Rockstar has dropped the first patch for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. Update v1.0.9.164 takes aim the various crash to desktop and failure to launch issues which have been plaguing many users. 

Issues which are allegedly tackled include the "Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize” bug, a broken decryption process, and an error which crashes back to desktop which spits out the message “The Rockstar Games launcher exited unexpectedly”.

I say allegedly because I’ve been stuck with the “Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly” and I have been unable to play Red Dead Redemption 2 since launch. This patch has done precisely nothing to change that and RDR2 still fails to launch. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Patch v1.0.9.164

[November 5, 2019] General / Miscellaneous 

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error "The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize" on startup
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher preload decryption getting stuck and not completing
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error "The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly" when launching Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in crashes when starting the Rockstar Games Launcher from the Epic Games Launcher
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error "Unable to launch game, please verify your game data" when launching Red Dead Redemption 2 from the Epic Games Launcher

For anyone who’s bravely picked up Red Dead 2 early on PC, have you had any luck running the game? Has this patch sorted out any issues for you? Let us know below!