Dragon’s Dogma 2’s first patch lets you start a new game without deleting your save first

Dragon’s Dogma 2’s first patch lets you start a new game without deleting your save first

The first patch for Dragon’s Dogma 2 is officially out on PlayStation 5 and Steam. In additional to a handful of new graphical settings, it adds the option to start a new save file and increases the number of “Art of Metamorphosis” tomes (which allow you to change your character’s appearance) in the game. You can see the full patch notes here. A patch for the Xbox Series X version of the game is planned for the coming days.

Originally, Dragon’s Dogma 2 only offered a single save slot, meaning players who wanted to start the game again — perhaps to try a different specialization — could only do so by manually deleting their save file at the system level first. The process is fiddly, involving disabling cloud saving and, for Steam players, actually locating their game save on the hard drive.

Capcom initially said it would add “the option to start a new game when save data already exists” as part of the first wave of updates to Dragon’s Dogma 2. This doesn’t mean it actually added a second save slot for a new character; the update simply made it easy to overwrite your save from within the game itself.

Capcom also said it added a frame rate cap of 30 frames per second to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game.At a base level, the game runs with an uncapped frame rate, meaning it can sometimes run faster than 30 fps, but this can result in inconsistent and juddery performance (especially for players without variable refresh rate displays). A 30 fps cap should ensure a more consistent and stable feel to the game, though it’s only available on PS5 at the moment..

Capcom also added options to disable the motion blur and ray tracing graphical effects to console versions of Dragon’s Dogma 2, but it warned that doing so “will not affect the frame rate significantly.” Frame rate improvements will come in “future updates,” it said. PC players will now get better-quality results from the DLSS.

Previously in very limited supply, the stock of the “Art of Metamorphosis” item is being increased to 99 at Pawn Guilds. This change appears to be targeted at criticism of the game’s microtransactions, which include the sale of “Art of Metamorphosis” at $1.99. With this change, it will only be inability to afford the in-game price that would push players toward paying real money to change the looks of their character or Main Pawn. (No changes were announced for other rare items available to buy as microtransactions, such as Wakestones or portcrystals.)

Other changes make it easier to acquire your own house earlier in the game, as well as various text display and bug fixes.

Capcom said it would release the updates “as soon as they are ready for distribution on each platform.”

Update (March 29): An original story on a planned patch has been updated throughout with details.