Arkane is ‘actively investigating’ Deathloop stuttering on PC

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Critical response to Deathloop has been almost unanimous: it has an 88% overall score on Metacritic, including 89% of reviews from our side. Still overall user rating Steam It’s “mixed,” with only 64% of the more than 2,400 user reviews coming in as “positive.”

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reason? Most of the negative reviews on Steam complain of stuttering during gameplay. What’s causing the stutter isn’t clear, but that hasn’t stopped a lot of theories from circulating on Steam: this man Went in depth on why they believe this is a problem with memory write access errors, and of course a lot of players blame it on the presence of Denuvo DRM.

Whatever the reason, it has helped generate 1,261 negative reviews on Steam so far, which is 35% of the current total. It’s hard to say exactly how many PC players are experiencing this: Our own analysis of the best settings for Deathloop didn’t cause stuttering when we tested the game across multiple PC and hardware configurations. For those affected, the good news is that Arkane is digging in.


“While those burgers sound great, with regards to performance we are aware of reports that some PC users are experiencing stuttering problems in Deathloop,” Bethesda community manager Andre Carlos wrote in response to a joke post reddit About the problems with Deathloop’s insanely good looking burgers. “We are actively investigating this issue right now as a priority, and will update you with more specific information as soon as possible.”

(To be fair, those are some good looking burgers.)

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(image credit: Arkane Studios)

Arkane’s last major release, Dishonored 2, also drew criticism for technical issues when it launched in 2016. The AMD card struggled more than the Nvidia, but it suffered from issues across the board, including poor scaling between various visual quality settings and lackluster. Support for multiple GPUs. Owners of high-end Nvidia cards were generally fine, but we advised AMD users to wait until Arcane patched in some performance improvements.

No further details or possible solutions have been offered, and as far as I can tell there have been no updates since the message was posted. We said in our review that it’s easy enough to hit “smooth frame rates at 1080p at the proper settings on the right hardware,” though 4K is a different matter: even a GeForce RTX 3080 scored only 53fps at Ultra settings. can keep. This stutter appears to be unrelated to video settings, however, as several Steam reviews claim it occurs regardless of resolution settings and across a wide range of hardware, including fairly high-end cards.

I’ve reached out to Bethesda to ask about any updates to the situation, and will update myself if I get an answer. In the meantime, if you’re looking to improve your own personal performance in Deathloop, be sure to take a look at our guide on when and where to find each of the game’s visionaries.

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