Let’s be honest – Horizon Zero Dawn on PC wasn’t as good or stable as many fans expected. The game had a lot of technical issues at launch, so developers released a swift fix to squash some of the most annoying bugs. However, this was just a beginning. There’s still some way to go in order to make Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC version as good as the PlayStation version, so we’re getting another big patch.
1.02 update is targeted towards game crashes. Horizon Zero Dawn used to have a lot of optimization problems on certain gaming rigs, so Guerrilla Games made a tool that will help to track down causes for such cases. In addition, the 1.02 patch also tackles some known V-sync problems.
Here’s a full list of changes coming to Horizon Zero Dawn:
- Some players are experiencing an out of memory error during the game optimization process.
- Some players are experiencing GPU-related hangs during gameplay. The improved diagnostic data collection added in Patch 1.01 and Patch 1.02 is aimed at making it easier to track these down.
- Some players are experiencing graphical settings issues, such as Anisotropic Filtering or HDR not working correctly.
- Some players are experiencing performance issues on specific GPUs or hardware combinations.
- Some players with a non-Latin-1 codepage may have had their save games missing after Patch 1.01, we have a script that can help relocate the missing save games.
- Fixed an issue where some players would crash during their first game boot when the ‘game optimization’ screen is active and they ran out of disc space.
- Fixed an issue where some players would crash if they updated their video drivers after the game was already optimized previously.
- Fixed an issue where some players would crash during gameplay because of memory incorrectly being overwritten.
- Fixed an issue where some players would crash during gameplay due to a texture unstreaming bug.
- Improved performance when auto-saving (e.g. when completing a quest step).
- Fixed an issue where some players experienced that V-sync wouldn’t properly turn off in borderless mode
- Fixed an issue where some players experienced out of sync facial animations due to them being locked at 30FPS.
- Reduced memory used when streaming shaders.
- Improved crash report flow and messaging. Each crash now includes an identifier you can use to communicate with our Customer Support.
- Added more features to improve diagnostic data collection when submitting a crash report.
Superfast game patching shows that developers don’t want PC gamers to remember Horizon Zero Dawn as a failure. Having in mind the fact that the game’s sequel will be released on PlayStation 5, we can assume that in the future it might come to PC as well. Gamers do not forgive and do not forget, so being swift in fixing the game is essential to ensure a positive outlook from the community.
The good news in all of this is that due to a game being plagued by bugs, in just a few weeks its price dropped significantly. Horizon Zero Dawn on PC will be fixed eventually, so be sure to grab a cheap copy of one of the best PS4 titles cheaper while you still can!