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The Sinking City

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: NACON
Developer: Frogwares
Release Date: June 27, 2019

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'The Sinking City' (ALL) Rolls Out Console Performance and Enhancement Patch, Free DLC

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2019 @ 9:08 a.m. PDT

The Sinking City is a game of investigation and mystery taking place in a fictional open world inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
— H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories”

The player steps into the shoes of a 1920s private investigator who finds himself in the city of Oakmont Massachusetts, New England. A city suffering from unprecedented floods  of clearly supernatural origins. A city trembling on the brink of madness. The city, a wide open-world oozing with insanity, is being taken over by an unfathomable supernatural force, and it's up to the player to find out what has taken control of the city... and the minds of the people within it.

Frogwares have confirmed a much-awaited performance patch is finally live across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

The team has also included quality improvements and two additional character outfits to all players for free as a thank you for their patience and understanding.

“We're very sorry for the delay on these patches. We’re not the biggest team so collecting as many instances of where the game’s performance was taking a hit to really understand the issues took much longer than expected. From there it was a matter of making sure our fixes were effective across the board and not just on these instances. We also had a 2nd team working on additional enhancements that then had to be merged with our performance patches and properly tested. We’re really sorry for the wait but hope the fixes plus the additional outfits can now let console players who were holding off on playing dive back into the game.” - Serge Chervonnyi, Game Producer.

Most notable improvements and enhancements include:

Performance:

  • Improved overall performance. Players should see a more stable FPS rate when playing the game. Also addressed previously reported frequent FPS drops and stuttering.
  • Additional improvements and optimizations based on post-launch feedback

Crowd behavior:

  • Deployed various crowd-related fixes, improvements, and optimizations. Players should see a decrease in bugs and glitches linked to pedestrian behavior. In addition, passersby should no longer have spawn zones that are directly visible to the player. 

Combat and gunplay:

  • All weapons received new gunshot sound effects and visual effects
  • Several weapons received new recoil animations
  • Camera shake effect added to make shooting more realistic
  • All NPC firearms have new sound effects

All these enhancements plus additional PC focused fixes will all be added to the PC version too, once testing on multiple hardware setups and configurations has finished. 

The new outfits can be found in the player wardrobe at the Devil’s Reef Hotel after completing the first quest. 

Can you survive this beleaguered town and untangle the mysteries responsible for its tragic situation or will you be driven beyond madness yourself?

Key Features:

  • Free Investigation - A unique approach to the detective gameplay were your skills and cunning are your main tools, and not hand-holding UI and pop up clues. Customizable difficulty and grey moral choices mean your conscious is the only guiding light in how you solve cases.
  • Enthralling Story of Insanity in a World of Desolation and Rot - Uncover the mystery of a supernatural flood that envelops the city of Oakmont. Citizens slowly losing their sanity and willingly trapping themselves in this place. Nightmarish creatures and cults becoming the norm. And you, a private detective with his own mental demons, are all that can expose the cosmic powers that pull at these puppet strings. 
  • Deeply Rooted in Lovecraft and Cthulhu Mythos - The Sinking City is heavily inspired and built around the stories of the master horror writer himself, H.P Lovecraft.  Become a part of an iconic universe, encounter familiar characters and relive beloved horror stories while also exploring new takes and twists on the cosmic horror genre.

The Sinking City is currently available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One.


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