Dishonored 2 officially launches tomorrow(about time, am I right?!), November 11, but any of those who pre-ordered the game will able to begin playing today. However, sadly, for all those who’re looking forward to play it on their PC, the game seems to be suffering from some severe issues. PC players can’t seem to catch a break!
The game’s official Steam page has already been flooded with negative reviews describing a plethora of game breaking problems, ranging right from low or unstable frame rates to instantaneously blurry graphics to even mouse sensitivity related hardware issues. Many of these people mentioned that the game itself is fun but advise most other prospective buyers others to stay away until Bethesda and Arkane deliver an update patch which addresses and fixes all of these issues.
Both the companies have openly acknowledged these issues through all the negative feedback, both on their Twitter and Steam’s forums. On the latter, you’ll also find a list of suggestions posted by players to help get the game run smoothly, if you’re willing to put in the effort. Most of these are the more obvious things, like ensuring that your Windows and your graphics card drivers are updated to the current latest version.
It further suggests that you avoid Alt-tabbing out of the game; only play on a resolution as high as 1440p even if you have a “very high-end GPU,” such as a GTX 1070/1080 or anything equivalent to it; keep v-sync enabled and set the game’s adaptive resolution option to between 50 percent and 75 percent if your framerate is stuck under 30 FPS.
When it comes to the specific visual settings, it is also recommended that you use the auto presets. If even that doesn’t resolve performance issues, then first try deactivating the TXAA anti-aliasing feature and scaling down the texture details.
These suggestions also mention to shy away from any of the “High, Very High, and Ultra” settings if you own a rig thats on the lower end of the specs range. Ultra settings should only and only be used by those with hardware that “far exceed[s]” Dishonored 2’s listed recommended specs.
For now, refrain from buying the new Dishonored in case you haven’t already, be a little patient and wait for an update or a fix.