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Fix Madden 22 Crashing at Startup, Won’t Start, and Stuck at Loading Screen

Fix Madden 22 Crashing at Startup, Wont't Start, and Stuck at Loading Screen

Madden 22, the yearly title for the Football video game series has been released for players who have early access. There are quite a number of new features in the game such as Franchise Mode will no longer be the same throughout the year, it will receive live service updates. The Yard will also feature quite a few noticeable upgrades, the Superstar Mode is now Face of the Franchise with various enhancements, and much more. However, early players of the game are reporting a range of issues with the game such as Madden 22 crashing at startup, won’t start, and stuck at loading screen.

Issues such as these aren’t uncommon with the game and have existed in previous installments as well. However, at the time of writing it does not appear the game itself is the problem. On the user-end, there are a number of things that can cause a game to crash mid-game when launching specific modes or crashing at startup. Here are all the solutions we think can help you resolve the problem.

How to Fix Madden 22 Crashing at Startup, Won’t Start, and Stuck at Loading Screen

At the time of writing, no bugs have emerged with any of the modes that cause the game to get stuck at loading or crash, but it’s possible and we have seen it in the past. Besides that, some other causes of the problem may be third-party software running in the background. Here are some solutions to fix Madden 22 crashing at startup, won’t start, and stuck at loading screen.

Ensure it is not a bug

If the game is crashing at specific places or when you start a certain mode, there is a possibility that there may be a bug in the game. When such a crash happens, check out the game’s Twitter handle and Subreddit to verify if others are having the same issue. In case, there is a bug in the game causing the Madden 22 crashing, there is nothing you can do but wait for a patch from the developers.

Restart the game

Once you are sure it’s not a bug with the game, it’s possible that the problem is caused by a simple glitch that can be resolved by rebooting the system. Perform a system restart after closing the game and check if the Madden 22 stuck on loading screen or the crash still happens.

Switch to DirectX 12

Some users were able to resolve the crashing problem in the game by moving between the two DirectX options available. By default, the game starts in DirectX 11, but it has the option for players to switch to DirectX 12. Try to switch to the new DirectX and that may fix the problem. You will find the option to change in the Graphics Settings of the game.

Start the game without the controllers connected

Sometimes the controller has issues with games. We have seen it happen in previous Madden titles and a number of other games. Unplugging the game and then starting the game fixes the crash at startup or won’t launch issue. Once the game has started, you can connect the controller to play the game without any issue. Although it’s a long shot, it is worth a shot.

Besides the above solutions, there is a range of other things that can cause a game to crash and possibly be the reason behind Madden 22 crash at startup or won’t launch issue.

How to Fix Madden 22 Crashing at Startup and Won’t Start

  1. Update the graphics card driver
  2. Check if there is a new update for the game and perform the update
  3. Repair the game files using the Steam client
  4. Disable Overlays, particularly the Steam Overlay
  5. Install the game on the same drive as the OS and try to launch using the game executable in the installation folder.

This guide is a work-in-progress. So, do ensure to check back when the game releases and after as will update the post with new solutions as we understand the problem better. Meanwhile, if you are a solution for Madden 22 Crashing at Startup, Won’t Start, or Stuck at Loading Screen, please drop them in the comments.  

Tim Blisz
I am an avid gamer who loves to write about games. I started gaming with a copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Since then, I have fallen in love with games with a particular inclination towards Call of Duty titles.

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