Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC – fixing the Exited Unexpectedly error

The Red Dead Redemption series is perhaps the second biggest game published by Rockstar, after the Grand Theft Auto franchise, of course. The launch of the first game back in 2010 was met warmly by gamers from all around the world, but unfortunately, Rockstar chose to only launch the game on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the time. Years passed and Rockstar listened to their fans, so they finally released Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC.


However, just like most games that are released for PC, sometimes the so-called “Day one” bugs / errors appear. 

One of the core problems of the game are sky high requirements for high frame rate gameplay.

The most common issue with the game is the “Exited Unexpectedly” error, which simply ends it upon launching. Rockstar quickly took notice of this and rushed  to find the cause of the problem. The official answer is that the most likely cause of the error are outdated video card drivers.

Fixing the problem

If gamers manage to update their video card drivers but the problem still persists, Rockstar suggests the following steps:

-Open Rockstar’s Games Launcher

-Click on Settings and then pick Red Dead Redemption 2 under the “My installed games” tab

-Select “Open under View Installation Folder”

-Right click on Red Dead Redemption 2 and then open the Properties menu

-Go to the Compatibility tab and mark the “Run this Program as an Administrator” option and also make sure to disable full screen optimization, and then click ok.

-Go back to the Games Menu in the Rockstar Games Launcher and launch the game

If the error continues to manifest, it might be because of the user’s antivirus software: go to the settings of the antivirus software that you are using and add Red Dead Redemption 2 to the whitelist.


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