New Patch for RiME… But Too Little, Too Late?

It’s well known that the Switch port of RiME is fraught with issues… which has been such a disappointment, especially after the team responded to complaints of the Switch price hike and did what they could to make the game more affordable and accessible regardless of one’s choice of platform. And after waiting the extra time for the Switch version.

After so many complaints arose, we were all promised a patch, but then it seemed the promise was empty… however, we now have it. It’s live. And it addresses a large swath of the performance issues that made the game horrendous to play at launch (compared to how it looked and performed on other platforms).

Here are the changes in the patch:

  • Increased visual fidelity, bloom and post-processing
  • Sharpened image resolution
  • Opening Cinematics visually improved
  • Fixed possible stage exploits that would enable players to skip parts of the stages
  • Increased texture quality in specific areas
  • Increased view distance
  • Fixed an issue with foliage density, shadows, and render distances
  • Updated texture mipmaps for the Fox
  • Improved global mipmaps
  • Improved shadow distance and quality
  • Fixed instances of foliage pops
  • Stabilized FPS
  • Optimized the Boys cape and hair physics
  • Rebuilt streaming volumes
  • Fixed an issue that allowed you to see outside of the map in later stages
  • Updated lighting to prevent bleed through
  • Updated the quality of trees in earlier stages where they would display poorly

The real question now is, does this patch come too late? This writer actually returned their copy of RiME for the Switch and picked up the game on a different platform, despite having waited so long for it. But it just wasn’t feasible and frankly, it was unenjoyable and almost impossible to play through. Whether this will save the game from total oblivion remains to be seen—and time will tell if Switch players will trust another offering from this team in the future.


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