UPDATE: Mafia III May Be Locked at 30 FPS on PC

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Chopping frame rates like the mafia chops off pinkies.

Update 1:

2K has since posted an update, indeed confirming that Mafia III runs at 30 FPS across all platforms. However, the team is currently hard at work to ensure the PC version can run at higher frame rates.

The message goes as follows:

“We know how important having options that best suit your PC’s performance capabilities are. The team has been hard at work ensuring that Mafia III’s performance is consistent across all platforms, and right now the game runs at a solid 30 frames-per-second. We are currently working on an update for PC that will give players the option to play Mafia III at higher frame rates. We’ll share more details about the update, and when you can expect it to arrive, very soon. In the meantime, the team welcomes feedback and would like to hear from you about what performance adjustment options are important to you. We’re actively considering a number of additional post-launch improvements on PC that would give players more control over how they can tailor the game’s experience to suit their rig’s performance. It’s been an incredible journey developing Mafia III and we couldn’t be more excited to get the game in your hands and hear what you think!”

You heard them, folks! If there are any complaints you may have regarding Mafia III’s performance, make sure to let your voice be heard, either through the official 2K Support or by leaving a message over at the pinned Steam discussions.

Special thanks to 2K’s Samantha Scheetz for contacting Twinfinite directly.

Update 2:

2K’s Kim Taylor has since reached out to us, shedding some light on how far along a patch is.

Here’s the message we received:

We currently have a patch running here at the studio that includes 30, 60, and unlimited frames-per-second options in the video menu, among other improvements for the PC version of Mafia III. We’re verifying the patch now to ensure everything is working as expected. If everything goes well, we expect the update to go live this weekend. We will be keeping the PC community up-to-date on the status of the patch throughout the weekend and thank you for all the feedback!

So if all goes well, you will be able to behold the beautiful Mafia III in its full glory this weekend. Time to open up a can of alligator food!

Original post:

Whilst playing through Mafia III ahead of the game’s release in order to write a proper review, PC Gamer author Andy Kelly came across a rather worrisome finding. According to the seasoned writer, the game appears to be locked at 30 frames per second on PC.

“I thought maybe my PC just couldn’t handle it, so I shifted down 720p and the lowest graphics settings, but it was still locked to 30,” Kelly clarifies. “I’m running a GTX 970, an i5-6600K overclocked to 4.5GHz, and 16GB of RAM, which should be more than enough. And it still happens when I disable the in-game vsync option.”

A game being locked at 30 FPS isn’t anything new lately, with some of the latest games requiring some serious hardware to enjoy them in their full glory. Seeing how Mafia III had some very reasonable specs to run it properly on PC, however, it seems highly likely that the game is indeed locked at a certain frame rate to ensure this kitty can purr, especially considering Kelly’s more than decent build described above.

Early Steam reviews have since been seeping through the cracks, with many users complaining about the game’s horrid performance, merely backing up Kelly’s claims.

SInce the game hasn’t officially been released yet, it’s possible that a day one patch will fix the performance issues on PC. The guys over at PC Gamer have reached out to publisher 2K for a statement.

Mafia III launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC come October 7.

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