How to fix the Life is Strange Remastered Crash at launch issue on PC

Life is Strange Remastered Collection contains the first Life is Strange game, as well as the prequel title Before the Storm. Both games have been remastered into a collection with better animations, lighting, character models, and environments. The collection is now available on a variety of platforms including PC via Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X. A Switch version is also in the works but has been delayed to later this year. PC players that are running into the Life is Strange Remastered Crash at launch issue can try the following suggestions to get into the game.

Last year, we saw another entry in the franchise called True Colors. The title was a hit and was received well by both critics, and fans. It’s safe to say that the Life is Strange series is here to stay, and we can’t wait to see what the developers have planned for it.

Fixing the Life is Strange Remastered Crash at launch

For the most part, the PC port is solid, but with any new release, there are some users that run into issues. One of the more common problems is the game not launching at all, or where it runs into a crash during launch. This has also been reported for this collection. Here are a few things we recommend if you are running into the problem as well.

Verify Game Files

The first thing you want to try to ensure is that all the game files are in order. Usually, during the download, or installation process, there can be potential issues. These can be tied to your internet connection or even the disk. To verify your game files on Steam, follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Life is Strange or Before the Storm in your library and click Properties
  • Now, in the LOCAL FILES tab, select Verify Integrity of local files…
Verifying local files can potentially fix the Life is Strange Remastered Crash at launch issue by redownloading and installing missing/corrupted files
Verify integrity of local files

Make sure you are using the dedicated GPU (Laptop Users)

If you are a laptop user, make sure that the dedicated GPU is running the game and not the integrated one.

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 Life is Strange or Before the Storm 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 Life is Strange or Before the Storm from the list of applications
  • If Life is Strange or Before the Storm 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 afterwards.
  • In the column Graphics Settings, assign the High Performance profile to the game.

Manually update your GPU Drivers

Ensure that you are on the latest GPU drivers to make the most out of your GPU. Oftentimes, some games don’t work well, or even launch with older versions.

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.

Update your Windows

Make sure you are on the latest version of Windows to support newer titles.

  • 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
Checking for Windows Update ensures you are on the latest OS version
Check for updates

Add an exception to your anti-virus

At times, some anti-virus programs tag certain executables as viruses even when those aren’t. Add the game folder in the exclusions/exceptions list just in case.

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

We hope this guide helped fix the Life is Strange Remastered Crash at launch. 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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