If you have been noticing a heightened core drain while playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, you are not alone - and your PC being too powerful may be to blame!
After an investigation by members of the Red Dead Redemption 2 community, it appears your core drain may be linked to your framerate... and be an apparent bug.
This whole investigative process is the fruit of Reddit user Jimmyoneshot's efforts.
Cores control many of Arthur's stats and capabilities in Red Dead Redemption 2 and are essential for gameplay and the light survival elements. Unfortunately, due to the apparent bug, the rate at which Cores are drained on PC is linked directly to the current framerate at which the PC is running the game. The higher the FPS, the quicker the drain.
This is an issue on higher-end PCs where players can run the game at framerates above 60 FPS with ease. RDR2 being smoother also makes it harder to play since all your cores are depleting and Arthur loses weight too fast. Jimmyoneshot ran a number of tests which involved changing graphics settings, thus altering average FPS, and comparing core drain. The error was proven and could be produced, so it is clearly a bug.
With the rocky launch Red Dead Redemption 2 went through already, this newest (apparent) bug isn't great news. Since the discovery was made, fans have been sharing it across the internet in the hopes of getting some kind of official response from Rockstar Games. While that hasn't arrived yet, we are hoping this bug will be addressed in the upcoming major patch that was announced with the intention of fixing the remaining issues on PC.