Destiny 2 Guide: How to Fix the Stuck on Initializing Glitch

Breaking down the Destiny 2 glitch that's been plaguing PC players since even before the game's release.

To the delight of new and returning fans alike, Destiny 2 was launched on PC last month, a first for the franchise. Everything seemed business as usual, and as the launch date approached, players began preloading the game onto their hard drives in anticipation. However, many experienced a frustrating glitch before even starting the game up.

As patches and updates to both the client and the game itself released, more and more players began experiencing the "stuck on initializing" glitch.

How Does It Happen?

Most players on Blizzard's forums and Reddit report that they paused the download for whatever reason, and when they attempted to resume it, the download simply didn't continue, displaying the message "Initializing." However, some others had it happen to them without even having paused the download. Speculation for now seems to point fingers at Blizzard and the client itself, but the company has not released any official fix for it as of yet.

How Do I Fix It?

Unfortunately, at the moment the best fix seems to be removing the Destiny 2 folder from its location, clicking the "update" or "install" button again, and then moving it back.

AgentOJ on the Blizzard Forums breaks it down clearly:

So far this is one of the few confirmed fixes, aside from reinstalling the entire game. 

Have you encountered this glitch while trying to update or install Destiny 2? Have you managed to fix it? Let us know in the comments! Make sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 


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Published Dec. 8th 2017

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