Good news, the Dragon Age: Inquisition PC patch has now been released; not so good news, it reportedly messes up some graphics settings and might crash more. The patch will automatically download through EA’s Origin, so avoiding it will be tricky – but PC players may wish to hold off if they can, at least for now.
Something is clearly amiss with this update. It causes several textures and graphics settings to default to the lower end of the scale, whether you want them to or not. It’s not that graphical options have been removed from the game or anything, but Dragon Age: Inquisition can apparently no longer find them.
It’s also resulting in some bizarre effects like the one shown in the image above, which comes from ‘TruffleMeister’ on the Dragon Age: Inquisition forums. The desert sun can be punishing, Hawke needs to invest in some good moisturiser.
There’s a pretty solid summary of the overall damage from user Solo80 on the Dragon Age forums, which you can combine with this other list from Reddit user BohemianStalker to get a good sense of what Patch 2 has apparently managed to break.
It mostly (at this early stage) seems to be problems related to graphics, though some other users have been suggesting that the game now crashes a lot more than it used to. Either way, it sounds like Patch 2 will, itself, be in need of a patch. Or a hotfix, at least.
In case you missed it earlier in the week, here’s our (pre-patch) review of Dragon Age: Inquisition.