Dishonored 2 has been released, and to great fanfare, but there seems to be a few slight performance issues with the release version. While our own testing will get underway very soon, guidance has been posted in the Launch FAQ that gives tips on how to squeeze our every last bit of performance. In short? Lower the settings.

Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 performs poorly, but Bethesda says too bad

Theses recommendations come just moments after the release, urging players to simply turn down the settings and graphical effects. They say that the game is quite demanding and that they are working to optimize it in future patches, though these bandaid fixes should be sufficient for now. Check out what they’re saying will solve most problems until they can investigate it further in-depth.

General recommendations:

  • Avoid using Alt-Tab when playing. Relaunch the game if you see performance dropping after using Alt-tab.
  • Avoid having background applications running in addition to the game.

Video Settings:

  • If you have performance issues, try lowering the resolution. Use 1440p resolution only if you have a very high-end GPU ( GTX 1070/1080 or equivalent)
  • Keep the V-Sync activated, especially if you have large framerate fluctuations.
  • If you have framerate under 30 fps, adjust the “Adaptive Resolution” between minimum (50%) and default value (75%).

Advanced Settings:

  • Use the “Auto” presets: this should adjust your visual settings without impacting your framerate.
  • If you still have performance issues with “Auto” presets, try deactivating the “TXAA Anti-Aliasing” and/or lowering the texture details.