One recently Scarlet Nexus update revealed that Bandai Namco’s stylish action RPG would not reproduce character and enemy shadows on PC if played in multiple non-English languages. Even the biggest video games are technical marvels held together by hopes, dreams and tape, but it takes the cake.
While patch notes do not go into detail about which languages were affected, Scarlet Nexus players have discussed the issue on the game’s Steam forums since it was launched on June 25th. Skilled players eventually delivered a solution that made shadows work in French, Italian and German by adding a simple text string to Scarlet Nexus‘starting options.
Kotaku contacted Bandai Namco for more information but did not hear before the announcement.
Looking at Scarlet Nexus videos from the last few weeks, it is clear that the shadow error not only affected the PC release, but also the versions of PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5and Xbox Series X. And from what I can tell, the problem only manifested after a certain point in the game, as shadows can be clearly seen in footage of Scarlet Nexus” opening moments. That said, until we get more details from Bandai Namco, it’s hard to figure out the extent and breadth of the problem.
Funnily enough, shadows are certainly intact in the footage Scarlet Nexus uses for pop-ups for in-game tutorials, only to return to Shadowless gameplay moments later. It’s one of those things that may not have been immediately visible along with RPG’s smooth, fast battle, but now sticks out like an evil thumb.
This graphic weirdness also gained traction on Twitter following the July 7 release of the update thanks to french-speaking yaoilowell (good name, by the way), who joked that the mistake was accurate, as people in France do not actually cast shadows in real life. The jury is still out on one, but at least the problem is fixed Scarlet Nexus. No more like everyone in the game is a vampire if you do not play in English.