How to fix the Psychonauts 2 LowLevelFatalError issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 is a sequel to the highly acclaimed platformer that came out back in 2005. The sequel was in development for the past 6 years or so and is now finally available on PC, and consoles. The game is developed on Unreal Engine 4 and runs very well for the most part. There are some technical issues, but those are to be expected at launch. If you are running into the Psychonauts 2 LowLevelFatalError, here is how you can fix that.

The game got extremely positive reviews from various sites and is currently sitting at a Metacritic score of 87%. A lot of them have called it Double Fine’s best work yet, and it’s already in GOTY conversations. The game is also available on Xbox Game Pass, and available on multiple PC platforms including Steam and GOG.

Fixing Psychonauts 2 LowLevelFatalError

A few users have been running into the LowLevelFatalError while trying to play the game. This is common in Unreal Engine 4 titles, and there are a few things you can try to fix it.

Launch the game in DirectX 11 Mode (Steam)

This has been suggested by the developers on Steam, and to do this, follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Psychonauts 2, and select Properties
Psychonauts in Steam library
  • Now, in the GENERAL tab, enter the following command under LAUNCH OPTIONS
Using a launch command can potentially fix the Psychonauts 2 LowLevelFatalError
Launch Options in Steam

Launch the game again, and see if that made any difference

Verify game files

There is also a chance that some files may have been corrupted during or installation. To fix that, follow the steps from the previous methods, and open the LOCAL FILES tab instead. Here, click on Verify integrity of game files.

You can verify game files through Steam as well
Verify integrity of game files

Update your GPU Drivers

If the methods above didn’t work for you, you can always try updating your GPU drivers.

You can get the latest ones from the links below.

Make sure to restart your PC, after you have updated your GPU drivers.

We hope this guide helped fix your Psychonauts 2 LowLevelFatalError issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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  • I play the game with Xbox App on my PC and Game Pass. I get teh same error, but, bc I don’t use Steam, I can’t use these same steps. Any ideas?

    • Same problem here, at first it gave me DXGI_NO_DEVICE_HUNG error and I downgraded my GPU drivers to the latest WHQL drivers, and it fixed it, I played just last night and today I opened it and only crashed without any explanation, just giving me “Fatal error” message without no other explanation

  • Gamepass user with “lowlevelfatalerror” here (randomly with the _HUNG or the _REMOVED ending), without the possibility of the -DX11 steam’s workaround.
    Any other workaround/suggestion will be more than welcome (double fine support is not really helping)
    PS: I already tried the “TdrLevel”+”TdrDelay” registry entries and did not solve the problem
    PS: I don’t have Sonic Studios 3.
    PS: GPU = RX Vega M GH, with AMD software/drivers v20.2 (the latest for that GPU, not even available in AMD’s website but downloadable from assembler’s webpage only – intel in my case)

  • I have the same problem. Everyone online assumes we own the game on Steam and that’s not the case. Every single post I find about these issues is for STEAM ONLY but something odd happened to me this morning tho. I downloaded and reinstalled the game on my local hard drive (because game pass for some reason will not allow me to install Psychonauts 2 game on any other drive, it gives me an error) I clicked PLAY several times out of frustration and walked away to do some work. Eventually after about 30 minutes I heard the game start. I played about 5 minutes then it crashed my entire pc. I couldn’t even alt-delete out. It’s also worth mentioning that I started to have issues with several xbox PC games right AFTER THE 11th GEN i9 11900k cpu and Z590 motherboard upgrades not just with Psychonauts 2. If I go to my studio recording room and run the game from my rackmount pc running WINDOWS 10 on a Z390 chipset… it runs fine???????? By the way out of subject if any of you have similar specs as mine including a Razer mouse with Cortex installed and your pc keeps crashing, remove Cortex. It’s creating a problem with the way it “optimizes” your power settings. With all that being said I feel almost as if the problems roots from the new hardware I installed (at least in my case) because I noticed many other apps just not running the way they were supposed. Nvidia released a new Windows 11 ready driver today and it fixed very little for me. and I DO HAVE SONIC STUIDOS installed lmao! about to remove it to see what happens. any updates on the Game Pass version would be appreciated, I’ll share if I find anything to get it working as well.

  • I found a fix for PSYCHONAUTS 2 ON GAME PASS!!! At l least for me. This is what I did and now all of my games start up just fine lol

    Open the XBOX APP and click on your profile. It will drop down a box with selections, choose SETTINGS.
    Click on GENERAL and find the box that reads OFFLINE PERMISSIONS ENABLED. Check mark the box and close out the window. Launch your game. It should work. It did for me.

    I hope this helps . Good luck

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