It was kind of a surprise last year when Doom was abruptly announced and then quickly released for the Nintendo Switch. The game had to make some concessions to fit on Nintendo’s lower-powered console compared to its PS4 and Xbox One releases, but porting studio Panic Button did a noticeably good job with a tough task. Now, a year after release, the developer is issuing an anniversary patch to, among other things, help the game run better.
Happy 25th Anniversary, @DOOM fans!
We got you a little something – an update to DOOM for #NintendoSwitch with increased performance, and you can now add recent players to your Friend List.
Oh – And video capture.
— Panic Button (Official) (@PanicButtonGame) December 10, 2018
As explained in the tweet, Doom now allows you to add friends to your friends list based on recent player data, meaning you can befriend or make a friendly rival out of someone you played against in multiplayer. Video capture was also added, which speaks to further optimizations, as video capture apparently uses up a degree of system resources so several games don’t support it.
Panic Button is also behind the Switch port of Doom Eternal, the still in-development Doom sequel, meaning that the performance optimizations are likely because of work getting done on Doom Eternal being able to transfer backwards.
Doom Eternal is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in 2019.