This news goes alongside word of the game being played by over 5 million people.
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Tripwire Interactive has a two-fold announcement for Maneater fans today. First is word that the action-RPG where you play as a shark has hit the 5 million player mark. It's probably important to keep in mind that it's not that they sold 5 million copies of the game, just that 5 million people have played the game. Maneater was, after all, one of the free PlayStation Plus titles for January 2021.

Nevertheless, Tripwire is celebrating this milestone with a new update for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X players. This new update adds in ray tracing support for the console versions of the game. Tripwire says that this update has been "built from the ground up" for Series X and PlayStation 5 systems. This update offers better real-time reflections on the surface of the water in addition to refractions when looking up to the surface from below.

Today's update also includes various quality of life and optimization improvements that are "designed to improve stability and performance across all platforms." This includes the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

The full changelog can be found below along with a few additional screenshots showing off the ray tracing.

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New Features
  • Ray Tracing support for PS5 and XSX

HDR for PS5/XSX
  • Fixed issue where the background on the pause screen would not blur
  • Fixed issue with the intro movies being darker than normal
  • Fixed an issue with blur/transparency on menus and UI elements including in game popup messages

Stability and Performance
  • Addressed a crash that could occur when importing a save file from PS4 to PS5
  • Performance improvements made across the game.
  • Especially targeting Xbox One and PS4
  • Fixed a performance loss issue that could occur during the Leviathan battle
  • Performance adjustments with gore FX chunks not spawning all at once
  • Performance improvements with PFX for seagulls, fish school, and squids
  • Improved memory handling for increased stability

UI/UX
  • Made adjustments to how in game menus load. More information is loaded when opening the menu, this should decrease the amount of time needed when switching between menu tabs
  • Adjustments to UI elements to better fit UI text. This was resulting in some UI flickering
  • Fixed an issue where pop ups on the Map menu would remain and display on re-entering the menu
  • Fixed text alignment on “New Aged Reached” screen
  • Fixed an issue with Failure To Communicate tooltips appearing when player reloads save file

Gameplay
  • Fixed an improper check related to evolutions dropping that allowed a 1/32767 fail rate per drop
  • To help with this we added some retroactive unlocking that does require re-entering the map, Plover Island and Port Clovis, depending on where the drop is located
  • Fixed a trophy bug on the PS5 trophy system where trophies could queue to become stuck and not process anymore trophies for the rest of the play session
  • Any earned trophies should now be processed when entering the appropriate area of Plover Island or Port Clovis
  • Fixed an issue with registering all elements of objective completion when in non-English languages
  • Fixed an issue where a blue anti-shark shield would appear at the origin on the map
  • Fixed an issue where Scaly Pete’s boat would not appear after the base game was completed
  • Fixed an issue where some of the lights were duplicated
  • Fixed an issue where the Leviathan could stop fighting
  • Fixed an issue where Failure To Communicate objectives would not spawn all boats
  • Fixed an issue where if a helicopter was destroyed over land the health kit that would drop would fall through the terrain
  • Fixed an issue where fins would not appear on certain wildlife
  • Fixed an issue between Time Of Day and lights sometimes not matching up
  • Fixed a blend issues with Shadow Body visual FX
  • Fixed an issue where the player could stuck on a boat railing in Crawfish Bay
  • Fixed an issue where the Chase Champion quest marker might not appear after fast travel
  • Fixed an audio issue where there would no impact audio for damaging Scaly Pete’s boat in the second battle
  • Fixed an issue where cutscene music would not resume if user pressed the Xbox home button and returned to the cutscene
  • Fixed an issue during the Meet Pete cutscene with a shadow that would expand out
  • Fixed an issue where torpedoes could go through parts of the Irradiated Bone Sperm Whale and Shadow Orca
  • Fixed an issue that would allow the player to immediately break free from Leviathan’s thrash
  • Fixed an issue where the player shark might not play the proper hit animation for subsequent hits
  • Fixed an issue with fast traveling and unlocking collectibles in the region