Deadly Premonition 2's latest patch, 1.0.3, looks to have addressed the more egregious issues plaguing the sequel's framerate, especially when players are taking their characters outdoors.
"Holy sh-t the frame rate outdoors is night and day," said a Reddit thread which publicised that patch 1.0.3 is now available (thanks, MyNintendoNews). "It's so much better now. I still get micro stutters outside but the frame rate itself is so much better. Anyone else noticing anything else?"
"Definitely an improvement though performance and load times are still what some people might call inexcusably poor," replied another player. "It's playable now though! I've been waiting for a patch like this to continue my playthrough, so I'm excited to dive back in."
"Yeah loading is pretty bad still. But performance outdoors is a lot more playable," said a reply. "The old frame rate would actually give me a headache but I just played for an hour doing side quests and it felt much better."
Deadly Premonition 2 received its first (and very much-needed) post-launch patch on Switch at the end of July, taking an initial pass at improving the game's abysmal frame rate, while also making a range of tweaks designed to remedy its heavily criticised handling of a transgender character.
As Matt summarised at the time, the long-awaited sequel to developer Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro's cult classic mystery adventure also came under fire at release for elements of its script in which transgender character Lena Dauman is misgendered and deadnamed.
In Eurogamer's own review we revealed that "from a technical perspective, Deadly Premonition 2 is a disgrace", adding "its frame rate could charitably be described as inconsistent, but out in the open world, it's a migraine-inducing single-digit slideshow compounded by stutters and seconds-long hitches".
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