How to fix Helldivers 2 crashing on startup

How to fix Helldivers 2 crashing on startup
Images Via Arrowhead Game Studios

Written by 

Hritwik Raj


12th Feb 2024 16:15

If you're trying to run Helldivers 2 but are met with a black screen and the game crashing on startup, we've got some fixes for you to try.

Helldivers 2's launch was a bit unsteady as the game is facing issues on many fronts, from co-op and matchmaking errors like the "Failed to join game lobby" error to game crashes that are preventing fans from diving in.

Thankfully, there are a few workarounds and fixes that have worked for players in resolving the issue, and the developers are also on it, trying their best to fix the game. So keep reading our guide as we explain how you can stop Helldivers 2 from crashing on startup. 

How to fix crashing on startup error in Helldivers 2

In Helldivers 2, you can fix the crashing on startup issue by turning off the Steam input. You can also delete the Gameguard folder found within the game files and add the newly created one to your virus protection whitelist. 

We've gone into more detail about the various fixes you can try below.

Helldivers 2 Crashing on Launch fix
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1. Disabling Steam input

To disable Steam input in Helldivers 2, you must follow these steps:

  • Open Steam 
  • Go to Library 
  • Perform right-click on Helldivers 2 
  • Select the "Properties" option 
  • Navigate to the "Controllers" tab 
  • Now, select the "Disable Steam Input" option from the "Override" drop-down menu

Doing so will fix the crash on the startup issue in Helldivers 2, but if it doesn't, use the next fix. 

2. Whitelisting Gameguard folder

Go to the installation directory of Helldivers 2, head inside the "bin", and delete the "GameGuard" folder. After that, follow the below steps:

  • Right-click on the Helldivers 2 desktop icon 
  • Select "Run as Administrator"
  • Doing so will create a new GameGuard folder 
  • Open your Antivirus and whitelist the entire folder in Virus Protection
  • Lastly, restart your PC

Once that is done, running Helldivers 2 should no longer lead to a black screen or crash on startup. Thanks to Reddit user "u/GreatestJakeEVR" for sharing this fix with the community. 

3. Disabling Antivirus

If the above method is too confusing for you, you can also disable your Antivirus while playing Helldivers 2 and make sure your Firewall does not block the game. 

4. Updating the game

Helldivers 2 crashing on startup and many other issues have already been addressed by Arrowhead Game Studios and the developers are already working on a fix. They have also released a patch that has resolved many crash issues and improved matchmaking, so make sure your game is up to date!

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That concludes our guide on how to fix the 'crashing on launch' issue in Helldivers 2. While you are here, check out how to unlock boosters in Helldivers 2 and how to join public games.

Hritwik has been writing about video games, manga, and anime for more than 8 years. Some of his favourite games include The Last of Us Part II, Fallout 76, Apex Legends, Genshin Impact, and the Souls series.

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