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Total War WARHAMMER III won't launch, crashing (FIX)

Total War: WARHAMMER III keeps freezing and crashing. The game is stuck on the black screen. TWW3 won't launch on PC. Is there a crash fix available?

There are several possible solutions that you can try if you're having a crashing issue when trying to launch Total War: WARHAMMER III or during battle.

This guide will show you how to fix crashing issues in Total War WARHAMMER III. Here are the methods you can try:

Total War WARHAMMER III won't launch, crashing

1. Repair game files

If you're playing Total War WARHAMMER III and your game is crashing, freezing, or not launching, but you know your PC meets the minimum system requirements, then you can try verifying the integrity of game files first.

If you don't know how to repair Total War WARHAMMER III on Steam, follow these steps:

  • Go to Library
  • Right-click on Total War: WARHAMMER III
  • Select Properties
  • Go to the “Local Files” tab.
  • Click the “Verify integrity of game files” button.
  • Once the verifying/downloading is complete, restart Steam.
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For Epic Games users:

  • Open Epic Games Launcher
  • Go to Library
  • Click three dots under Total War: WARHAMMER III
  • Select Verify

For Microsoft Store / Game Pass users:

  • Go to Windows Settings
  • Click Apps
  • Select Total War: WARHAMMER III in the list in the Apps & features tab.
  • Click Advanced options
  • Select Repair

Note: Some players reported that the game launched after installing Total War WARHAMMER III in a different location. So if repairing didn't work, you could try that too.

2. Install Visual C++ redistributables

Ensure the latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables are installed on your PC: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-US/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist?view=msvc-170

You can also use the AIO utility, which includes all versions of redistributables. You can install them all automatically by following these steps:

Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes All-in-One

You may need to restart your computer after the redistributables are installed.

3. Update graphics drivers

Perform a clean install of your GPU drivers using DDU.

Download and install the latest drivers for your graphics card:

There is an NVIDIA driver for Total War: WARHAMMER III. While this driver fixes some issues, it also delivers optimization.

4. Play in windowed mode

If Total War: WARHAMMER III crashes or becomes stuck when Alt-Tabbing, you should play the game in windowed mode. To play TWW3 in windowed mode, follow these steps:

  • Go to Options > Graphics > Main
  • Tick the "Run in window"
  • Click "Apply changes" button.

5. Lower the graphics settings

If Total War WH3 randomly crashes to the desktop during the battle, lowering the graphics might help.

You can try the Total War: WARHAMMER III graphics settings for the best performance.

By the way, if your game is stuck on Copyright Screen (Game Pass users), changing regional date format settings to the United States may fix your issue.

If the above methods didn't help you, share the details using the comment box below. Also, stay tuned. I'll update the post!

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