The asymmetrical horror game The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has received another substantial patch addressing fan feedback and balancing issues just weeks after its last update. Developer Sumo Nottingham continues fine-tuning the multiplayer experience based on community response.
As an official adaptation of the 1974 slasher film, Texas Chain Saw Massacre garnered anticipation for bringing the iconic franchise into gaming once again. Its distinctive cat-and-mouse multiplayer has earned praise, but flaws remain. Fortunately, Sumo Nottingham’s transparency and rapid patching inspires confidence.
September Update Patch Notes
The official update notes shared on Reddit cover fixes, changes, and tuning across characters, mechanics and gameplay. Fixes rectify glitches like Hitchhiker phasing through walls when placing traps, while changes tweak abilities and perks for better balance.
For instance, stun duration was reduced on some characters to curb excessive crowd control. New restrictions also prevent manipulating brightness settings at unauthorised times. And now players controlling the murderous family can shut off previously activated fuseboxes, adding more nuance.
Incremental as they may seem, these granular changes can significantly impact high-level play as bold choices are made. It will be intriguing to observe how the adjustments ripple through competitive matches and emerging meta trends.
Ongoing Support Key for Multiplayer Experiences Post-Launch
Of course, new issues inevitably arise from updates as well. But Sumo Nottingham stated patches will shift from weekly to a slower cadence going forward partly to better analyse results before acting again. Their measured approach allows more observation before potential overcorrection.
Strong post-launch support is crucial, especially for multiplayer-focused titles. This is especially the case for horror games, as titles like Friday The 13th and the Halloween game, didn’t exactly hit the ground running and ultimately faded away. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s short life has already demonstrated Sumo Nottingham’s commitment to transparent communication and improving the gameplay experience.
Ongoing patching may frustrate some seeking stability. But for most, it reflects an engaged developer willing to iterate based on meaningful feedback, not corporate interests. These latest changes may be mere baby steps, yet they collectively inch the game closer to honouring its beloved horror roots through engaging asymmetrical play.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Game is out now for Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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