Vampire survival game V Rising is the latest multiplayer title to go virally popular on Twitch, leading to a massive unforeseen surge in players. And like many of the virally popular indie games that preceded it, V Rising is rushing to do what it can to polish its Early Access experience with limited development resources. To its credit, developer Stunlock Studios has continued to deliver significant hotfixes since V Rising's launch, the latest of which has now been delivered.

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Hotfix 6, patch 0.5.42236, is now live for all V Rising players. The update is specifically focused on addressing issues with V Rising and as such doesn't include any content. Technically, it does add two new features, though they're for server administration rather than gameplay. The first is the "decayusercastles" console command and allows a server admin to put a player's castles into decay. Second, adminlist.txt and banlist.txt files load from both default Settings and local override Settings.

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By far the biggest change may be considered a bug fix, but is more accurately a change in Stunlock's design. Lumber, Stone, and Plant Fibre will no longer block V Rising players from using waygates or applying bat form. This should make map traversal in V Rising faster with material a less risky proposition. Stunlock specifically called attention to the decision on Twitter, publicly acknowledging player feedback over the frustrating limitation.

Four bug fixes are what remains of Hotfix 6 for V Rising. First, there's a fix for a crash that could occur when destroying castles. Second, using the command "claninvite" could crash another player's game client, but has now been fixed. Third, a dupe exploit used by resurrecting and terminating V Rising's servants has been removed. Lastly, some fine-tuning of remote connection has been done for players having issues with dedicated servers.

Altogether, Hotfix 6 isn't an update that most V Rising players will notice having an impact in their regular gameplay. The changes to bat form and waygates are more than welcome, of course, but V Rising players had likely grown comfortable with the grind if they're still playing. Future players will appreciate the change, though. Altogether, the hotfix is mostly about improving the overall quality of the game as it moves toward leaving Steam Early Access.

In May, Stunlock confirmed that bug fixes and technical functionality would be its priority for the near future. That doesn't mean content isn't being worked on, of course. Endgame expansion and improvements are at the top of Stunlock's list, as is creating content based on V Rising player requests. There's more to come for V Rising in 2022, including both hotfixes and content updates.

V Rising is available now on PC.

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