Bethesda release recommendations for those with Dishonored 2 technical issues

Rats eat frames-per-second as well as people, you know.

Update November 10, 2016: Bethesda have released some recommendations to help people overcome Dishonored 2’s performance issues. 

Arkane’s stealth sequel is suffering a spate of negative Steam reviews based on the game being a bit of a mess, technically. I’ve personally played around six hours and haven’t experienced any issues, so it seems purely anecdotal, though there’s clearly a split if you look at Steam.

For the sake of clarity, I’m running it on a GTX 1070, 16GB RAM and an Intel Core i5 4440, at 1440p.

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If you’re one of the unlucky ones though, you might be looking for a fix. Hopefully some of these suggestions from Bethesda reduce any issues you might be having.

Here they are, via

General recommendations

  • Avoid using Alt-Tab when playing. Relaunch the game if you see performance dropping after using Alt-tab.
  • Avoid having background applications running in addition to the game.

Video Settings

  • If you have performance issues, try lowering the resolution.
    • Use 1440p resolution only if you have a very high-end GPU ( GTX 1070/1080 or equivalent)
  • Keep the V-Sync activated, especially if you have large framerate fluctuations.
  • If you have framerate under 30 fps, adjust the “Adaptive Resolution” between minimum (50%) and default value (75%).

Advanced Settings

  • Use the “Auto” presets: this should adjust your visual settings without impacting your framerate.
  • If you still have performance issues with “Auto” presets:
    • Try deactivating the “TXAA Anti-Aliasing”
    • Try lowering the texture details

Original Story November 10, 2016: It seems all is not well with Dishonored 2 on PC, with hundreds of negative reviews on Steam complaining of poor optimisation and performance.

The top-rated commenter summarises his view as “poorly optimised release for an otherwise seemingly fantastic game”, which is fairly typical of the kind of comment you’ll see. The game is now sitting on a disappointing 62% rating, thanks almost entirely to technical issues.

Common complaints include a big frame rate dip in busy areas within the city of Karnaca, blurry visuals and random spasms in mouse sensitivity. I read through a bunch of complaints to see if I could pick out any patterns, and while users with AMD cards or Nvidia GTX 970s seem to be having more trouble, there are posts from people with all kinds of rigs, up to and including GTX 1080s.

(If you’re an AMD user having problems, note that a bunch of new drivers were just released for you, so check them out and let us know if they fix anything.)

And yet, for our part, it ran smooth on our test rig. With so many of you having problems, we updated our port review with a second test on a lower-spec machine, but could again find no significant issues – read about our experiences here.

It’s not yet clear if all these issues have any consistent cause. If you’re running a similar spec to either of the machines we used, we tentatively suggest that you’ll be OK, but if you’re unsure, it may be best to hold off on Dishonored 2 until there’s a patch or two. Arkane are on the case, as co-creative director Harvey Smith announced on Twitter:

We’ll let you know if and when they or Bethesda release a more detailed statement.