After picking up Dishonored 2 on sale and having it not run on my PC, I decided to start writing a short post every time I run into something like this and fix it so I can share what I find with everyone out there in the Interworld.
If you’re having problems with Dishonored 2, Bethesda recommends doing the following:
- Update your video card drivers.
- Ensure you have all of your Windows Updates.
- Verify the Steam cache.
If you’re like me, you’ve done all this, but the game still crashes. For me, the game crashed before the main menu. I reached out to Bethesda support not expecting much, but, to my surprise, they wrote back within a half hour with a fix which worked!
I’m currently using an i7-6700K Skylake CPU and 32GB of DDR4 running at 3400MHz with an ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 to run this game, so Bethesa suggested I use Nvidia GeForce Experience and force the game to run at a lower-than-native resolution (my native resolution is 2560×1440) and run in Windowed Mode. So, I used GeForce Experience to set the game to 1920×1080 in Borderless Window mode and, ta-da, it ran like a champ.
After a little more research, I’ve determined that the resolution does not seem to have any effect on the crash, however the game does not want to run in full-screen mode on my system. If you’re having a similar crash, try starting the game in Windowed Mode. That did the trick for me.
I’m hoping this might help others out there since I couldn’t find the solution. If you’re not running a Nvidia GPU and have problems loading Dishonored 2, let us know in the comments if you find a fix.
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Eric “Irk” Jacobson started using computers when he was 3 years old with an Apple IIe. He tries to be device-agnostic using all kinds of technology from all of the major players, and he loves/hates them equally in different ways. Eric Jacobson is a Public Relations and Communications Professional specializing in helping businesses, school districts, and municipalities build communications plans, engage in community feedback, and achieve their goals for success.
When not working hard, Eric’s an avid motorcyclist, a hardcore gamer, and a massive finance and statistics nerd playing the stock market and tracking his finances religiously – like, watching Fast Money and Mad Money daily on CNBC while looking at his accounts multiple times every single day and tracking every transaction he makes down to the penny (say it with me -“Obsessive, much?”).