Reminder: The Franchise Has Netted $11 Billion Over Its Lifetime
Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a PC port of a AAA game was released with game destroying bugs, but Treyarch’s latest iteration of Call of Duty appears to be the latest casualty. Steam users are reporting numerous game breaking issues, including unplayable frame rates (of the 5-10fps variety) and crashes upon launch. Users have noted it appears to be an issue with Intel i5 processors, although the specifications flexing competition in the reviews section have made mention of the occasional i7 also having issues.
Treyarch and Activision are now aware of the issue and are promising a patch sometime real soon. Look, we get that you can’t debug for every hardware iteration in the PC universe, but when users are saying that the beta ran smoother than the finished product, you messed up somewhere. This certainly isn’t going to help their downward slide, with each Call of Duty release selling less than the previous for the last three years.
Despite a multi-billion dollar AAA franchise on its umpteenth iteration having day one bugs being entirely unacceptable, we decided to look on the bright side. Treyarch has reached out and mentioned the following fix may help a few lucky players looking to get their COD on.
“Certain i5 CPUs having performance issues causing very low frame rates – We are still working on the final solution for this issue, but we have had reports that changing WorkerThreads = 4 to WorkerThreads = 2 in your config.ini file can help (In the game folder, commonly located here, C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Call of Duty Black Ops III\players\config.ini).”
Conversely, they offered a follow up fix in case your i7-5960x and triple SLI GTX 980ti’s are still struggling:
“We have also noticed that some systems may get better input response with FPS Cap set just below refresh rate. If you have a 60hz monitor, you can try enabling Vsync and setting your FPS Cap to 58.”
While we wait to see if Treyarch will actually offer a timely fix for Black Ops III or just pull the plug like Warner Bros. did with Arkham Knight, we want to know if any of these fixes worked for you.
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