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Fix Project Wingman UE4 Fatal Error and Crash at Startup

Fix Project Wingman UE4 Fatal Error and Crash at Startup

2020 has been a great year for simulated flight games with a range of them releasing around the fall and the year comes to an end with the launch of Project Wingman. Players who enjoy aerial combat would enjoy this game with Very Positive review on Steam. The game is also mostly bug-free except a few crashes and the UE4 Project Wingman Fatal error. Some players have also been complaining of the Project Wingman crash at startup. Stick around with us and we will help you resolve both the errors in the game.

Fix Project Wingman UE4 Fatal Error

The Project Wingman UE4 Fatal Error message appears as, “The UE4-ProjectWingman game has crashed… Fatal Error!” The error is related to the Unreal Engine 4 that the game uses and is quite common error. The main reason the error occurs is when there is a problem with the graphics card.

The first thing you should do to fix the error is update the graphics card drivers. If the driver software of your graphics card is outdated, it can lead to the error. Other reasons you may be seeing the UE4 fatal error in Project Wingman is when the graphics card becomes too stressed. Ensure that you meet the minimum specifications to play the game. If your GPU is failing to render the game, it can lead to the error.

Other causes of the GPU or CPU overstressing is overclocking. In our experience, the most common reasons when the UE4 fatal error occurs is when the user has overclocked the GPU using software such as MSI Afterburner. Disable the software before launching the game and revert overclocking. Sometimes GeForce Experience can also cause the same problem. Disable any and all software on your system that might be interfering with the game, this includes the Windows Game Bar and it could solve the error. Ideally, perform a clean boot with all unnecessary software disabled and then launch the game.

Factory overclocking or the overclocking caused during turbo mode can also cause the error as the graphics card becomes stressed. Go to BIOS and ensure that the clock speed is set to default.      

Finally, if none of the above solutions have worked for you, limiting the FPS of the game can do the trick. A fluctuating FPS is also known to cause the Project Wingman UE4 fatal error. You can limit the FPS of the game from the NVIDIA control panel. Ideally, you should set it to 60 FPS, but we recommend that you start with 30 FPS and increase as you monitor the GPU’s stress and the game’s performance. 

These are all the fixes you can try to resolve the error. If you have a better solution share them in the comments.

Fix Project Wingman Crash at Startup

One of the most difficult problem to resolve with a game is crashing at startup because it can be caused by several reasons, but often the primary culprit is a third-party software. Assuming your system and drivers are updated, the first solution you must try is to disable all third-party software as we advised above. Here are the steps you can follow to achieve it.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig, hit Enter
  2. Go to the Services tab
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  4. Now, click Disable all
  5. Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager
  6. Disable one task at a time and restart the system.
  7. Try launching the game, check if the error still occurs.

If a third-party software is not the cause of Project Wingman crash at startup, it could mean that the game files are corrupted, which can happen during the installation process. You can repair the corrupt files using the Verify Integrity of Game Files feature of Steam. Follow the below process.

  1. Launch the Steam client
  2. From the LIBRARY, right-click on Project Wingman and select Properties
  3. Go to LOCAL FILES and click on VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES…

If the error still occurs, check your antivirus software or the Windows Defender and ensure that it’s not blocking the game folders. When the game is blocked by the antivirus, it may fail to execute certain processes, which can lead to the error.

Disable the Steam Overlay as it’s known to cause crash with games. Here is how you can disable the overlay – Launch Steam client. Click on Library and right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3. Select Properties and uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

Finally, if nothing has worked to fix the Project Wingman crash at startup, tune down the game settings from the .ini file located at the install directory and attempt to launch the game. Also, ensure that you have the latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installed.

Hope the above guide has been helpful. If you have a better solution, you can share them in the comments.

Tim Blisz
I am an avid gamer who loves to write about games. When not writing, I like to cook and play first-person shooter video games.

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