Elden Ring day one update improves controls and stability for launch

Elden Ring
Elden Ring (Image credit: Bandai Namco)

What you need to know

  • Bandai Namco Entertainment has detailed its first Elden Ring update ahead of the title's Feb. 25 release on console and PC.
  • Patch 1.02 delivers changes on all platforms, promising improvements to gameplay stability, impacting controls, frame rate, and more.

Elden Ring received its first update on Thursday, with full patch notes since issued by publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment, as the title rolls out across the globe. The update sets out to tackle various looming issues in preparation for the game's slated Feb. 25 release, promising "improve the stability of the gameplay" on console and PC.

Elden Ring marks the latest action role-playing game (RPG) developed by FromSoftware, with early reviews now live, positioning it as one of the best-rated video games of all time. It delivers the challenge of the studio's previous projects like, Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and with input from George R. R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame, also hosts a deep universe to explore.

The latest Elden Ring patch delivers refinements upon some initial complaints, aiming to improve console and PC performance, addressing frame rate drops "under certain conditions." The update also brings changes to balancing and controls, plus miscellaneous bugs ahead of launch.

The full patch notes for the download, dubbed patch 1.02, follow, as posted in a Bandai Namco blog post.

App Ver. 1.02

Regulation Ver. 1.02.1

Major items included in the latest update:

  • Improved player controls
  • Addition and adjustment of BGM
  • Text adjustments
  • Balance adjustments
  • NPC event fixes and adjustments
  • Fixed frame rate drops under certain conditions
  • Fixed text bug in some languages
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Xbox wireless headset from working properly

Bandai Namco has also reiterated that ray tracing support remains in the pipeline, as previously announced for a later post-launch update. The publisher has previously announced a planned release on Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC, via a free update for all players.

Our Elden Ring review describes the title as a "masterclass in open-world game design," delivering FromSoftware's best project to date. "For players willing to embrace the challenge and defeat seemingly insurmountable foes, Elden Ring is, without question, one of the greatest RPGs ever made," stated Windows Central's Miles Dompier.

Elden Ring is now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, plus PC, starting at $60 on all platforms.

Matt Brown

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