Shadow Warrior 2 – New update brings performance improvements, fixes shadow and geometry flickering

Flying Wild Hog has released the third update for the PC version of Shadow Warrior 2. According to the release notes, this patch fixes the annoying shadow and geometry flickering issues, optimizes shadow rendering performance and defaults to dedicated GPU (when PC gamers are using both dedicated and integrated GPUs).

In addition, this patch fixes the performance issues for co-op partners that have been reported, brings a number of co-op network bandwidth usage optimizations, and comes with various Photomode fixes.

It’s worth noting that this latest update also comes with some balance and gameplay changes, as well as general gameplay and UI fixes.

This patch will be auto-downloaded from Steam, and you can read its complete changelog below.

Shadow Warrior 2 – Patch Changelog:

Balance and gameplay changes:

  • “Serene Mind” skill nerfed
  • “Auto-Reload” skill nerfed
  • “Like the Wind skill” nerfed, 5th stage added
  • “Second Chance” skill 4th stage added
  • “Arm of Orochi” weapon significantly nerfed
  • More auras on single enemy for Hard and Insane difficulties
  • More enemies attacking at the same time for Hard and Insane difficulties
  • Enemies speed increased for Insane difficulty
  • Added 3 new ultra-difficult tiers for Insane difficulty with much better loot to find
  • Upgrade drops quality now better reflects game difficulty – on higher difficulties better drops start occuring right from the beginning of the playthrough
  • Added cap for gaining experience speed for every difficulty: after reaching certain character level player gets experience much slower, appropriate information added to difficulty description
  • Fixed bug when player could get quest reward Skill Points more than once per quest per character. If character earned more than maximum number of Skill Points (level + all quests reward) – Skill Points will be capped
  • Due to skills rebalance player will have all skill reset after map loaded – inventory will be automatically opened and message box will be shown
  • Crafting result upgrade quality depends on source upgrades quality now, crafting price depends on expected result quality
  • Final boss drop (“Ryuken” weapon) now available as final quest reward
  • More special enemies, more respawns and better loot on Free Roam missions
  • Elite and Superior enemy “Hellhound” won’t fetch grenades now

General fixes:

  • Fixed bug when player could pickup “King Skelletor” weapon before designed mission
  • Gauss rifle shot tuned down and smoothed, added alternative reload animation
  • Fixed bug when dual melee secondary weapon didn’t inherit primary weapon stats (elemental, damage etc)
  • Fixed weapon being removed from inventory when spawned as turret on map change
  • Fixed “Destroyer of Realms” weapon turret throw animation
  • “Damage resist” player stat now works properly
  • Fixed “Second Chance” skill bug when player couldn’t die even if none enemy was killed
  • Fixed bug when player frezees or looses weapon when damaged or killed during teleporting
  • Enemies with “Swift” aura now return to correct speed after unfreezing
  • Fixed “Belly” enemy animation when reacting to Grip of Darkness
  • Fixed entering T-pose for enemies with uzi.
  • Some cutscene fixes
  • Some walkmesh fixes
  • Some missions fixes

UI changes and fixes:

  • Fixed crash when replacing gems in weapons
  • Fixed bug when player couldn’t replace gem when all slots were occupied
  • Hint area on loading screen now resizes correctly
  • Added option to sell all junks with mouse, added confirmation dialog
  • Corrected various translation and textual errors, added missing strings
  • Fixed enemy “Tumor” mesh in Wanglopedia.

Multiplayer fixes:

  • Performance issue for co-op partners fixed
  • Fixed bug when “Bunny Lord” didn’t drop loot for clients
  • Co-op network bandwidth usage optimizations
  • Fixed bug when using “Emperor’s Touch” weapon produced excessive lags
  • Fixed issue when client was not able to open Inventory or change weapons when using teleport during (or directly before) cutscene

Engine fixes:

  • Fixed bug when game freezes on loading on 2-core CPUs
  • AlienFX is now by default disabled due to crashes on some configs (add -alienfx to properties->general->set launch options in order to enable it)
  • Added -nochroma switch (add -nochroma to properties->general->set launch options in order to disable Razer Chroma)
  • Fixed shadow and geometry flickering
  • Fixed recovering from GPU driver crash
  • Non persistent console commands (e.g. r_weapon_fov) can now be loaded from autoexec.cfg
  • Fixed crash when mfplat.dll is not present in system
  • Optimized weapon switching CPU performance
  • Fixed “DX11 Device not found” error on some notebooks
  • HDR Display options are now only available when Full-Screen mode is selected (as only in this mode HDR Display works)
  • Reduced audio stuttering (VO and music)
  • Optimized shadow rendering performance
  • On first game start dedicated GPU will be enabled instead of an integrated one

Photomode fixes:

  • Increased exposure slider range
  • Fixed slowmo after exiting photomode bug
  • Fixed screenshot rendering (tile mode and anti-aliasing)
  • Fixed FOV when entering photomode with weapon zoom enabled
  • Fixed tiled screenshot mode artifacts (screenshot resolution multiplier > 1 screenshots)