I didn’t get pleasure from sinking my tooth into Redfall previous to launch day. That is partially simply because I did not gel with its co-op shooter/immersive sim mashup (see our evaluate in progress for extra on that), but additionally: It was operating like butt. I am pleased to report that now, a minimum of on mid to high-end {hardware}, that image has modified.

Issues had been wanting bleak only a few days in the past. On my fairly respectable i5 12600K, RTX 3070 rig, I used to be averaging within the mid-50s fps as a baseline on 1440p medium, with DLSS efficiency mode enabled. Whereas grinding by way of some early missions with fellow PC Gamer editor Tyler Colp, this typically low efficiency was augmented by everybody’s favourite new PC gaming quirk, shader compilation stutters. Each my CPU and GPU utilization had been round 40%, and as a cherry on high all of the leaves on this foliage-dense New England city had been all the time flickering and shimmering.

Tyler noticed a typically extra performant 4K 60 fps on the still-mighty RTX 3080 Ti, however nonetheless skilled basic visible weirdness and stuttering. Scorching on the heels of two tough PC ports in The Final of Us and Jedi: Survivor, I believed it was curtains for Redfall. “Right here we go once more,” I stated aloud, to my cat. “Reddit’s gonna crucify this game, and Digital Foundry’s gonna ship the eulogy.”

After I sat down at present to reconfirm my findings, nevertheless, Steam began downloading a large 70 GB update for Redfall earlier than I might do something. After a protracted wait, the game’s now in a way more acceptable state. At 1440p with a mixture of excessive and medium settings on the DLSS high quality setting, I used to be comfortably within the 80s-90s fps tooling across the open world and stepping into firefights. I discovered the shimmering foliage to be fairly effectively addressed by upping the extent of element setting, although the shader compilations are nonetheless a stutterin’. Tyler’s had a lot the identical expertise: stutters nonetheless current however not as debilitating, and foliage shimmering mounted through larger LoD.

Should you noticed leaks of Redfall gameplay earlier on launch day, that is not essentially the total story, and on my mid-range, comparatively up-to-date setup, it is presently getting completely enough efficiency with at the present time one patch. Whether or not the game’s price taking part in when you shut the hood and get to it’s one thing I will depart to our full evaluate, however for those who had been hoping for a brand new Arkane basic… you could need to maintain hoping. Tyler places its bluntly in his review-in-progress: “40 hours with Redfall has me wishing the vampires would win.”

Should you’re taking part in Redfall, tell us the way it’s performing within the feedback. We have solely been capable of check it on Nvidia GPUs up to now.