How to Fix "Helldivers 2 Not Launching" Error on Steam

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How to Fix "Helldivers 2 Not Launching" Error on Steam

Daniel Royte
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Helldivers 2 is the long awaited sequel of Helldivers from Arrowhead Game Studios from way back in 2015.
But some players have encountered an issue where the game fails to launch, leaving them stuck at the main menu or experiencing crashes.
Here's a troubleshooting guide to fix the "Helldivers 2 not launching on Steam" error.

Helldivers 2 is the long awaited sequel of Helldivers from Arrowhead Game Studios from way back in 2015. The game recently saw its release day after almost a decade and has finally arrived for players to enjoy. But some players have encountered an issue where the game fails to launch, leaving them stuck at the main menu or experiencing crashes.

If you're one of the players facing this issue, don't worry. Several community solutions can help you get back into the action. Here's a troubleshooting guide to fix the "Helldivers 2 not launching on Steam" error.

The Helldivers 2 Launch Problems and Fixes

The issue seems to be from a variety of factors. Including outdated Visual C++ Redistributable runtimes, GameGuard anti-cheat integration conflicts, and potentially Steam input settings on Windows 11.

Update Visual C++ Redistributable Runtime

  1. Download the latest Visual C++ Redistributable update from Microsoft's official page.

  2. Run the setup as an administrator and install/update C++.

  3. Locate the Helldivers2.exe file in your local Steam files.

  4. Run the game's executable file as an administrator.

How to Fix "Helldivers 2 Not Launching" Error on Steam

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Add Exclusions to Antivirus Software

  • Some users have reported that adding both the game and Steam to antivirus exclusions can resolve the issue.

Windows 11 Specific Issues

If you're on Windows 11 and experiencing a black screen on startup, try disabling Steam Input for Helldivers 2:

  1. Open Steam and go to your Library.

  2. Right-click on Helldivers 2 and select "Properties."

  3. Go to the "Controller" tab and choose "Disable Steam Input."

How to Fix "Helldivers 2 Not Launching" Error on Steam

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Update Graphics Drivers

  1. For Nvidia users, check for updates using GeForce Experience or visit the Nvidia website.

  2. For AMD users, visit the AMD website or use the Adrenalin software to download and install the latest drivers.

Run The Game as Administrator

  1. Right-click on Helldivers 2 in your Steam Library.

  2. Select "Manage" and then "Browse Local Files."

  3. Find the game's .exe file, right-click it, and choose "Run as Administrator."

Verify Game Files Integrity

  1. Launch Steam and go to your Game Library.

  2. Right-click on Helldivers 2 and select "Properties."

  3. Go to Local Files and select "Verify the game files' integrity."

How to Fix "Helldivers 2 Not Launching" Error on Steam

Reinstall the Game

  • As a last resort, you can try reinstalling the game to resolve any underlying issues.

Developer Response

Arrowhead Game Studios, the developer behind Helldivers 2, has acknowledged the launch issues on Steam and is actively working to address them. In the meantime, these troubleshooting steps should help you get Helldivers 2 up and running on Steam.


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Daniel is an under-grad and has grown up with esports titles like Dota 2 cultivating a passion for esports. His current beats include in-depth coverage of Dota 2 and Mobile Legends.

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