How to fix the Total War Warhammer 3 Crash at launch issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Total War: Warhammer 3 is the latest entry in the grand strategy game series from Creative Assembly and SEGA. This is one of the most anticipated titles of the year, and the final entry in the series that started back in 2016. Since then, numerous DLCs have been released for both previous titles, and it seems Warhammer 3 has managed to push the series into an even bigger scale. The game is now available on PC, through Steam, and Xbox Game Pass, and there are some technical issues players are running into it. If you are facing the Total War Warhammer 3 Crash at launch issue, here are a few things you can try to fix that.

The title has been universally praised by critics and is currently sitting at a Metacritic score of 88, which is an incredible achievement. We are excited to see what feedback players have for Creative Assembly now that they have the game in their hands. Previously games have been updated many times, and we hope to see this title receive the same treatment.

Fixing the Total War Warhammer 3 Crash at launch issue

As with any new PC launch, there is a good chance you’ll run into a few technical issues. The most common is a crash at launch, during the initial gameplay, or menus. This is fairly common, and we have provided suggestions for titles in the past as well. Usually, there is something missing on the user’s end, or the game files have been impacted for some reason. You can try the following suggestions, and see if those fix your problem.

Verify Game Files (Steam)

If you are on the Steam version, you might want to verify your game files first. There is a chance that some files got corrupted during the download or installation process. To verify these files, follow the steps below.

  • Open Steam, and navigate to your library
  • Right-click on Total War: Warhammer 3 in your library and click Properties
You can access various properties of games using Steam
  • Now, in the LOCAL FILES tab, select Verify Integrity of local files…
Verifying game files can potentially fix the Total War Warhammer 3 Crash at launch issue

Manually update your GPU Drivers

If you are on outdated GPU drivers, there is a very good chance that those might be causing a crash. Update to the latest ones from the links below.

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

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

Update the Game Pass application

If you are on the Game Pass version, try updating the Game Pass application.

  • Open Windows Store
  • Here, click the Library icon at the bottom left
Clicking on Library allows you to access various applications installed in Windows
Library in Windows Store
  • Now, in the list of applications, click on Update next to the Xbox
Clicking on the update button will initiate the update download and installation
Available Update

Switch to dedicated GPU (Laptop Users)

Ensure that you are using the dedicated GPU of your laptop. This is important because many games simply don’t run on the non-dedicated GPU.

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 Warhammer 3 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 Warhammer 3 from the list of applications
  • If Warhammer 3 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.

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
Updating your Windows ensures that you are on the latest version, and potentially fix the Total War Warhammer 3 Crash at launch issue
Windows Update

Add an exception to your anti-virus

It is possible that anti-virus software is conflicting with the game. This can lead to various crashes, and in most cases, the game doesn’t launch at all.

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

Here are some even more suggestions you can try, provided by Creative Assembly.

We hope this guide helped fix the Total War Warhammer 3 Crash at launch issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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  • None of the above work for me, or several others I have spoken with on steam….Oddly, the game runs just fine in both campaign and battles if we get ahold of a turn 1 save file and play from there…BUT it crashes AGAIN when we enter the realm of Chaos. I say “we” because we have been discussing this and troubleshooting together for days now. Updating to windows 11 seems to work, but only a couple of us had computers compatible with Win 11. The fact that the game runs smoothly with the exception of these two issues means that its probably an optimization thing on CA’s end, and since you cant play the campaign and just ignore the Realm of Chaos without getting a game over, we are screwed until CA fixes this mess, which is pretty sad for those like me that pre-ordered the damned game a year ago trusting that it would be just as optimal as 1 and 2 were. And they dont seem to be in a big hurry to patch it.

    But thanks for those solutions. I hope they help some out, but with the particular bug I am referring to, none of these will work. For those who have this issue, and searching for a remedy find this, know that you CAN play for a little while with a turn one save file, but as soon as the AI collects the 4, you will get a game over. At least its something while we wait.

    • Thank you for the response and for troubleshooting yourself. Sadly, CA games have a tendency to be a bit broken at launch. Warhammer 3 is no different in this regard, which is why it’s probably a good idea to wait a few more days till they patch it. There is also a noticeable performance drop in the release version compared to the review copies. Really hoping a future patch addresses these issues.

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