Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the best games released in 2019… if you played on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. If you got it on Switch, however, the story’s a little different there unfortunately.
When the Switch port launched a week after PC and the other consoles, it was in pretty rough shape. Screen transitions and loading times in certain areas were so long to the point of being unplayable, and the graphics weren’t exactly very pretty, but the former was the big issue.
While I didn’t experience any major input lag while playing on Switch, that has apparently been another issue experienced by other users, and is being worked on by the dev team.
505 Games put out an update on their forum today, detailing their progress on fixing the Switch version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. It was stated that the changes were being made on a ” room-by-room, enemy-by-enemy basis,” which was why the changes were taking so long. However, we were given more info on exactly what was being worked on:
Visual Fidelity – The way that backgrounds and environments are rendered are being signiﬁcantly updated. This will result in noticeably sharper environments in most areas throughout the game.
Loading Times – Load times between scenes are being greatly improved, but are still not where we would like them to be, so work remains.
Particle Effects – We have already replaced hundreds of particle effects with new assets and more yet remain. The new ones look the same to the user, but are much less impactful on the performance of the game. This has been one of the main culprits for framerate drops during ﬁghts.
Input Lag – Input lag times have been signiﬁcantly reduced, once work on this is completed the game should feel much more reactive when playing.
Finally, 505 also mentioned that these changes are expected to launch in two separate updates by November. The first update will cover most of the improvements, while the second will “improve performance with a couple of especially troublesome areas and enemies.”
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is now available for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.