Splinter Cell: Blacklist update 1.03 adds support for 3+ GPUs, general optimizations

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Oct 09, 2013 01:33 PM EDT
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Ubisoft may not have attained that much popularity among fans with the newest Splinter Cell title – Splinter Cell: Blacklist – compared to the previous games in the franchise, but that doesn’t mean that the company will stop supporting it.

With that in mind, Ubisoft recently released patch 1.03 for the game that adds a number of overall improvements for the game while also getting rid of a few in-game nuisances in the form of crashes and freezes.

The patch also adds in support for 3+ GPUs and 16:10 aspect ratio. As far as fixes are concerned, the new update fixes the flicking lights present on certain multiple GPU setups. Apart from this, there are other several improvements made to the game’s online mode. Check out the update’s complete changelog below:

ADV IMPROVEMENTS
Money and experience are now automatically saved when the game ends due to host migration

The host’s team is no longer guaranteed to play as Mercs first. The team will be randomly chosen to start as either Spies or Mercs.

Removed Exit Match option during mid-match menus and halftime report.

Made maps-specific changes to prevent spawn-killing in general and spawn-killing by drones specifically.

CONTROLS

Split of "Use" and "Attack" actions

Allow controller to work even when window is not in focus

Fix crash on loading screen when disconnecting controller

Fix active sprint toggle

GRAPHICS

16:10 aspect ratio support (option in video settings for non-letterboxed mode)

Support for 3+ GPUs

Fix for flicking lights on certain multiple GPU setups

GAMEPLAY

Fix bug with mines not always working with NPCs

Fix issue with assault mastery on ghost maps

Fix freezes in certain levels

Fix invisible collision area in certain co-op level

Fix bug where players can get stuck at the end of a certain co-op level

Fix crash when walking on the big pipes

Fix issue where final cutscene may not be correctly visible

UI

Fix black screen when accessing after action report from lobby at certain times

Show hack reset camera in killcam of players

Fix mouse scroll usage on missions settings menu

Fix some instance of incorrect button prompts

Fix for disappearing mouse cursor on changing language settings

Fix issue with cell feed menus

Fix issue where player can get stuck in video settings menu

Fix issue where restart story menu can't be accessed

Fix problem with selecting challenges and scrolling through list

AUDIO

Fix audio volume in videos

ONLINE

Improved spawn algorithm

Extended drone exclusion radius

Fix issue with drones not getting properly destroyed

Prevent drones getting into spy spawning volume

Anti-RFD helmet no longer blocks torso abilities

Stun duration balancing

Ensure profile and earned money is saved if host quits

Spy loadout gadget quantity balancing

Team assignment balancing

Modified motion tracking

Fix merc invulnerability exploit in certain spot

Fix issue with sticky cam damage

Ensure blocked players can't join games

ENGINE

Addition of optional automatic HTTP proxy detection

Use minimal system validation on launch

Fix Processor affinity

Fix alt-tab crash in loading screen

General optimizations

Note that the patch will be auto-downloaded next time the game is launched.

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