Mafia III PC Patch Coming This Weekend, Unlocking FPS

What's the true crime here, Ian K? Is it murder or the state of the PC port? It's murder, isn't it. Definitely murder. Murder's the worse one.

No sooner had Mafia III [official site] launched last night than publishers 2K threw up their hands and admitted problems with the PC port. They said they were working on a patch adding options like removing the lock keeping framerates at 30fps, and have since followed up saying that’ll be coming sooner than we perhaps expected: this weekend. They don’t say if it’ll fix other problems like crashes, mind. Our John has experienced one crash during three hours of crimes, which he’s currently committing so he can tell us Wot He Thinks of Mafia III, but some players report more.

2K said in an addendum to last night’s announcement:

“We currently have a patch running here at the studio that includes 30, 60, and unlimited frames-per-second options in the video menu, among other improvements for the PC version of Mafia III. We’re verifying the patch now to ensure everything is working as expected. If everything goes well, we expect the update to go live this weekend. We will be keeping the PC community up-to-date on the status of the patch throughout the weekend and thank you for all the feedback!”

We’ll have to see what those “many other improvements” are. John reports a few bits seem shoddy, such as menu items colliding, bad texture pop-in, and juddery framerates. Some players are suffering many more crashes than him too.

But hey, some people are playing and enjoying it just fine. This isn’t another huge mess like Batman: Arkham Knight, it just seems unpolished and glitchy, maybe rushed to release with PC as an afterthought – as a disappointing number of big-budget PC games are.


  1. DanMan says:

    “No sooner had Mafia III launched last night than publishers 2K threw up their hands and admitted problems with the PC port.”

    What now?

    • emsir says:

      Funny comment by the author to this article, Alice O’connor: “Some are playing this game just fine… And who are “some”, and how many? 4? 10? 100? That’s just stupid. EVEREYONE WHO PAID FOR THIS SHIT SHOULD PLAY IT JUST FINE ! And why does Alice (in Wonderland) think 2K makes a patch? Because it’s shit.

  2. dorobo says:

    This is a bit strange. If they can fix fps lock in a couple of days how come they haven’t done it before the release. Something not right here.

    • TimorousBeastie says:

      It’s pretty common in game development to not touch things that don’t 100% need to be fixed in the run up to release. I’ve seen horrendous bugs, awful gameplay and missing features waived as post-launch even if they would be a couple of lines of code, just because of potential knock-on bugs and subsequent delays. I think most developers probably have a first patch branch that is full of fixes and features that will be getting worked on while the mainline is going through stabilisation and optimisation only.

      Once you’ve released, you’re somewhat more free of the harsh deadlines, and can afford to fix non-showstopper bugs.

      • dorobo says:

        Sure sure but a 30fps lock on such a game seems like a major flaw.It’s like a half finished game :)

        • keefybabe says:

          Not really, it doesn’t functionally change the game, it’s only nerds like you and me who care about it.

          • aepervius says:

            It does functionally change the game. Try a good shooter at 30 fps and the same at 60 , then 120. The difference on how the control are handling is striking. Targeting feel slugish with the mouse at 30 fps. So for something which need precision and speed together (targeting) it is a major flaw to lock it a 30 fps. It also hint that the primary target plateform was not PC, it was an afterthought, possibly hinting at severe limitation due to the primary console target. We’ll see. I am patient and will wait a few weeks to see how the situation settle and the reaction of people to the title.

        • TimorousBeastie says:

          Alas the game still runs, so it’s not necessary to fix. Hell, the last project I worked on professionally went live without an invert controller option as we weren’t allowed to fix it, and that’s just a -1 multiplier on the pitch input and a tickbox in the options.

      • mtomto says:

        Fixed 30fps on PC was a problem that anyone with a brain could have seen comming the second they put “Mafia III” and “PC” together as an idea several years ago. Why take the massive hit in ratings for such a trivial thing?

        Either someone isn’t doing their job or 2K just doesn’t care about PC.

        • Cvnk says:

          This is the crux of it. Whether or not this should be considered a game breaking bug doesn’t really matter when this sort of angry reaction was totally predictable and apparently easily avoided.

