Evil West Lead Producer Claims Xbox Series S “Couldn’t Guarantee 60 FPS”

However, the producer also cited that the Series S does not hold the development back in any way.

Evil West is an upcoming action-packed, gory, fast-paced, third-person shooter with a unique take on the wild American West genre. The protagonist appears to be in a hellish version of the wild west, plagued by vampires and beasts of unknown origins. However, the game seems to be facing challenges outside of hunting monsters.

The lead producer for the highly-awaited Evil West appeared in an interview with Xbox Dynasty, discussing the performance modes revealed a few days ago. Only the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X opt to deliver a consistent 60 FPS at 1080p settings. All the last-gen consoles, including the Series S, can only offer 30 FPS.

The producer also dived into the specifics of the game’s performance and the development process for the Xbox Series S. The interview also elaborated on the ultimate decision not to provide a 60 FPS mode on the platform, despite many requests. 

Major Takeaway

  • The lead producer for Evil West appeared in an interview, discussing the performance modes for the Xbox Series S.
  • The developer claimed the Series S could not provide a stable 60 FPS, so they had to drop that option out the window.
  • The title instead opted for a stable 30 FPS mode for the Xbox Series S, following the footsteps of some recently released games.
  • The lead producer also proclaimed that Series S does not hold the game’s development back in any way.

The lead producer for Evil West cited how the Series S could not deliver a consistent 60 FPS, dropping back and forth. The developers instead chose to lock the game on 30 FPS for the platform to ensure the vampire hunting feels smooth and doesn’t stutter in the middle of monster slaying. 

The lead producer stated, “The answer is as simple as this: We tried everything, but we couldn’t guarantee 60 fps 100%. It would sometimes fall below that, which I think is worse for the experience than a stable 30fps.

The words of the developer suggest the console is unable to incorporate 60 FPS for games like Evil West. The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, can utilize its robust system to lock Evil West on stable 60 FPS at 1080p resolution. Moreover, the developer further explained there is no dynamic resolution.

The producer also responded to whether the Series S console held Evil West’s development back. The producer clarified the game does not look exactly the same on both consoles. Furthermore, the team did not have to make them look and play exactly alike. Selecting this method ensured there were no limitations in development. 

The developer clarified and praised the Series S, “We’re not forced to make the Series X version look exactly like the Series S, so we’re not limited as developers. At the same time, the Series S is an excellent market product – I know a lot of people who use it as an all-in-one box for family entertainment.

Evil West will only deliver a stable 30 FPS on the 1080p resolution, following the trend of recent games like Gotham Knights. Does the Series S lack power, or are the developers not fully utilizing the console? The argument will probably keep boiling up for years to come. 

All in all, Evil West will still play great on all the platforms, going for a satisfying monster-hunting experience. The title also features an online co-op for the entire campaign, but only the host can progress the storyline. Moreover, there is a good mix of melee alongside a variety of ranged weapons. 

What are your thoughts about Evil West following the trend to only provide 30 FPS on the Xbox Series S? Do you think the console is too weak to support stable 60 FPS for games of significant scale? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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