Red Dead Redemption 2 released on Steam yesterday and it looks like Rockstar Games has made little to no efforts to improve the title since its Epic and Rockstar launch.


The game is struggling to maintain 60 FPS on PC and suffers from random crashes, black screens, and much more. The PC port has mixed reviews on Steam right now and it only has 20K players on Steam at the time of this writing, for a Rockstar AAA game that is unusually low. Comparatively GTA 5, the game that release years ago on Steam, still has over 100K players at the time of this writing.

Optimization is not the only issue with Red Dead Redemption 2. Here are some of the most annoying issues with Red Dead Redemption 2 on Steam.

  • Game opens Rockstar Launcher but doesn’t recognize your RDR 2 purchase
  • Rockstar Games Launcher fails to launch
  • Crashing on launch
  • If Rockstar thinks you don’t meet min-specs (even if you do), you are locked out of changing graphical settings
  • Rockstar Launcher doesn’t verify your Steam email to link-up

Rockstar Games had a month to deal with these issues and fix Red Dead Redemption 2. But it is quite clear Rockstar Games need more time to deal with it. In its current stat Red Dead Redemption 2’s Steam version isn’t worth buying, says one user on Steam.

Rockstar Games hasn’t released any statements regarding the game’s optimization issues and Rockstar Launcher problems.