Humankind Crash Guide: How to Fix Crashing at Startup, in Game

If you're experiencing game crashes at launch or during gameplay, then follow our crash fix guide for Humankind.

Humankind has been finally released after a long period of closed beta testing. Even though the game's launch was successful, many players have experienced game crashing errors during gameplay and even when trying to launch the game on Steam and Epic.

This guide will provide you with tips on how fix Humankind crashes. Some of these issues have been dragging along behind the strategy games from its closed beta stage, and some are common crash errors. In either case, follow our guidelines below, and you should be able to fix your game crashes soon enough.

Humankind Crashes at Launch Fix

Many Humankind players who took part in the closed beta, started to experience game crashes at launch. This is caused by the old profiles that were created specifically for the closed beta stage.

If you took part in the open development or closed beta, then you need to delete your old profile and let the game create a new one.

Delete your old folder "\Users\[username]\Documents\Humankind\" before starting a new game.

Verify the Integrity of Your Files

As usual, before looking for other reasons that may cause your game to crash, first verify the integrity of your files through Steam by following these steps:

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

To do so through Epic:

  1. Go to your Epic client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Left-click on the three dots at the bottom right of the Humankind image
  4. Select "Verify"

You can also verify the integrity of the Game Cache. All you need to do is follow the steps above except the final one. In this instance choose "Verify Integrity of Game Cache".

Update Your Graphics Drivers

Follow these steps to update Nvidia graphics drivers:

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

Follow these steps to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

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

Update Your System Files

Begin by updating your DotNet system files:

  1. Go to "\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\_CommonRedist\DotNet\4.5.2" folder on your PC
  2. Execute "NDP452-KB2901907-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe" file
  3. Restart your PC once finished

Then, update your VCRedist files:

  1. Go to "\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\_CommonRedist\vcredist" folder
  2. Execute the following files one after the other:
    • 2012\vc_redist.x64.exe
    • 2013\vc_redist.x64.exe
    • 2019\vc_redist.x64.exe
  3. Restart your PC once finished

Finally, update your DirectX drivers:

  1. Go to "\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\_CommonRedist\DirectX" folder
  2. Execute "dxsetup.exe" file
  3. Restart your PC once finished

Run Steam and Humankind as Administrator

You can force your system to run both Steam and Humankind as an administrator. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Go to "\Program Files\Steam\" folder on your PC
  2. Right-click on the "steam.exe" file
  3. Select "Properties" option
  4. Go to "Compatability" tab
  5. Check "Run this program as an administrator" option

You can do the same for your game:

  1. Go to "\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Humankind\" folder on your PC
  2. Right-click on the "humankind.exe" file
  3. Select "Properties" option
  4. Go to "Compatability" tab
  5. Check "Run this program as an administrator" option

Reload Your Save Files

In case Humankind crashes at certain points during gameplay, you may need to reload your save files. These may include such instances like:

  • During actions in battle
  • Between taking turns
  • When starting a battle a few tiles away from the city
  • When queue shows infinite time to completion

If your game crashes at these moments, then restart the game and reload your latest save file.

Switch to Vulcan from DirectX

The game may lag and even crash due to DirectX. If so, you need to switch to Vulcan software.

You can force the game to work with Vulcan by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Humankind game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Go to "General" tab
  6. Select "Launch Options" feature
  7. Type in the following value into the box: -force-vulkan

Now you need to restart your game in order for the new settings to take effect.

Deactivate Audio Enhancement Software

If you're using one of the following audio enhancement programs, then you need to either disable or uninstall them:

  • Nahimic
  • Sonic Sound 2
  • Sonic Suite
  • Razer Chroma
  • Synapse

Hopefully, these tips helped you solve the crashes in Humankind. If you found this article useful, then be sure to share it with your friends!

Correspondent

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.

Games Humankind Genres Strategy Platforms PC Tags humankind guides
Published Aug. 22nd 2021

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