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New Dragon’s Dogma 2 update curbs cliff-diving Pawns on PS5 and Xbox

The new Dragon’s Dogma 2 update will arrive later this month, tweaking Pawn behavior, fixing bugs, and making high-fives easier on PS5 and Xbox.

Dragon's Dogma 2 new update Pawn cliffs: an adventurer fighting a monster with blue magic, next to a man with silver hair wearing a brown cloak

A brand new Dragons Dogma 2 update is set to land on PS5 and Xbox this month, and your trusted companions are about to get a whole lot smarter. Headlining the Dragon’s Dogma 2 patch notes is a set of much-needed changes to Pawn behavior and dialogue – the biggest of which will make them “less likely to fall off cliffs.”

Verticality has long been the humble Pawn’s biggest natural predator in Dragon’s Dogma 2. We’re sure we’re not the only ones who let out a large groan after carefully navigating our way down a steep outcropping, only for our Artificially Unintelligent sidekicks to yeet themselves off the top after us like they’re practicing for the synchronized Olympic dive. Hopefully, our Pawns will be a little less lemming-like when the update arrives in the RPG game.

Positive reinforcement is crucial to keeping morale high. Whether it’s celebrating a quest’s conclusion, a tough kill, or your Pawns not impersonating a school of dolphins every time they get too close to a ledge, you need to let your compadres know they’ve done well. To help with this, Capcom’s fixed an issue where, occasionally, you wouldn’t be able to high-five Pawns. Based.

Dragon's Dogma 2 new update Pawn cliffs: the full update notes

Another major gripe we’ve had with Pawns is that, respectfully, they won’t stop yapping. Pawn dialogue is pretty limited in Dragon’s Dogma 2, which only makes the issue worse. Capcom says that not only is it “reducing the frequency of some Pawn dialogue lines,” but the lines themselves are also being improved to “better match circumstances.” Result.

Elsewhere in the new Dragon’s Dogma 2 update notes, Capcom is also offering you the ability to see the pretty(?) faces of your Arisen and Pawns up close and personal in certain menus. Now you can appreciate the hours of work put into the DD2 character creation tool, whether it’s to become the Lisan al Gaib or the God of War, more often than before.

While this is all well and good, the new PS5 game and new Xbox game’s biggest wishlist item – a dedicated performance mode – remains unfulfilled. Despite tweaks on PS5 in a recent patch, DD2 is still pretty choppy. It may be well on the way to beating the sales of the original Dragon’s Dogma, but there’s no denying that the lack of performance stability in the open-world game has hampered its initial success. Hopefully, further optimization efforts will do the job if performance mode has been ruled out completely, but for now it’s often hard to experience the action as it should be.

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