Bloodborne launched last month to strong reviews from both gamers and critics. Overall, the game provides a challenging and enjoyable experience for those who play, though it does have its flaws. One of the biggest complaints with Bloodborne has been the dreadfully long load times.
The latest 1.03 patch for Bloodborne helps reduce the load time by up to 15 seconds, which says a lot about how painfully long the load times were prior to the patch. While the load times still aren’t as instantaneous as other games, they’re much better now thanks to the update.
In addition to the load time fix, developer From Software also improved a handful of other issues in the game. Below is the list of fixes included in the patch, courtesy of PlayStation’s Japanese blog.
- Reduced loading times (approx. 5-15 seconds; may vary by circumstance)
- Fixed bug that left certain lifts and elevators inoperable
- Fixed bug that resulted in bosses becoming immobilized
- Fixed bug that left players unable to advance NPC events during multi-play
- When the PS4 is put into Rest Mode during online play, the game will now return to the main title screen upon resuming play. This will resolve matchmaking issues related to Suspend/Resume
- Other various bug fixes
While some players would have preferred the load time fix come sooner, From Software and Sony were focused on fixing a game-breaking bug and other issues before addressing the load times.
From Software threw in a bonus when they fixed the load screens by adding item descriptions to the load screens. Players now have something to read and enjoy while they wait, rather than staring at a black screen with the game’s name plastered across it. This move should help keep Bloodborne players interested and make the wait seem quicker and more bearable.
It’s important to note the long load times weren’t just an oversight from the developer, but rather a result of Bloodborne‘s unique gameplay. When players die or warp, the game sets up or resets itself to a playable position. However, the issue brought a lot of heat from players who were frustrated with the length of time they were required to wait, especially on a current-gen console.
Bloodborne players will need to be sure they install the update before they attempt to play online again, as the patch is required for online play.
Have you downloaded the 1.03 patch? Are the load times more bearable? Let us know about your experience in the comments.
Bloodborne is now available for PlayStation 4.
Source: PlayStation Blog