        • ww says:

          Cynical minds would suspect MS/Sony had a hand in this, for platform parity of some such. Of course plain incompetence or other factors are equally likely.

      • emsir says:

        No. its’ not pretty common to release games that doesn’t work. And people pay money for. Those who are responsible for this should be kicked in the ass. It is somehow strange that this game is running fine on consoles. If they test the console port, why is it so hard to test it on PC? On a PC with high-end hardware at least. Playing the game from start to finish on highest settings. I will suggest that all of us who paid for this game to contact 2K and get a refund. They should pay for this shit and not us.

    • fish99 says:

      My guess is they didn’t care until the bad reviews and refund requests started arriving on Steam, and they realized it was costing them money.

  3. PiiSmith says:

    Hmm, so again PC problems and no review copies. Publishers get your shit together!

    • mika76 says:

      The developers themselves sent out a notice of the 30fps lock, so what would a review have helped?

      • yogibbear says:

        No they did not. Game was streamed early (3 hrs before unlock) and people noticed 30fps lock and went and complained to 2k who THEN made their PR announcement.

    • Arathorn says:

      Or people should just stop preordering. Publishers only care about their profits, and as long as they keep getting away with this crap they’ll do this crap.

      Why would someone need any game on launch day anyway? Or indeed anything?

      • c-Row says:

        While this is true for digital downloads there are those who want to pick up the physical special edition before shops run out of stock, and Mafia III has an especially nice special edition.

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        Qazinsky says:

        Hey, noone NEEDS a game, period.

        Some of us simply wants to play the game now. Not tomorrow. Not in a month. Not in a year. Not at the heat death of the universe.

  4. keefybabe says:



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    distantlurker says:

    Dear Publishers.

    The telly-botherers won’t put up with this shizzle and neither will I.

    You launch broked, your GOTY goes on my steam list and I’ll wait until the sale.

    Your own fault tbpfh.

  6. gbrading says:

    2K really have been on a winning streak recently between this and the BioShock remasters. An 11th hour patch is still substandard in my opinion.

  7. TeaEarlGreyHot says:

    I don’t think 2k games will continue to release PC games much longer at this rate. Quality has gone down over the years to the point of not even taking FPS into consideration for a PC release? People should avoid preordering 2k games like the plague. They don’t deserve a pat on the back for turning around and releasing an update to unlock 60fps when it was something the game should have already had on release. Preorder now to receive negative bonuses like no unlocked frame rate support at launch!

  8. Acecool says:

    It’d be nice if the game would launch on Windows 10 x64 with everything up to date… The window opens briefly then closes… If I launch the exe a blank .dmp file is created…

  9. Gordon Shock says:

    it almost seems like that’s how things are now. What about collectively lowering our expectations and NOT buy on day one?

    Inevitably a patch is coming, likely sooner than later, so why waste time and energy when we pretty much all know that things will get fixed down the line.

  10. Jediben says:

    On top of all this, they are bound to want to put prices up as a result of recent currency issues. More money demanded and more bugs unresolved. We need a crack for Denouvo like, yesterday.

  11. RockyRoad says:

    If the 30fps cap makes you mad, then you’re really going to love this. I broke my rule of never pre-ordering and quickly got a reminder of why it’s a bad idea. I really enjoy the Mafia games and driving games in general so I figured I’d find something to enjoy in this game even if others didn’t like it so much. So I stupidly went ahead and ordered the physical copy of the Deluxe Edition from Amazon. It arrives today and I’ve got the weekend off so I’m pretty excited to get started. Open the box, put disc one in, Steam pops up with a message to input the activation code. Ok, no problem I look around the contents of the box find a flier listing activation instructions. It tells me to enter the product code located on the back of the instruction manual. Ok, where is the instruction manual? Hmmm, doesn’t seem to be here, well that’s a problem then in’t it? So yeah, no code = no game. Awesome. Read the amazon reviews, sounds like 2K forgot to include the manuals with the activation codes for all copies of the Deluxe Edition.

  12. emsir says:

    Still no patch…..