How to fix the Ghostwire Tokyo Crash at launch issue on PC

Ghostwire Tokyo is an action-adventure game from Tango Gameworks, and Bethesda Games. The title was revealed back in 2019 and is now out on PC, PS4, and PS5. It was met with positive reception from critics, and the open world has been praised in almost every review. The PC version has a lot of options to tinker around with and supports many performance enhancement techniques. It still isn’t technically perfect though, like many other Unreal Engine 4 titles, it suffers from stuttering problems. If you are running into the Ghostwire Tokyo Crash at launch issue, here are a few things you can try to fix that.

Fixing the Ghostwire Tokyo Crash at launch issue

Crashes at launch, or during the first few screens are pretty common with new releases. It’s usually some corrupted/missing files, missing prerequisites, or outdated drivers. Some users have reported these crashes for Ghostwire Tokyo as well, and here are a few things you can do to fix this problem.

Verify Game Files

Steam lets you verify files to redownload and install potentially corrupted or missing files. It isn’t uncommon to have this problem due to internet, or storage issues. To verify your files on Steam, follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Ghostwire Tokyo in your library and then click Properties
Properties of Steam games
Properties
  • Now, in the LOCAL FILES tab, and after that select Verify Integrity of local files…
You can verify the integrity of game files to potentially fix the Ghostwire Tokyo Crash at launch issue
Verify Game Files

This will verify and download the files. Try launching the game after the process has finished.

Epic Games Launcher

You can verify files in Epic Games Launcher as well.

  • Open your Library in the launcher
  • Now, click on the three dots next to Ghostwire Tokyo
  • Click on the Verify button
Just like Steam, Epic Games Launcher allows you to verify files as well
Verify files in Epic Games Launcher

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version. You can download these from the links below, and install using executables.

Manually update your GPU Drivers

Outdated GPU drivers can potentially cause issues with newer releases. Ghostwire Tokyo’s game-ready drivers are now out for NVIDIA and AMD, and it’s a good time to upgrade those.

Disable Steam Overlay

While most modern titles don’t have issues with the Steam Overlay, it’s possible that Ghostwire might be running into it at your end. Try disabling the overlay, and see if that makes a difference. It’s one of the recommendations on the support page for the title.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Ghostwire Tokyo in your library and click Properties
  • In the GENERAL tab, uncheck “Enable the Steam Overlay while In-Game
Disabling Steam overlay can lead to a more stable experience in Ghostwire Tokyo
Disable Steam Overlay

Run Ghostwire Tokyo as an administrator

At times, Windows can be a bit picky over certain executables. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to set Ghostwire’s privileges to admin. It’s pretty simple, and you can do so by following the steps below.

  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Here, right-click on Ghostwire Tokyo
  • Click Manage and then select Browse local files
You can browse local Steam files through the library
Browse local files
  • This will take you to the location Ghostwire Tokyo is installed in
  • Right-click on ghostwiretokyo.exe and then select Properties
  • After that click the Compatibility tab
  • In this tatb, you want to check “Run this program as an administrator
Running the game as an admin can potentially fix the Ghostwire Tokyo Crash at launch issue
Run this program as an admin

Add an exception to your anti-virus software

There is a chance that your anti-virus software might be conflicting with Ghostwire Tokyo. It’s best to add an exception/exclusion to see if that makes a difference.

We have listed some popular ones and their respective FAQ pages for exclusions.

Update your Windows

Ensure that you are on the latest version of Windows. This has become pretty essential for many modern PC titles, and many users are still on fairly older versions.

  • 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
Ensuring that the Windows is updated can lead to a smoother experience in newer titles
Windows Update

If you found another solution, please let us know in the comments below. We will add that to the list, and credit you appropriately.

We hope this guide helped fix the Ghostwire Tokyo Crash at launch issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
Gaming enthusiast, massive soulsborne fan, and a passionate writer. Always on the lookout for interesting games with unique mechanics and design. He loves to write informative guides for newer and ongoing releases.

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