Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most anticipated video games of recent years. Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game is set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter and promises players a chance to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a student. However, the game’s development has been plagued by bugs and glitches, causing concern among fans about the quality of the final product. Recently, a patch was released for the game that promised to improve ray tracing. The patch was met with a lot of excitement from fans who were hoping that it would resolve many of the issues that had been plaguing the game.
Ray tracing is a rendering technique that simulates the behaviour of light in real life, resulting in more realistic lighting and shadows. The addition of ray tracing to the game promised to make the already visually impressive game even more stunning.
According to an article from WCCFtech, the patch seems to have delivered on its promises. The article notes that the ray tracing performance and visuals have been significantly improved, making the game look even more stunning than before. Additionally, the article states that many of the bugs and crashes that were causing frustration among players have been fixed. Moreover, improved visuals and performance have been widely praised by players who have had a chance to test the patch.
According to WCCFtech, the following were improved upon for PC and consoles gaming:
- Improve stability and performance after long play-throughs
- Improve VFX performance while raytracing
- Improve performance by batching and caching raytracing buffers
- Removed fog volumes for better BVH performance
While, specifically for PC, the following were improved upon:
- Fixed RTAO making decals black
- Fixed directional light shadows
- Fixed shadows on trees
- Fixed performance of the culling of lights in the frontend
Despite the improvements made by the patch, not all bugs have been fixed. According to an article from Game8, some players are still experiencing issues with the game, such as crashes and freezes. The article notes that these issues may be related to the hardware and software configurations of the players’ systems and that the developers are still working on resolving them. The remaining bugs are likely to be frustrating for players who are experiencing them, but the developers are continuing to work on improving the game’s performance and stability is a positive sign for the future of the game.
The bugs and glitches that plagued the game included software/game-crashing errors, graphic errors and connection errors. Each of these included many bugs and glitches which needed to be solved.
Some examples include:
There have been reports of cosmetic problems and issues on players’ characters, such as eyelashes becoming blocky or characters appearing in a different hue. This can lead to frame dips or latency. Certain textures and images are a tad disorienting. Sadly, restarting or leaving the location does not resolve the issue.
Others include, “Can’t continue using game or app”. Wherein gamers may encounter a problem that prevents them from progressing through the game. Users receive error messages claiming that their data has been damaged and that they must exit the game. Or “Stupefy glitch”, wherein during the fighting, if you do not execute the on-screen instructions, they will either not disappear or remain trapped on your screen endlessly.
Overall, the recent bug fix update for Hogwarts Legacy is a step in the right direction for the game. The improvements in ray tracing performance and visuals, as well as the fixes for many of the bugs and crashes, have made the game more enjoyable for players.