Total War Warhammer 3: Crashing Fix

If you're experiencing crashes at startup or after the opening cinematic in Total War Warhammer 3, then follow our guide for the possible fixes.

Total War Warhammer 3 has been crashing for many during both single and multiplayer games at launch. Many players report that the game crashes at startup or right after the opening cinematic. There are many reasons for this, and many solutions as well.

Our guide will list all possible solutions to the crashing bugs in Total War Warhammer 3. All the methods listed below have been recommended by the developer, which is now working hard to release a fresh patch.

Check System Requirements

Although Total War Warhammer 3 is not the most demanding game, players still need to make sure that their PCs can handle this new installment of Total War.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i3 or AMD Ryzen 3
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 900 or AMD RX 400
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • HDD: 120 GB

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or AMD RX 5600-XT
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • HDD: 120 GB

Verify Integrity of Your Game Files

Players report that many of them have corrupted save files, so the first thing you should do is check whether your game files are corrupted or not by verifying their integrity in Steam and Epic Games.

You can do this by following these steps in Steam:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Total War Warhammer 3 game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab
  6. Select "Verify Integrity of Game Files" feature

And, here's a solution for Epic Games:

  1. Start Epic Games app
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Left-click on the three dots at the bottom right of the Total War Warhammer 3 icon
  4. Select "Verify" and "Verify Integrity of Game Cache"

Disable Third Party Software

Some additional software that may be installed on your PC may cause the game crashes. The developer indicated two possible programs:

  • Razer Cortex
  • Citrix

In case of Razer Cortex you simply need to disable the game boost feature by following these steps:

  1. Open Razer Cortex app
  2. Select "Game Booster" menu
  3. Go to "Boost" tab
  4. Uncheck "Automatically Start Boost" option

In case of Citrix, you need to turn it off completely, or uninstall the software, and try to launch the game after a clean reboot.

Switch to DirectX 11

Most new PCs have DirectX 12 version set by default for all games. But Total War Warhammer 3 does not support it, so you need to switch it manually to use DirectX 11.

Here's how you can do it in Steam:

  1. Start Steam app
  2. Right-click on Total War Warhammer 3
  3. Select "Properties" option
  4. Type in -dx11 in the Launch Settings box
  5. Press "Save" to confirm

Now the game will launch using DX11, and should not crash at this point.

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Follow these instructions to update nVidia graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest nVidia graphics drivers from the official page
  2. Start the installation process
  3. Restart your PC when finished

Follow these instructions to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest ATI Radeon graphics drivers from the official page
  2. Start the installation process
  3. Restart your PC when finished

Run the Game As Administrator

Running the game as administrator can also help, but in this case you need to apply this setting to the actual execution file and not the shortcut.

Follow these steps to run the game properly:

  1. Go to "\Steam\steamapps\common\Total War WARHAMMER III\" folder on your PC
  2. Right-click on "Warhammer3.exe" file
  3. Select "Properties" option
  4. Go to "Compatibility" tab
  5. Check "Run this program as an administrator" box
  6. Confirm by pressing "Apply" and OK

Now you can launch the game with all the administrator rights!

Run the Game in Windowed Mode

Some players identified that the game crashes a lot less when launched in Windowed mode.

You can do the following in order to switch the game from Full Screen to Windowed:

  1. Start Steam app
  2. Right-click on Total War Warhammer 3
  3. Select "Properties" option
  4. Go to the "General" tab
  5. Select "Set Launch Options" feature
  6. Type in the following into the box: -windowed -noborder
  7. Save and close

Hopefully, these tips helped you fix crashing issues in Total War Warhammer 3. In case you're looking for multiplayer not working fix in Total War Warhammer 3, then follow the link attached.

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Feb. 24th 2022

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