The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been an incredible experience for the most part. While it’s been one of the most refreshing entries in the Zelda series, feeling new and yet familiar, it’s not without its share of problems. However, Nintendo has been looking to rectify these problems one small patch at a time.
Nintendo released the 1.1.1 update for Breath of the Wild, with little information on what the patch actually does. The notes on the official Nintendo page simply read, “Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.”
However, many players are reporting these “adjustments” have been made to the game’s frame rate issues. I myself tested The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, immediately heading for the Korok Forest (one of the most notorious areas for frame-rate chug) to see if the reports were true.
Both on and off the dock, the frame rate stayed mostly stable while in densely forested areas. The game did still chug while running through the Korok Forest, but there was a noticeable improvement since the last version of the game. Off the dock, the improvement was even better, however, this is to be expected as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was optimized for off-dock play.
This is a solid step in the right direction for Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an engaging experience, one I’ve already sunk easily 100 plus hours into since launch. While elements like the stamina system and weapon durability system could use a massive overhaul through patching, seeing Nintendo take the steps to make the overall experience more immersive will be good for the game’s longevity, especially with DLC on the way.