Watch Dogs 2 PC issues: low FPS rate, game crashes, and more

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
Former Managing Editor
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The wait is finally over! Watch Dogs 2 is now available on PC, after a long two week wait. Windows PC owners can finally get their hands on the game and play as Marcus, a brilliant young hacker. Gamers can now join the most notorious hacker group, DedSec, and do their best to execute the biggest hack of history.

Watch Dogs 2 fans initially complained about Ubisoft’s decision to delay the PC release of the game. As we already showed you, delaying the Watch Dogs 2 PC release was actually a wise decision, taking into account all the issues reported by Xbox One players.

In this manner, Ubisoft bought more time to optimize the game and add some cool new features. However, judging by gamers’ reports, Watch Dogs 2 still needs more optimization on PC.

Watch Dogs 2 PC bugs

As always, before purchasing Watch Dogs 2, make sure your computer meets the system requirements for this game. Second, don’t forget to update your computer’s drivers. We recommend this third-party tool (100% safe and tested by us) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.

Unfortunately, even after performing these two checks, you may still encounter some game bugs, as players report.

1. Low FPS

Gamers report that Watch Dogs 2 has an abnormal low FPS rate even on high-end computers. Players are sure this bug is caused by the game itself and request that Ubisoft fixes this problem as soon as possible.

Low FPS with a high-end computer.
I don’t want/need acceptance by posting my 1337 specs, I just know that my computer should be able to play this game at a decent frame rate but does not. Hopefully, developers fix this shizznit and make it better. 🙁

2. Watch Dogs 2 freezes when gamers move the camera

Many players also complain about game freezes and stutters. More specifically, when they move the camera, Watch Dogs 2 simply freezes for a couple of seconds. Lowering the settings doesn’t solve this issue.

This is very strange. The game seems to be fine until I move the camera and it completely freezes/stutters for a second. Tried lowering all settings to low and it’s still doing it. It’s running at over 100fps, but almost instantly freezes when I move the camera. Anyone else experiancing this?
I’m on the newest drivers from Nvidia. Specs are i7 4790k, 16gb, GTX 970, Win 10

3. LaunchError DotLocal Dll Redirection Detected

This error is plaguing many Watch Dogs 2 fans, preventing them from launching the game. Apparently, this error is caused by a conflict with EasyAntiCheat. Watch Dogs 2 uses Denuvo, but Ubisoft guarantees that this feature doesn’t affect the game’s stability. For the time being, there is no workaround available to solve this problem.

4.  Watch Dogs 2 won’t launch

When players try to launch the game, a small Watch Dogs 2 image appears in the middle of the screen. After a few seconds, the game closes, although the Task Manager confirms that Uplay Launched is still running.

The game shows the small screen of Watch Dogs 2 in the middle. Then it closes and Steam shows it’s not running. I check my task manager and it says Uplay launcher is running but nothing is happening. Help please!

5. Watch Dogs 2 crashes at the first mission

Other players have been luckier and managed to launch the game. Unfortunately, they can’t enjoy a smooth gaming experience because Watch Dogs 2 crashes at the first mission. More specifically, the game crashes when players need to access the computer in the room with all of the monitors.

As you can see, despite Ubisoft’s best efforts, Watch Dogs 2 is still affected by many issues on PC. For the time being, there are no workarounds available to fix these problems. However, taking into account the huge number of bug reports, Ubisoft should soon roll out a patch to fix at least some of these bugs.

Have you installed Watch Dogs 2 on your PC? Use the comment section below to tell us more about your experience.


  • i found that when i disconnected my 2nd screen from my PC the game could perform well.
    if you have more than 1 monitor connected to your computer, try disconnecting it.

    (i did not play on the multiscreen setting, i only had the second screen connected. also my PC meets all the recommended requirements for the game.)

  • my i7 6700k + 1070 gtx can only run this game in 1080 at medium settings anything higher below 40fps, meanwhile gta5 with everything maxt out +90 fps

  • One pro consoles have over PCs is they don’t have these gpu driver issues.

    I have Overwatch and Battlefield 1 installed which work fine with my Nvidia 980 ti on driver 375.70 released this 10/16, but Watch Dogs 2 is getting really low FPS around the teens.

    I upgrade my nvidia driver to the latest recommended for Watch Dogs 2 and it works great. But now Overwatch, Battlefield1, and a whole bunch of other games don’t work. Ugh….i spent like 2k on this stupid rig and all the problems come from software issues.

    • I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with your rig. I have a 7000$ rig with 3xGTX1080 (tripple SLI) 64 GB DDR4, and I run the same nVidia driver you do, and I hesitate to update to the latest nVidia driver, as I’ve heard it breaks compatibility with a bunch of other games (including BF), doesn’t work well on latest nVidia driver.
      Have you gotten any further with this? I’d love to hear if you’ve had any progress!
      Thank you for your comment – that made me certain nothing is wrong with my rig and my BIOS settings, etc.

  • I’m upset because I have been waiting for this for 2 months now, but I cannot buy it because I do not have access to broadband where I currently live. I have also checked five retailers in my area and none of them are carrying it.????

  • Regarding point 3, LaunchError DotLocal Dll Redirection Detected, it’s an incompatibility issue with NOD32 and a full system reboot usually helps. For the longer term, EasyAntiCheat is expecting to be able to provide a fix during this week still.