Dishonored 2 launched on PC last week as an unoptimized mess, plagued with numerous performance issues. Bethesda has today released a patch for the game that attempts to resolve a small section of these problems, beginning the process of bringing the game up to the standards PC gamers expect.
The patch, which brings the game up to version 1.1, addresses three specific issues:
- Mouse improvements, including a fix for sensitivity being framerate dependent
- Fixes an AMD cloth physics issue, which impacts framerates at various points in the game
- Fixes an issue affecting CPU task priority - the game no longer switches CPU task priority
As you might have noticed, general issues with performance have not been completely resolved in this patch. Bethesda says that performance issues will be addressed "over time", and a "broader range of issues including performance" will be resolved in Update 1.2, which Bethesda hopes to release next week.
However, Bethesda does suggest that Nvidia users update their graphics card drivers to version 375.95, while driver version 16.10.2 is recommended for AMD users.
Reports from users on Reddit are varying, with some gamers (particularly those with AMD cards) reporting promising performance improvements, and others seeing no changes whatsoever. Hopefully further patches will improve the performance to a greater extent.
If you want to try out the latest Dishonored 2 update, you'll have to join the game's beta program on Steam, as the update is currently still in beta. This can be done by right-clicking on Dishonored 2 in your Steam library, selecting Properties → Betas, then selecting BetaPatch in the drop-down menu.