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Deathloop is getting a major update that improves its NPCs

The first major update to Deathloop has been released for PlayStation 5 and PC. Upon entering the game, players should notice several improvements, including better NPC behavior, additional Nvidia DLSS support on PC, and an increase in overall stability with ray tracing enabled.

Bethesda posted the details of the update on its website. Arcane’s first update to Deathloop weighs in at a reasonable 5 GB for PS5 players and 11 GB for PC players. In addition to fixing several issues that are known to cause the game to crash, the developer has also made a few other changes to please its fans.

Perhaps the most notable of these changes affects Deathloop’s NPCs. Arkane says his first patch of the game improved the behavior of NPCs who should now respond to players in the game. The change comes after some discussions about Deathloop’s NPCs took place among the game’s fan base on social media.

Some fans argue that Deathloop’s NPCs work well for the intended mix of stealth and action gameplay, while others feel that their decision-making and combat tactics need to be improved.

For PlayStation 5 players, the update also includes a calibration screen for HDR support and an on-screen bad connection indicator that will help players identify when they are having internet problems while playing against rival assassins. PC gamers will see a similar indicator of poor connection, but more importantly, the update also adds Nvidia DLSS support, which should help improve performance for gamers who experience frame rate issues during sessions.

Deathloop – August 2021 screenshots

The PC update also includes support for the Sony DualSense’s controller audio and fog quality settings – and both console and PC gamers should see improved performance and stability when ray tracing is enabled in the game. The Bethesda post doesn’t provide a full list of fixes for the game, but instead provides fans with a list of the most notable changes across the two platforms.

For more information on Deathloop, check out this article that describes how Bethesda bought a PlayStation 5 for the voice actor behind the game’s protagonist.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.

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