Atlas Fallen, the action RPG title from Deck13 and Focus Entertainment is finally out now on PC and consoles. The title has launched with mixed reception, and while the PC port runs fine for the most, there are some technical issues, especially with performance. If you’re running into the Atlas Fallen crash at launch issue, here are a few recommendations to address that.
Verify Game Files
As always, the first thing you want to do is to make sure your game files are in order. This ensures that nothing went wrong during the download or installation process. Steam will redownload whatever is corrupt or missing to avoid any stability issues.
- Open Steam and navigate to your library
- Right-click on Atlas Fallen in your library
- Click Properties
- Select the Installed Files tab
- Click on Verify Integrity of game files
Update GPU Drivers
Please make sure that you have the latest GPU drivers installed, especially if you haven’t updated those in a while. Multiple fixes for newer titles are released in these, and it’s a good idea to update drivers whenever possible.
You can get the latest ones from the links below.
Update Your Windows
The developers have recommended that you update your Windows version as well to avoid any issues.
- In Windows Search, type “Update”, and click on Check for Updates
- This will take you to the Windows Update section, and you can make sure you are on the latest version
Opt-Out of Windows Insider Preview Build
Based on the recommendation of the developers, Atlas Fallen might not be fully compatible with the latest Windows Insider Preview Build version. It is recommended to launch the game after opting out of it.
- Right-click on the Windows Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program.
- Click on the Stop Insider Preview builds button.
- Right-click on the Windows Start button > Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program.
- Click on Stop getting preview builds.
Add an Exception to Your Anti-Virus
It’s a good idea to check if your anti-virus software is flagging Atlas Fallen as a threat. While uncommon, this can be one of the reasons the game is crashing at launch. Simply add the game’s folder to the exceptions/exclusions list to see if that’s the case.
We have listed some popular ones and their respective FAQ pages.
- Windows Defender
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- Avast Antivirus
- AVG Antivirus
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus
- Webroot SecureAnywhere
- McAfee Antivirus (Steam Support guide)
Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables
Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.
Switch to dedicated GPU (Laptop Users)
If you are trying to play Atlas Fallen on a laptop, it’s possible that your main GPU isn’t being utilized. To ensure that’s the case, make sure to switch to the dedicated GPU device.
Switching to the dedicated Nvidia GPU
- First, open the Nvidia Control Panel
- Then navigate to 3D Settings and then Manage 3D Settings
- Open the tab Program Settings and choose Atlas Fallen from the dropdown menu
- Next, select the preferred graphics processor for this program from the second dropdown.
- Your Nvidia GPU should show as High-performance Nvidia processor
- Save the changes
Switching to the dedicated AMD GPU
- First, open Radeon Settings
- Then navigate to Preferences, followed by Additional Settings
- Here, select Power and then Switchable Graphics Application Settings
- Select Atlas Fallen from the list of applications
- If Atlas Fallen isn’t in the list, click the Add Application button and select the executable from the installation directory. This adds the game to the list, and you’ll be able to select it afterward.
- In Graphics Settings, assign the High-Performance profile to the game
We hope this guide helped fix the Atlas Fallen crash at launch issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.