Ever since its launch on Xbox Game Pass in September, the developers behind Payday 3 have been busy. Initial server issues that troubled players were quickly resolved, but a more comprehensive patch was postponed multiple times throughout October. Now, as we step into November, the much-awaited 1.01 update is live, and it's quite a mammoth one. The patch introduces a plethora of changes and fixes; in fact, more than 200 in total.
As far as updates go, it's a lot to digest. The patch touches on virtually every aspect of the high-stakes heist game including modifications to general gameplay, balance adjustments, skill overhauls, weapon tweaks, enemy updates, technical improvements, user interface (UI) enhancements, audio revisions, visual corrections, and changes to specific heists. There is also a section dedicated to known issues, which the developers aim to address going forward.
General updates cover a range of aspects. From adding pre-order and edition-specific items to all players to adjusting the aim assist function for PlayStation 5 controllers, there's a lot going on. A unique feature now provides a warning before the alarm goes off in-game and not to be interrupted by other radio dialogues. The update will also offer a selection of fixes addressing server crashes, synchronization issues, or running into problems post heist failure.
The developers sought to make minor tweaks in this patch. The notorious exploits Armor Up and Last Man Standing are set for adjustments that require more setup compared to their prior versions. This change is due in the next patch. Lessons learned from player feedback mean developers are also eyeing a strategy to boost the underperforming health mechanic, besides offering more ways for players to restore armor.
Several noteworthy skill changes are also part of the update, addressing potential interaction interferences and limiting the use of certain abilities in specific situations for fairness. Multiple weapons also see extensive modifications, including ammo adjustments and spawn point realignments. In addition, the patch looks at refining confrontations with enemies - for instance, Dozers will get closer before engaging heisters.
Behind the scenes, the patch included a slew of technical fixes to improve game stability and performance. The focus on UI enhancements is evident, with several adjustments made to the screen display, layout, and information representation. Audio and visual alterations round up these changes, fine-tuning immersive details that contribute to an engaging gaming experience. The developers have also tweaked a variety of heists, with specific changes aiming to tackle balance issues and potential exploitation of game mechanics.
While the patch addresses the majority of prevalent issues in Payday 3, the developers acknowledged a few lingering problems categorized as “known issues.” These refer to bugs or glitches that have been identified but are yet to be completely resolved.
The sheer volume of changes underscores the commitment of developers to continually refine and perfect the game. The developers are eager for players to jump back into the criminal world of Payday 3, equipped with the newfound refinements from this enormous 1.01 update. The heist continues!
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