Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is now unplayable due to a recent Windows 11 update released by Microsoft. The specific update in question, KB5023774, will stop any player with Red Dead Redemption 2 installed from launching the game. This applies to the Rockstar Games Launcher version. Both Windows 11 and Red Dead 2 have seen big growth in recent months so it is affecting keen players of the game.
Microsoft’s official documentation site lists “Red Dead Redemption 2 might not open” as a known issue. The status is currently “Investigating”. It was first acknowledged on March 27th and their last update was on March 28th. Here’s further information from their webpage:
“After installing KB5023774 or later updates, Red Dead Redemption 2 might not open. When attempting to open it from the Rockstar Games Launcher by selecting the “Play” button, it will switch to “Loading”, but Red Dead Redemption 2 might not open, and the button will revert to Play.”
A fix for the issue
Microsoft say there is a temporary fix. If you play RDR2 on the Rockstar Games Launcher and use Windows 11, it is recommended you update your operating system.
“Workaround: To mitigate this issue, you can upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2. If you are interested in moving to Windows 11, version 22H2, open Windows Update settings and select Check for updates. If your device is ready, you will see the option to Download and install.”
Rockstar and Microsoft team up
In addition to the workaround, Microsoft say there are some “Next steps” which are being taken. It reads “Microsoft and Rockstar Games are investigating and will provide more information when it is available.”
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