Dragon’s Dogma 2 leak suggests disappointing console performance

A new rumor suggests that Dragon’s Dogma 2 will run at just 30fps on PS5 and Xbox despite the focus on next-generation consoles.

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 is one of the most anticipated RPGs of the year, improving on its cult-classic predecessor in nearly every way. However, while it’s shaping up to be a grand adventure, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. A new leak suggests that the Dragon’s Dogma 2 FPS on PS5 and Xbox will leave a lot to be desired, targeting 30fps on these powerful next-generation consoles.

We were already impressed with Dragon’s Dogma 2 following our hands-on Dragon’s Dogma 2 preview last year, and since then so much more has been unveiled. From the nine unique classes to the stunning world and exploration, DD2 could emerge as one of the best RPG games of recent times. It’s disappointing, then, that Dragon’s Dogma 2’s PS5 and Xbox FPS could be lacking.

As reported by ‘PCFocus’ via a “Japanese insider”, Dragon’s Dogma 2 is expected to run at 30fps on consoles. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are exceptionally powerful systems that are able to run the likes of Baldur’s Gate 3 and The Last of Us Part 2 at 60fps – and make them look great while doing it. So it’s a shame that Dragon’s Dogma 2 might not meet this bar.

While no performance mode has been confirmed by Capcom, it’s possible that this rumored 30fps target is for fidelity mode, as this is the case with most next-generation games. However, the PC system requirements for Dragon’s Dogma 2 on Steam suggest that it will be a demanding game to run, so it could skip out on a graphics mode option on console altogether.

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Leaving the last-generation consoles behind, it’s possible that the graphical fidelity and scope of the game grew given the increased power to play around with. If Dragon’s Dogma 2 does run at just 30fps on console, then it will no doubt spark discussion around a mid-generation refresh, such as a PS5 Pro console, to keep up with the ever-increasing demands on new PS5 games and new Xbox games.

According to an IGN Japan preview, Dragon’s Dogma 2 will also feature just one save slot. What’s more, “auto saves and manual saves share that slot”, so you can expect to be juggling your save files in this expansive RPG. With DD2 reportedly being “quite tough by modern open world standards” according to IGN Japan, there’s certainly potential for the limited save slots to cause issues for players.

We are still awaiting official news from Capcom to confirm how Dragon’s Dogma 2 will perform on console. Nevertheless, it’s shaping up to be one of the best PS5 games and best Xbox games on the horizon with its intricate open-world exploration.