Many gamers were looking forward to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor even before it was officially announced. Because Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was such a terrific experience, fans demanded a sequel, which Respawn Entertainment has provided. Well, it was mostly delivered. Although the tale and design are worthy successors, the execution, particularly on PC, is not.
While Jedi: Survivor isn’t set to release until April 28, early reports indicate that the game isn’t well-optimized. No, this isn’t a dig at the game’s 155 GB file size; Jedi: Survivor on PC is rife with bugs and performance difficulties, many of which mar an otherwise excellent game. The console versions have several major technical issues, but they are still the best method to play the game in terms of performance. To be fair, the Day One patch will most likely resolve many of these issues, and EA has stated that devs will provide a slew of patches in the coming weeks. However, the PC port of Jedi: Survivor is currently buggier than Geonosis, and many reviews will most likely reflect these issues.
We strongly recommend purchasing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor owing to the game’s outstanding quality, however, you will have performance concerns, especially if you insist on purchasing the game on PC. Here are some of the game’s noteworthy technical flaws that have been uncovered thus far.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’s Performance and Visual Bugs
If you’ve seen the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor trailers, you’ve probably noticed how fantastic the game looks. Respawn Entertainment spent many hours pushing the limitations of contemporary GPUs, and the firm may have achieved a little too well. Many of Jedi: Survivor’s issues are the result of poor performance. Here are some of the more prominent difficulties that have been mentioned by media outlets thus far.
- Across all platforms, the game is prone to crashing (our own Matthew Byrd suffered at least five major crashes during his PS5 gameplay).
- Parts of the environments would occasionally appear (particularly during cutscenes).
- Many portions of the game took a long time to load.
- Framerates plummeted dramatically throughout huge fight parts, in open landscapes, and even when walking through entrances.
- The game suffers from screen tearing.
- Lowering graphics settings did not improve performance much for some PC users.
The game’s seeming inability to improve performance when graphics settings are reduced is the most disturbing of all the flaws described above. Reduced texturing, lighting, and effects should normally alleviate some of the burdens on processors, but if they don’t, something is wrong with the engine and/or its optimization. Part of the difficulty, according to PCGamer, could be due to Jedi: Survivor loading chunks of the level in the background. According to Video Games Chronicle’s assessment, the game performed much smoother during linear stages, when the engine didn’t have to load as much.
Though Jedi: Survivor performs better on next-generation consoles, even the game’s Performance Mode cannot address all of the game’s issues. It will most likely take a few patches for those to be less noticeable.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’s Cutscene Bugs
Normally, visual and performance bugs would cover cutscenes as well, however, several publications discovered that cutscenes have their own set of glitches. The following are the most serious issues the reviewers identified:
- During cutscenes, pop-in was extremely awful.
- Every cutscene was infested with a game-breaking audio problem that destroyed the experience.
- During cutscenes, framerates decreased to 15 or 20 FPS.
- During cutscenes, dialogue frequently overlapped and certain lines were missing.
- During sequences, removable character accouterments like helmets and blasters trembled and snapped into place.
- During cutscenes, character accessories such as plates appeared and disappeared.
- During cutscenes, characters might rubber band across the screen.
Many of the flaws noticed during cutscenes are, however, yet another sign of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’s performance issues, thus they may go away once Respawn Entertainment patches the game. As previously said, the PC version has the most cutscene performance issues, although it’s a fairly common problem.
Is Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Worth It Despite the Performance Issues?
Currently, the PC version of Jedi: Survivor comes with a strong “buyer beware” warning. Regardless of the power of the player’s hardware, most reviews of the PC version of the game mention significant performance concerns. While the flaws aren’t as widespread or game-breaking as they were for games like Batman: Arkham Knight and Cyberpunk 2077, individuals who value PC performance and/or don’t have tremendously powerful PCs may wish to wait for fixes before purchasing that version of the game.
But what if you’ve already purchased the PC version? Given all of the performance issues and the game’s inability to maintain a consistent framerate, we have to agree with Video Game Chronicle and recommend using Jedi: Survivor’s quality mode settings regardless of hardware. Why bother utilizing graphics choices that are designed to maximize framerates when the game can barely support 40 FPS on most high-end PCs, let alone 60? Simply enjoy Cal Kestis’ voyage in 30 FPS and try to avoid the worst of the problems.
While the PC version of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is perhaps the weakest of the bunch, the console adaptations, while improved, aren’t without flaws. Push Square reported framerate problems and screen tearing on the PlayStation 5 version, while Gamespot reported sporadic crashing during cutscenes. Unless you want flawless performance, those versions of the game should be more than playable with early patches.