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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Launch Leaves Players in Tombstone

  • The Good: Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally come to PC.
  • The Bad: Widespread reports of every issue you don’t want in a AAA release.
  • And The Ugly: Rockstar’s “It’s not us, it’s you” approach angers gamers.

Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC for many was to be an Ecstasy of Gold moment. As players installed the game on their rigs for the first time, ready to take on the role of Arthur Morgan and participate in his adventures through the Wild West, I can almost envision the sound of the string instruments setting in. The triumphant singing, and at the peak of the song, when their game was fully installed, it was finally time to press play and emerge into the ultimate outlaw experience.


Instead, what they got was like trying to sit through a showing of The Ridiculous 6. Rockstar’s highly anticipated PC launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 should’ve gone off without a hitch, and gone down as a celebrated moment in the Fall gaming season. Widespread issues have made the launch one of the messiest in the company’s history, perhaps even surpassing the early days of Grand Theft Auto IV on PC. If you can think of a potential problem, someone is having it somewhere right now. The most common issues are freezes, crashes to the desktop, stuttering no matter how high or low the graphics are, and even some mentions of high-pitched audio issues where it sounds like nails on a chalkboard in the background.

It’s not uncommon for games to have launch day issues, and unfortunately, it’s often the PC versions of these games that suffer the most from it. As previously reported, persisting problems with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign still have yet to be properly addressed on PC, leaving fans scrambling for self-fixes. The same has been true here, with fans working tirelessly to try to get the game they paid hard-earned money for into a playable state. While Rockstar Games are working on official fixes of their own, some of the initial responses have earned backlash themselves. When reports of the crashing were first mentioned, Rockstar put out a list of troubleshooting tips. 


Unfortunately, a lot of these tips come across in a way that can be seen as not taking the issue seriously, answering in ways that seem like they’re saying “It’s not us, it’s you.” When you tell people to make sure they have the latest updates or assuming their anti-virus software is the cause of their problems, that is exactly how it comes across considering the overwhelming majority of gamers understand their setups better than a blanket troubleshooting statement. Rockstar isn’t the only company to do this, I just wish they’d be more careful with their wording. At least add in a mention within the troubleshooting tips maybe. Are you one of the many people plagued by the Day 1 issues of Red Dead Redemption on PC? Or are you one of the lucky ones living the life of an outlaw? Let us know down below.