We are still working hard to put out a patch tonight that should address the server browser crash along with a few other issues we've seen and had reported to us.
But for more on that, read the previous announcement. As of a few hours ago, Steam should now auto run the UE3redist file that the game needs. If you still find the game not launching you may need to download the latest version of the DirectX auto installer:
Direct X 9.0c[www.microsoft.com]
We are currently hunting the culprit(s) of poor performance that some are reporting. We have a few early leads that we are following up on with our partners in the industry, but there are a few steps you can take a few things you should know!
1) Do you run security software, such as an anti virus and/or firewall?
If so, it may be effecting your in game performance (and cause lag in a server environment)! What you need to do is tell your security software to ignore RO 2, especially if you are running an active security scanner. To find instructions for this, please consult the manual/website (or google) of the security software you use. You may see large performance benefits out of this.
2) Do you have the latest drivers for your video card (or other hardware devices)?
If not, please install them. RO 2 is optimized and tested on the latest drivers. If you have not done a clean graphics driver install in awhile, I would strongly suggest it (un-install the old drivers completely, run a driver sweeping program, and reinstall the latest).
Now the following is NOT recommended, but we have seen several people ask about it. The unreal engine tries to smooth out your frame rate for a more consistent experience. You can change those settings. In ROEngine.ini you can change up the following settings:
Also important is your in game settings menu. In RO 2, you will find many settings have an ultra option. They really mean ULTRA. For example the difference between shadows on high and ultra may be as much as 20 FPS (it does real time shadows on nearly everything!). So while you play around in the settings, remember your computer may not handle ultra, or even high.
To those who still have strong computers but notice strange frame rate behavior we will be looking for information from you.