Fix Evil Dead: The Game Crashing on Startup, Not Starting, or Won’t Launch

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Evil Dead: The Game, a survival horror video game based on the Evil Dead movies franchise, is finally out as of 13 May 2022 on all of the major platforms. The launch has been fairly smooth, but some players have reported launch issues. The game has reportedly been crashing for a lot of these players. In this article, we will go over this issue, and list potential fixes.

How to Fix Evil Dead Crashing on Startup?

There are a bunch of fixes that have worked for a lot of users online. Let us have a look at them.

1. Check Whether Your System the Minimum Requirements

Saber Interactive lists at least an Intel Core i5-7400 or a Ryzen 5 1400 coupled with a GTX 1060 6GB or an RX 580 8GB and at least 8GB of RAM to get into the game at 1080p. You also need to have at least 12GB on your hard drive. If you do not meet these requirements, try lowering the resolution, or upgrading your system hardware.

Saber also requires you to have a DirectX 12-based system to play the game. To check the current DirectX version installed on your system, follow these steps:

  1. Type Win+R at the system. The Run dialogue box will open up.
  2. Type ‘dxdiag’ in the text box, and hit Enter.
  3. This will launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. From the window, look for your DirectX version from the last entry in the System Information section.

Normally Windows downloads and installs the latest DirectX version supported by your system. So, in case you are on DirectX 11 or older, consider upgrading your graphics card.

2. Update Your GPU Drivers

Nvidia has already launched game-ready drivers which optimize performance for Evil Dead. So, consider upgrading to driver version 512.77.

AMD has not yet launched a game-ready driver for Evil Dead, but check whether you are running the latest version. Follow these links below.


3. Revert Overclock Settings

Most of the time, overclocked settings make systems unstable. Games might not launch in unstable systems. Thus, you would like to revert your overclock settings from the respective software.

4. Verify Evil Dead Game Files

Corrupt game files can also cause Evil Dead to crash. Luckily, Epic Games has a Verify to scan and fix games with corrupt files. To verify and check your game files, follow these steps:

  1. Open up the Epic Games app.
  2. Now, head over to the Library section.
  3. Click on the Evil Dead card.
  4. Then, go to the menu indicated by an ellipsis, ““.
  5. From there, click on Verify. Wait for Epic Games to finish verifying the game.

5. Disable Antivirus Software

Antivirus programs can also block a game from launching. To solve this problem, you need to disable your antivirus software. Third-party apps like Kaspersky and K7 will have their steps. So, we will list the steps for the most popular antivirus program, Windows Defender, in this article.

  1. Open up Windows Settings by hitting Windows+I.
  2. Head over to the Privacy and Security tab.
  3. From Security, go to Windows Security.
  4. Now, go to Virus and threat protection.
  5. From the new window that pops up, click on Manage settings under the Virus & threat protection settings section.
  6. Turn Real-time protection off.

These fixes should help you to get Evil Dead: The Game up and running.

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By Arka
Extreme PC enthusiast. He splits his time between PC and console hardware, gaming, and making cool PC-related videos over on YouTube.
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