Finally, the fabled load time patch is here! That’s right, folks; earlier today, From Software released its latest update for Bloodborne. This update, which is now available for download to your PS4s, aims to improve some of the minor issues that have been present in the game since launch. Sorry, did I say minor issues? What I obviously meant was clearly game breaking performance issues that we should probably boycott Bloodborne and all of From Software’s future releases over. I mean, they can’t even get their game to load in under 30 seconds! I thought this was the future.
Seriously though, the good folks over at Digital Foundry have compiled a list showing off the improvements to loading times in Bloodborne’s various areas, reporting improvements of up to 32 seconds when respawning at Old Yharnam. On average though, players can expect a rough 5-15 second improvement to their loading times throughout the game.
On top of this improvement, patch 1.03 also fixes a bug that caused a number of the game’s elevators to be inoperable, as well as an occasional bug that left bosses frozen in space like big, unmoving punching bags. I’ll be honest, this is how I beat one of Bloodborne’s later bosses. You take what you get, right? Also, 1.03 now fixes a bug which disallowed the advancing of NPC storylines during co-operative play, and returns players to the title screen if the PS4 is put into rest mode during online play. No more leaving your consoles on for half a day to make the game easier, you hear me?
Finally, if all this good stuff was not enough, the shiny new loading times have had even more spice added to them with the inclusion of a rotating display of the game’s many item descriptions. A nice little familiar addition for all you Souls fans out there. And that’s the patch. With a promise of continued improvements to the gameplay experience, From Software are sending you back into Yharnam with a pat on the back. If you couldn’t manage the game thus far due to the loading issues, then come on back, and kudos to you for your rather ironic display of patience.