Crusader Kings 3 Guide: How to Fix the Crashing Bug

Crusader Kings 3 crashing on PC? This guide includes four potential crash fixes that will get you up and running.

Since launch, Crusader Kings 3 players have been plagued with crashing issues. The crashes could be caused by a lack of updates or by bugged files. This mostly happens at startup, but in either case, this guide will provide you with four possible fixes.

We'll start with the simplest solutions first, then move on to more in-depth fixes that require a little bit more work. 

Verify Game Files

Steam files don't always download properly. Sometimes, files will break or contain errors. The first solution you should try in any crashing situation is to verify the game files using the Steam app. 

  1. Open the Steam Library
  2. Find Crusader Kings 3
  3. Right-click on the game and choose "Properties"
  4. Select the "Local Files" tab
  5. Click on "Verify Integrity of game files"
  6. Wait for the verification to finish
  7. Restart the game

If you are playing Crusader Kings 3 on Game Pass, you need to:

  1. Go to "Windows Settings" in your Start menu
  2. Select "Apps & Features"
  3. Find Crusader Kings 3 and click on it
  4. Select "Advanced options"
  5. Choose "Repair" option
  6. Wait for the repair to finish
  7. Restart the game

Use the Game EXE File

Some players have reported that launching Crusader Kings 3 from the Steam app crashes the game for them.

If this is the case for you, launch Crusader Kings 3 from the game folder using the original .exe file:

  1. Close the Steam app
  2. Restart your PC
  3. Go to "/Steam/steamapps/common/Crusader Kings III/binaries" folder
  4. Launch the "ck3.exe" file manually

This simple action should launch Crusader Kings 3 without the crash.

Install Microsoft Visual C++

Microsoft Visual C++ is essential and must be updated regularly if you want your software, including games, to run without errors.

Here's how you can install and update your Visual C++ system libraries:

  1. Go the official Microsoft Visual C++ website
  2. Download either an x86 or an x64 "vc_redist" file from the "Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019" category
  3. Install libraries
  4. Restart your PC

Run the Game as Administrator

Other players have reported that the crashing issue with Crusader Kings 3 has been fixed by simply launching the game as an administrator.

Here's how you can launch the game as an administrator on PC:

  1. Go to Crusader Kings 3 folder
  2. Right-click on the "ck3.exe" file
  3. Select "Run as Administrator" option

That's all you need to know about keeping Crusader Kings 3 from crashing. If you are looking for ways to replenish your levies or for a complete list of cheats and console commands, take a look at our CK3 guides and tips hub page.

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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. Sergey doesn't own consoles because a PC is all he needs.

Published Sep. 11th 2020

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