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Watch Dogs Legion Day 1 update: full patch notes

Published: 29/Oct/2020 10:53

by Kieran Bicknell

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With its launch still fresh on the minds of players, the creators of Watch Dogs Legion have already released their first ‘hotfix’. Here’s what they’ve updated, along with the full patch notes below.

Watch Dogs Legion is one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the year. The third installment in the Watch Dogs series, this time we see our sights set on a futuristic version of London, challenging corruption and causing the usual chaos.

With less than 24 hours to go until the release date, Ubisoft announced there were issues for Xbox One players during the ‘404’ mission, which caused the console to overheat and shut down. This issue plagued review copies of the game, leading to concerns about release day issues.

While the patch below doesn’t address the issue directly, it does deliver a number of performance-enhancing fixes and eradicate some known bugs on all platforms. According to Ubisoft, the overheating issue will be addressed, so watch out for a separate patch for this.

A character riding a bike in Watch Dogs Legion
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Ubisoft have released a patch to address a number of issues.

Watch Dogs Legion October 29 hotfix

Releasing so-called ‘hotfix’ patches on release day is nothing new. As more and more players pick up the game and begin exploring, more issues will come to light across various platforms.

Thankfully, Ubisoft has been quick to respond, and put out a hotfix patch the same day as Watch Dogs Legion was released.

According to the studio, the hotfix addresses “performance issues we’re seeing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.” While Xbox and PlayStation users have already received the patch, PC users have to wait until October 30.

Watch Dogs Legion performance improvements

So, what exactly has been fixed in this patch? Well, aside from the noted “performance issues” which have been addressed, a number of other glitches have been sorted.

When characters walked through checkpoints in-game, there was a notable frame rate drop. Thankfully, this has now been addressed by the studio, along with improving the frame rates while driving around London.

It seems that certain languages also crashed the game. Players that had their console set to Turkish, Indonesian,Greek, Romanian, Hungarian, Vietnamese or THAI languages experienced sporadic and random crashes when launching the game, though this has now been fixed.

PC players also benefit from a number of improvements once they receive the patch. RTX GPU users are getting a fix to improve framerates on their machines thanks to an optimization update, which has been highlighted by a number of comments on the studio’s Twitter post announcing the patch.

Input controller switching could also cause issues for PC players, though this too has now been addressed by Ubisoft.

Watch Dogs Legion Day 1 update: Full patch notes

PS4 player specific

  • Global performance improvements on PS4 for smoother gameplay/driving
  • Fixed sporadic crashes on PS4

Xbox player specific

  • Fixed sporadic crashes on Xbox One/S
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash on Xbox One X when selecting a certain option in the Into the Void mission
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash when browsing through the Premium Shop tabs on Xbox One

PC player specific

  • Made several improvements to PC performance
  • Optimized performance to improve framerates for RTX GPUs
  • Fixed a freeze when switching input controllers on PC

General updates

  • Fixed an issue that caused framerate drops to occur when characters walk through checkpoints
  • Improved the framerate performance when driving
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash when launched on a console set to Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Romanian, Hungarian, Vietnamese, or Thai languages.
Call of Duty

Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.