XCOM 2 gets a hotfix–but don’t expect a performance increase

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XCOM 2 is a pretty damned amazing game. In our own review, Alessandro said the game was incredible, even if it may have been a little unforgiving.

“XCOM 2 manages to improve a formula that had almost nothing wrong with it to begin with, adding a sense of urgency to the already unpredictable nature of its turn-based combat. It’s a rewarding experience, if not sometimes cruelly unfair.”

Unfortunately, the game’s a little wonky on PC, with performance issues and other bugs that are keeping it from being the best it can be. Firaxis and 2K have now released a hotfix aimed at alleviating a few of the game’s more pressing issues.

“It is important to the team that we address the issues below as soon as possible so fans can get back to enjoying the game. Stay tuned for more information on future updates,” the developer wrote in a Steam Community post.

Here’s what the Hotfix….hotfixes, I suppose.

  • Player is unable to progress to scan in the Geoscape after completing the Resistance Communications research via Tutorial – This will fix previously affected saves.
  • Unable to load saves with a Chryssalid Cocoon – This will fix the issue, and for previously affected saves.
  • Adjustments were made to Texture Streaming to assist with periodic frame spikes.
  • Using the preview voice button for a modded voice pack will no longer crash the game when in the armory.
  • Removed 8x MSAA from default Max settings.
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Unfortunately, while the patch is intended to help improve the game’s now notoriously shady performance, reports suggest it’s done no such thing.

At least that Capslock trick to improve load times still works though, right?

“Hitting the key, through a Rube-Goldberg-esque series of events, forces all outstanding load requests to be filled immediately in a single frame,” says Firaxis on the odd trick. “This causes a massive hitch, and potentially could crash the game. If you don’t care about those adverse effects the synchronous load is faster.”

Last Updated: February 18, 2016

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  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Patch loaded, testing tonight.

    Game is working ok at least. Loading times are VERY console-ish

    • Captain JJ and his ensigns

      I came here just to see if you would comment 😀

    • Hammersteyn

      Yeah, it’s the games fault and not your hardware 😛

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns


        • Commander Admiral Chief


          • Captain JJ and his ensigns


      • Commander Admiral Chief

        My hardware is equal to like 4 PS4’s

        • Hammersteyn

          You casual! XCOM Demands MORE!

          • Captain JJ and his ensigns


          • Commander Admiral Chief



            I’m sending the bucket around, please donate randelas so that I can raise above casualnessness

  • Hammersteyn
    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Close combat misses, the struggle is real!

      • I heard someone is making a stormtrooper mod for X-Com 2.

        Isn’t that just an impossible difficulty mod?

        • Captain JJ and his ensigns

          not if the enemy are red shirts

  • Pieter Kruger

    But but it’s not even a console port…….????

    • Hammersteyn

      They’ll claim it’s because the game is gonna be ported to console eventually, there’s always a reason to blame us

  • New patch has now crashed my game 3 times. Not a happy person.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      You are shitting me…

      • Check the forums. Many people can’t even start up their games anymore. And the patch completely meses up mods installed.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Luckily mine is still vanilla, for now

          • Well mine is “the power of mint and berries, yet with a satisfying, tasty crunch!” or at least that is what I would subscribe is as. 🙂

          • Commander Admiral Chief


            What hardware are you running? Hopefully it is not related to mine…

  • Jimmwyrm

    Game crashes and freezes my machine nearly every hour, this was even before the hotfix 🙁
    I tried updating everything on my machine, BIOS included, it worked perfectly for about 2 days, but it has since gone back to it’s old habits. I really love the game, but I am getting increasingly annoyed with it hanging my PC.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      What are your hardware specs? And what OS?

      • Jimmwyrm

        Uhhhmmm, AMD FX 3.2 8 core (I think, but it is an older one), MSI 960 motherboard (onboard sound), 8gb RAM, GTX 960 4gb, running windows 10 pro.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          We have almost the same specs, except I have AMD 7870 and Win8.1

          • Jimmwyrm

            I just wish I knew what caused it, and why the machine tanks completely instead of the program itself just crashing. Sigh.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’m going to give it a shot tonight, couldn’t last night

    • Pariah

      The only thing worse than that is missing a point-blank 99% shot.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      True, but think about it. If you are scared/intimidated, mind controlled etc….Surely your aim would be affected

      • Pariah

        Yeah but looking at that, it’s a point-blank flank. How on earth is the hit % so low? O_o

        • HvR

          Because his posture and aim is all shit.

          Stock should be tight in the shoulder not on the arm, head straight up and sights eye level.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Safety’s on.

  • ymhayuociotlc .

    Game won’t start anymore after hotfix. Click play nothing happens.

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