Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has a trick that should improve performance: reducing the spawn rates of Pokémon in the open world. It’s a move that might end up being controversial, especially to those that love catching shinies, but this could be a positive in the long haul.
According to the official patch notes, the spawn rate of Pokémon will reduce so that the two games will crash less. The update will also reduce the number of townspeople that populate the environment, lessening the already sparse civilian life.
Here’s what was written in the official Pokémon Scarlet and Violet patch notes:
“We will address an issue that can cause the game to forcibly close at certain locations. As a result of this fix, there may be a reduction of Pokémon and people displayed in certain towns or in the wild.”
Though not ideal, there’s no doubt that these technical issues have hampered Scarlet and Violet from a quality standpoint. Granted, that hasn’t stopped these games from having the best Switch-exclusive launch ever but the more fixes the better.
In addition to making Pokémon Scarlet and Violet crash less, other technical issues like random Poké Balls appearing in areas, passersby appearing during town battles, and more will be fixed. That doesn’t mean these games will get a complete overhaul but it should make them a more tolerable experience in the long run.
Updates and patch notes aside, Pokémon fans are hoping to hear something big from next week’s Pokémon Day. Some dataminers have already discovered a possible leak for a new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon title and we’ve heard teases for Scarlet and Violet DLC from various insiders. Expect all or none of that next week when that video comes out.
With a major patch coming, now seems to be the best time to pick up Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Both games are readily available on the Switch, with a limited-edition Pikachu available for download until February 28.