Red Dead Redemption 2 may have removed or modified surrounding occlusion in a recent update, according to fans showing side by side comparisons.
If, however, you have to play through the Western Epic, Red Dead Redemption 2 consider blocking the updates from your original disk installation. According to multi-player reports in dedicated Red Dead Redemption groups, Rockstar apparently removed ambient occlusion in a visual downgrade ̵
The news originally came from Twitter using Darealbandicoot, which shared side-by-side screens of version 1.00 and version 1.06 in the western game:
There is a good chance that you have to blow these pictures to notice the difference, especially if you are a beginner to surrounding occlusion. Simply surrounding ambient is a realistic illumination based on the actual geometry of the room – if a light source were to be blocked, we would not expect to see each inch's angles and hooks. For a visual demonstration you can look at this (thanks to the GamingScan site):
You may notice in the right picture that shadows are more common Dark colors are more rich and everything looks more realistic.
Now you can do the same comparison with the two images:
Several things appear in this comparison picture – you can see that Arthur's jacket is more illuminated and has much less shadow on the highest image taken with Update 1.06. Shadows under the bar are less widespread, and general lighting is much brighter.
To find out the differences more easily, go back and forth between these two pictures:
It does not seem enough that the latest update mentions All about removing or changing the lighting of the game, let alone complete removal of the surrounding occlusion. In fact, lighting is not mentioned at all without little changes and texture problems.
Of course, there is always the chance that there are mitigating factors that cause these differences – in earlier rumors of downgrades, these could have been caused by differences in weather or time of day. On the other hand, it is not uncommon to see assets switching in updates, as games are further optimized, either intentionally or unintentionally. But if this is real and not just unfortunate side-by-side grabs, it's a shame. One of the main reasons why the game got a 10 from DualShockers is because it was a technical show stopper, including the lighting.
Of course, to enjoy the game as it was originally implemented, you simply had to uninstall the game and reinstall without an internet connection and without patches.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on PS4 and Xbox One; If you want to get your hands on it, you can order the game through Amazon.
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