Game developer CD Projekt RED released the latest patch 1.07 to its action RPG video game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which unfortunately is bogged down by bugs and issues after it is downloaded.
The developer has taken to Twitter to clarify that it is investigating reports of issues post the download.
We continue investigating the 1.07 update's availability in Europe on PSN and all reports regarding patch 1.07 issues.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) July 20, 2015
Eurogamer provided a detailed analysis of the patch revealing its impact on the performance of the game and on the framerate of Xbox One and PS4.
Its analysis of Xbox One framerate when charging through Crookback bog during heavy rainfall is as follows:
"Essentially, gameplay on Xbox One now appears to rely on a similar double-buffer v-sync set-up to the PS4 game, locking its frame-rate to 20fps during these lulls in performance. This means that the reading on our graph is consistently lower on patch 1.07 as compared to 1.05, where it was free to waver between 20-30fps freely. On a matching route through the bog, frame-rate can be up to 8fps slower on the latest version of the game."
The PS4 version too locks at 20FPS. "On top of that, even traveling through simple countryside roads (or Novigrad's central city) continues to produce single-frame stutters every few seconds - a rough point we had hoped would be ironed out by now. Overall, little has improved in PS4's bid for a smooth 30fps reading here, and in fact, the tail-end of our Novigrad test shows dips to 25fps as we hit the marketplace - something not seen on the last patch."
However, it adds that the new patch has drastically narrowed the performance gap between Xbox One and PS4.
The new patch reportedly has not affected the PC version of the game.
Below are the lists of technical issues and fixes for them following the new patch update:
The patch will lower the framerate on different GPUs.
Fix: Players can fix this partially by disabling v-sync.
Whenever players exit the game, the bug affect the game settings by going back to default.
Fix: go to documents/witcher 3 and untick "read-only" in user.settings file; the game will be able to actually overwrite the file and save your settings.
NPC animation glitches
This bug will cause NPCs not to properly display Brooms, crates, bottles and others.
It has been noticed that achievements related to Gwent, brawl + brawl master quests and horse races do not work.
Fix: No fix has been found yet.
Rainy weather issue
This issue makes rain appear even when players are inside the house, outside Novigrad.
Alternate look for Ciri
Though there are several issues in alternative look for Ciri, players will notice a small line appearing on her neck during cut-scenes.
Players having issues with GFX will have to verify game cache files through GOG Galaxy or Steam, depending upon the client you used to download The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Stash bound to E key / Items disappearing from stash
The bug affects the stash key, binding it to E button, making the items that are stashed to disappear in rare instances.
Though not confirmed, there seems to be a bug that makes the money disappear.
Some players have reported issues with the game saves on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game.
Fix: Though there is no specific reason to know why it is happening, players can verify game files before they delete their saved files. Or they can also re-install the game.
Geralt disappearing when moving the camera
When players move the camera, Geralt disappears. This bug is however rare.
Fix: Verify the game cache files.
The mouse sensitivity is not displayed in the Options tab.
Fix: Players will have to turn off hardware cursor or change the mouse settings in control panel.
Gamepad movement settings reduced
The movement setting have been reduced from four to two for gamepads after the new patch.
Vernon Roche (An Eye For An Eye quest)
The bug will not let players speak with Vernon. This is a game-breaking bug that will not allow players to progress.
Fix: Players will have to load save before they accept the quest.
Closed City quest / Collect them all (Gwent)
This quest changes to Failed if players have completed it. No solution has been found for it.
Skellige's Most Wanted
The Werewolf will become immortal due to the bug. No solution has been found for it.
Ambassador Var Attre
Players will face graphical issues like missing NPCs when they talk to Ambassador Var Attre om Wyzima.
Wild Hunt soldiers teleporting during the defence of Kaer Morhen
Wild Hunt soldiers teleport for small distances during the defence of Kaer Morhen. This ability is used when attacked or when they leave the NPC fight zone, making the battle difficult.
The MatchesCountError might not allow players to start the game.
Fix: Delete dsound.dll in Witcher 3 directory (bin/x64).
Music tracks stop playing upon completion of Coronation quest
Following the completion of the Coronation quest, the music is stopped by the bug.
Fix: Fast travelling will help them to put things in order.
Baron's Sergeant missing 1 VO dialogue
When the character leans, the VO dialogue goes missing when it leans against the wall.
List of Hidden Changes
It was reported on NeoGAF that the game had some hidden changes that were not part of its patch notes.
It was reported that the patch had changes in place for Enhanced Witcher gear sets. Geralt has to be at level 25 in order to access The Enhanced Ursine armour, previously it was accessible at level 22.
Players will have to reach level 23 character to access sword sand armour in Enhanced Feline Witcher, previously it was level 19.
Other changes after the patch include:
- Enemies cannot be stun locked. The burning time has reduced and so has the burning damage.
- Players need not press the jump button when jumping from higher places, it will be automatically done.
- DualShock 4 support on PC version.