A Patch for Firewatch's PS4 Frame Rate Problems is in the Works

By Julian Benson on at

Since launching on Tuesday, Firewatch PlayStation 4 players have been encountering frame rate drops that have been getting the way of playing the gloriously pretty game. Taking to Reddit, one of developer Campo Santo's founders, Sean Vanaman, explained that "we're working actually, literally, around-the-clock on it" and that the team is currently in talks with Sony and Unity to find ways to optimise Firewatch for consoles.

"Couple'a updates," Vanaman wrote, explaining that there's a patch incoming that won't address the frame rate issues. "One is that we're in pipe with SCEA to get a patch into the game but it's like 99% strange content fixes we've found as lots of people play the game on PC. So that's coming but we're at the mercy of the console patch process.

"Secondly, we're currently talking with both Sony and Unity (the creators of the engine the game is built in) to continue to optimize performance of the game on console. Unfortunately, it's a process that requires all three parties to be involved unlike a typical bug that we can quickly fix on our own (we're pretty good at that). We'll definitely be patching all platforms with every little content and performance fix we can find so folks can rest assured we're doing everything we can (and WILL for a long time. We want the game that's on Steam/PS4/anywhere to be the best possible version even after we're out out of the excitement of the launch window)."

Answering a question from a player who asked why these frame rate issues were allowed to creep into the final game, Vanaman said "I've played the game for hundreds and hundreds of hours on PS4, and maybe because it's on test-kits and some retail boxes are different I personally didn't experience these things. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but I want to unequivocally say it wasn't like we sat in a room, saw this stuff and went "eh, screw it, sell it anyway." We're super fucking bummed that this is happening for some people and we're working actually, literally, around-the-clock on it."

These issues seem to be confined to the PS4 version of Firewatch, so if you've a powerful enough PC and are itching to play the game then it's worth skipping the console release for now.