Aliens Fireteam Elite download is stuck on Steam – Downloading at slow speed – Is it a bug?

Aliens Fireteam Elite download stuck – In this guide, we will be talking about how the download of the Aliens Fireteam is getting stuck for many people who are downloading it via Steam. If you are facing the same issue, don’t worry, you are not alone.

Aliens Fireteam Elite download is stuck for many PC users

Aliens Fireteam Elite has to be one of the most anticipated AAA titles of 2021. The game was announced at the beginning of this year only. And it has managed to create a good amount of hype since then. It has been a while since we got a good Alien game, and it has also been a while since we got a good third-person survival game.

Now that the game is finally out, every fan of the survival genre is rushing to try it. I don’t blame them to be honest. If the game is even 80% of what they showed in the trailers, I would consider that a win.

But as we all know, AAA launches don’t go so smooth any more nowadays. The case of Aliens Fireteam Elite is no different. The PC release is not treating every PC player in a good way. It looks like, a lot of people who bought the new Alien survival game on Steam are facing issues with the download. For some, the download of the game is getting stuck after a certain point. And for some, the download is extremely slow.

No matter what they do, the installation bar is reluctant to move or make any sort of progress. It seems, for now, this issue is exclusive to Steam users as people who have bought the game on consoles haven’t reported anything of this sort. Now the question is, is this some sort of bug or glitch?

Is it a bug? If yes, then how to fix it?

Before we move any further, I would like you to try the basic fixes, that work almost 90% of the time:

  • Pause the download, wait 5 seconds, and then resume it
  • Restart the download completely
  • Restart Steam or restart your PC

Of course, this is for those users who are legit having trouble in downloading the game. And there is a reason why I said that. But first, make sure that the problem is not from your side. Check your Internet connection. Download another game from your library to check whether you are getting the download speed you are supposed to get. You can also try changing the Download region in Steam. Just to Steam settings > Downloads > Set Mexico as your download region and restart Steam.

What is actually happening

Okay, time for the main point. You see, there is a 9 out 10 chance that this is neither being caused by a bug, nor by a glitch. If you go and look at the download folder of Steam, you will notice that there is nothing over there. Steam will actually download the Aliens Fireteam Elite installer file first. And once the downloading is completed, the unpacking will take place.

When Steam is showing that your download speed is 0 KB/s, but Aliens Fireteam Elite is still being downloaded, that is not what actually is happening. It is unpacking the game instead to get it ready for installation. And then there are other installations, like the C++ Redistributable and the latest DirectX, that has been shipped with the game.

The file size of Aliens Fireteam Elite is close to 30 GB. Therefore, by no means it is a small-sized game. So all you have to do is wait for a while. In my case, the process did not take much long, as I am using a WD Black NVMe SSD that has Read and Write speeds up to 3100 MB/s and 1600 MB/s respectively. But for normal HDD users, even if they have a 7200 RPM one, the entire installation process is going to take some time. And there is no way to speed the procedure.

I would suggest that you take a look at the official Steam Discussions page of Aliens Fireteam Elite. You will find a lot of players discussing these exact same issues.


If you think this guide had helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Aliens Fireteam Elite guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue and bug of the game. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on August 22, 2021

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