transphobic actions on the part of protagonist Francis York Morgan has been “fixed”. Swery explains in his letter that he didn’t change “the important point of the story” and that he only made the corrections that he wanted to. I’m curious to see how the scene differs as I already passed it.
Next, according to Swery, the latest Deadly Premonition 2 patch “only partially” fixes the game’s framerate. After playing about an hour of the game post-patch, I can see an improvement in the game’s indoor otherworld sections but no noticeable improvement during outdoor scenes — the framerate and lag is still abysmal when traversing the town of Le Carre. An additional patch is due “ASAP.”
Hopefully the next patch is a big improvement; I’ve stopped playing the game, because the performance hinders my desire to explore the open world. But I waited nearly 10 years, what’s a few more weeks?…
Good evening everyone.
We updated 1st patch!! Still continue to fixing another task.
Please enjoy the journey in Le Carre!!#DeadlyPremonition2 pic.twitter.com/IPkiE4KepP
— Hidetaka SWERY Skywalker (@Swery65) July 21, 2020