Red Dead Redemption 2 being released on PC was a momentous occasion, marking the first time any game from the franchise was launched on the platform. It was also notoriously troubled. The launch was known for its crashes, bugs and errors, but Rockstar has quickly swooped in to fix things up.
In spite of a lengthy pre-load period allowing fans to start downloading the 150 GB game early, many weren't able to play at launch. Issues with the Rockstar Games Launcher, crashes, validation problems and a recurring "Red Dead Redemption 2 has exited unexpectedly" error prevented players from even reaching the loading screen - and when they did, that sometimes went on for eternity.
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However, quickly after these errors became widely known, Rockstar announced that they were aware of the issues and working on fixes already. A patch was released soon after for both the game and the Rockstar Games Launcher, fixing several crashes and errors.
While most of the common problems were solved, there are still some issues with Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC and a relatively large swath of players still cannot enjoy the game in a stable manner. Certain crashes and infinite loading screens may be encountered.
Rockstar has acknowledged the troubles surrounding the game's release and the frustration it has caused fans eager to experience the journey of Arthur Morgan on PC. One of the main non-crash related concerns has been a stuttering bug, particularly noticeable on configurations running Nvidia GPUs. The company is working closely with Nvidia to sort those issues out with a major, comprehensive fix set to be rolled out in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Rockstar wants to express their gratitude towards fans holding out during these trying times - really, you just maybe can't play a game for a day or two - by giving all players some free in-game rewards. All players who spend time in Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC starting now, all the way through the holiday season, will receive a care package including ammo, consumables and the Prieto Poncho in Red Dead Online.