Risk of Rain 2 has officially released for PC yesterday. However, some of the old errors have reemerged with the new patch 2 1.0 such as Risk of Rain 2 crashing on startup without error, game not launching, and occasionally both the game and the Steam client crashing. These are all errors from when the game was initially introduced. Thankfully, there are also proven fixes that can resolve these issues.
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For some users, the error only occurs when they launch the game through Steam. In such a case, you could consider using the steam-native package and install the steam-native-pcre-fix from AUR to fix the friend-list and store page that’s broken after the steam-native install.
For other users, we have a range of fix you can try. As you make your way through each solution, we suggest you launch the game and check if the error still persists.
Risk of Rain 2 | How to Fix Crashing on Startup and Not Launching Problem
Fix 1: Update the Graphics Card
If you use GeForce experience, you can directly install the update from the software. Or, you can manually download the graphics card driver from the official website of respective manufacturers. After you have downloaded the copy, double-click and follow the onscreen instructions to install the software. You can also completely uninstall the driver using any third-party tool and install the new updated driver fresh. Ideally, you would want to perform a clean install.
Fix 2: Disable the Antivirus and Reinstall the Game
If the game is crashing or not launching on Windows, it could be the antivirus or the Windows Virus and threat protection blocking some files of the game and interruption during the install process. So, first disable the antivirus you have installed and disable the Windows Virus and threat protection. Then, restart the system and reinstall the game. Check if the game work without errors.
Fix 3: Set Exclusion on Windows Virus & Threat Protection
Even when the game is working, you cannot have the security software disabled and enabling it can again cause issues. Therefore, set an exclusion on the software for Risk of Rain 2. Here are the steps for various software.
Windows Virus and Threat Protection Press Windows Key + I and select Update and SecurityGo to Windows Security and click on Virus & threat protectionUnder Virus & threat protection settings, click on Manage settingsScroll down to locate Exclusions, click on Add or remove exclusionsFollow the on-screen instructions and add exclusion to Risk of Rain 2 folder installed on your PC. Kaspersky Internet Security
Home >> Settings >> Additional >> Threats and Exclusions >> Exclusions >> Specify Trusted Applications >> Add
Home >> Settings >> Components >> Web Shield >> Exceptions >> Set the exception
Home >> Settings >> General >> Exclusions >> Set the exclusion
Fix 4: Ensure Game Uses Dedicated Graphics Card
Risk of Rain 2 crashing on startup or not launching can be caused when the game is not using the dedicated GPU. Players on laptop or those who have two graphics card on their system encounter this issue. To fix the issue, ensure that the game uses the dedicated or the best graphics card on the system. For Nvidia user, open the NVIDIA Control panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Program Settings > Select the program – Risk of Rain 2 > select High-performance NVIDIA processor. Click Apply to save the changes and exit. AMD users can do the same through the Radeon Settings.
Fix 5: Contact Support
If nothing else has worked so far, your last hope is writing to the developers about your problem. The email address you want to send the mail is contact
Hopefully, the above fixes have helped you address the Risk of Rain 2 crashing on startup or not launching problem. If you have more effective solutions you can drop them in the comment.
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