Square Enix and Luminous Productions have released a new Forspoken update that's intended to target (no pun intended) changes to some of the game's systems. These include targeting, visuals, and Frey's magic, and there are some optimization boosts in store as well.
In a blog post announcing the update, Square Enix highlights several new quality-of-life updates, including a new "remember last-viewed menu section" option that opens the menu to wherever you were last time you opened it. Targeting improvements include a new "focus on target" setting that gives you greater control over who you're slinging spells at, as well as a "lock onto nearby enemies" toggle that switches to nearby enemies when your current target is defeated.
Another big improvement in this update is the ability to turn off Frey taking damage from her own spells. As it stands right now, it's possible for Frey to stagger herself with an ill-timed spell or shot, but if you turn this new setting on, then Frey will no longer be susceptible to effects from her own magic. You can, of course, just leave the setting off if you prefer things the way they are now.
This new Forspoken update also contains various improvements to the game's visuals. When you first start up the game, you'll be asked to set your preferred brightness, contrast, and HDR settings, so you can make Forspoken look however you like. Lighting and ambient occlusion have also been altered, and although you might not notice those changes immediately, the game should look nicer as a result.
Several optimization improvements have also been implemented. Of course, this is dependent on your PC's specs, but if you're running a machine with Recommended specs or higher, then you should see "as much as a 30% boost in performance", according to Square Enix. PS5 players will also be able to enjoy this performance boost.