Dark Souls 3 developer From Software reveals a new list of changes that will accompany the upcoming patch, which includes a number of important fixes.
Dark Souls 3 is a runaway success for From Software, and represents the moment the Souls series finally made the leap from a haven for hardcore gaming fans to a title that had something to offer a much broader target demographic. Despite the game’s positive reception, however, the title’s deep and intricate gameplay mechanics have inevitably produced some Dark Souls 3 glitches that developers simply couldn’t find prior to its release.
Luckily for gamers everywhere, From Software takes the quality of its Souls franchise very seriously, and has already created a patch that will fix nearly every known major issue with Dark Souls 3. The patch will bring the game to version 1.04 (regulation 1.05), but From Software’s announcement, which has only been made in Japanese so far, has yet to reveal when that patch will arrive. The patch notes, however, are readily available for those who can read Japanese, and a translated list of the changes can be found at the bottom of this article, courtesy of redditor Spacemanticore.
The full list is fairly expansive, but the patch essentially amounts to a sweeping alteration of small gameplay and quest mechanics that simply weren’t working as intended. It doesn’t appear that From Software is targeting any of the Dark Souls 3 tips and tricks that add little quirks to its title’s brooding and melancholy world, preferring to let gamers have their fun and only step in when a bug is negatively affecting a player’s experience.
Of course, that approach is very different from one that has been making headlines for weeks now. Ubisoft’s The Division, although riddled with a great deal more glitches than Dark Souls 3, has been handling bugs and exploits rather poorly in many gamers’ eyes. The culmination of Ubisoft’s many stumbles through ineffective patches and an increasingly frustrating player experience has been a very visible reduction in the number of people playing The Division. Given how recently this has all happened, it’s no surprise that From Software wants to remain on top of any bugs that might appear in Dark Souls 3, however minor.
Although it should be expected in the gaming industry at this point, the recent discussion over game bugs and glitches makes From Software’s intent to address as many issues as possible in one patch all the more refreshing. Dark Souls 3 may be the end of a beloved action RPG series, but whatever From Software’s next creation is, gamers can be confident it will be a title that will receive a lot of support from its developers even after release if these patch notes are any indication.
Dark Souls 3 Patch 1.04 Notes:
- Fixed a bug where you might not get items properly while accessing a convenant when a player joins your game.
- Some NPC questline events have been made easier to trigger.
- Made the requirement for joining the Rosaria’s Fingers less strict.
- Fixed a bug when teleporting to Untended Graves.
- Amended an issue where kicks were being parried.
- Fixed a bug where Crystal Sage would not re-appear after warping in.
- Fixed a bug where Dragonslayer Armour would die on its own before you fight.
- Fixed a bug where Knight Slayer Tsorig would continue to gesture.
- Fixed a bug where Siegward would fail to save Greirat even though the conditions have been met.
- Fixed a bug where, when wearing a ring that increases Maximum HP, the change would not be reflected in some menus.
- Fixed a bug where the voice chat icon would show (or not show) properly according to settings.
- Fixed a bug where the voice chat icon would continue to display when HUD display is set to AUTO.
- (Xbox One) Fixed a bug where you can’t access the functions Quit Game, access bonfire, or use online play items when failing to connect to an online session.
- (Xbox One) Fixed a bug where the game would crash to the title screen when you fail to connect to an online session.
- Fine tuned various other things, fine tuned performance, and corrected various bugs.
Dark Souls 3 is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.