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Dishonored 2 has performance issues on PC, Arkane investigating

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No time frame on when they’ll be fixed

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Arkane Studios, the developer behind Dishonored 2, is currently investigating reports of major performance issues facing players on Windows PC.

Co-creative director of the studio, Harvey Smith, tweeted that they were aware of the complaints PC users had about gameplay performance and low frame rates.

On the game’s subreddit, PC users have reported issues with the game’s frame rate, even when running on the higher end hardware specs that Arkane recommended for the game. One player noted that in the Windows task manager, the game kept changing its performance level to low, with the game “stutter[ing] every two seconds.”

Smith said Arkane is looking into the complaints players are sending in, but couldn’t offer a time frame for a fix. When asked if the patch — which is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users, but not PC players — would fix the issue, Smith said that most of what console users are getting in the day-one patch was already built into the PC version of the game.

Although there doesn’t seem to be any kind of permanent solution for the problems affecting PC users right now, some have suggested that the issue stems from TXAA anti-aliasing technology.

One player in particular noted that even while running the game on an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, a high-end card that should run the game no problem, having TXAA enabled took a toll on the game. Even in low detail, they added, that made the game feel like it was chugging.

Arkane is looking into every possible avenue, according to Smith, as is publisher Bethesda Softworks. Polygon has reached out to Bethesda for more information.

Dishonored 2 comes out tomorrow for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.