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Rockstar releases Red Dead Redemption 2 patch - but it doesn’t work

RDR2's crashes and bugs continue, even after Rockstar's new patch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 arrived on PC yesterday, but it seems players have been experiencing some hiccups getting it up and running. Multiple RDR2 crashes have been cropping up, causing the game to exit unexpectedly and preventing players from launching it or progressing beyond the loading screen. Rockstar has now posted a patch for its Games Launcher aiming to fix this – but it seems this isn’t solving the issue for everyone.

In the patch notes, the publisher says it’s fixed a range of issues affecting the game on launching. These include the problems many people reported when Red Dead was released, such as the Launcher failing to initialise and the game itself causing the Launcher to exit unexpectedly.

However, while Rockstar says the issues are fixed, many players are reporting the opposite – that the patch has done nothing to solve the problems in question. This is also the case for PCGamesN – we installed the patch and were still unable to play the game. We have since been able to launch it, but only after rebuilding an entire PC and reinstalling its operating system. We’ll have to wait and see if Rockstar releases a further update.

If you’re keen to saddle up and want to find out more, you can check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 review-in-progress. You might also be surprised to hear that Red Dead Redemption 2 PC mods are already available!

If you have managed to play the game, you might find our Red Dead Redemption 2 rare weapons guide or our RDR2 PC cheats guide helpful.

Additional reporting by Oscar Dayus.