How to fix Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug

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Wondering how to fix the Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug? You've come to the right place. Season 3 Reloaded is well underway and despite the patch notes containing a wealth of Warzone 2 bug fixes, several players are experiencing this hugely frustrating issue before dropping into the action.

This particular bug first appeared following the launch of the battle royale and despite the best efforts of Infinity Ward and Raven Software, players are still suffering from the shader optimization stuck bug. Thankfully, we've got some potential fixes to get you back into the action.

Before we take a closer look at the Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug, check out our guides showcasing the current meta and the best ranked play loadouts for competitive play.

What is the Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug?

This particular bug is usually a one-off occurrence. Shaders aim to make your game look as good as possible with the hardware of your system but there are occasions where the process of optimising them stalls.

Thankfully, there are a handful of solutions you can utilise to overcome the bug and load back into Warzone 2 as fast as possible.

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How to fix Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug

  • Restart Warzone 2
  • If the issue still occurs, head to the 'Settings' tab.
  • Select 'Display' and click on the 'Restart Shaders Optimization' option
  • If that doesn't work, verify the game files to see if there are any corrupt files

As a last resort, a full reinstall of Warzone 2 is required. Although it's a lengthy process, a reinstall will address any file corruption and stop the bug once and for all.

What causes the Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug?


The exact cause of this particular bug revolves around the Warzone 2 shaders. When loading the game, it will attempt to apply shaders to improve graphical fidelity. But, with several shaders to install, there's always a chance the process gets stuck.

Infinity Ward and Raven Software haven't applied an official bug fix for this particular issue but if you follow the above steps, you'll be dropping into Al Mazrah and Ashika Island in no time at all.

There you have it, that's how to fix the Warzone 2 shader optimization stuck bug. For more, check out our other guides showcasing the ranked play rewards and the best AR for mid-range combat.

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