Evil Genius 2 – Crashing at Startup – Game won’t Launch – How to fix

This guide contains some basic fixes for those who are having trouble trying to launch Evil Genius 2 on their PCs.

Evil Genius 2 is crashing at startup for a lot of people on Steam, and for some it won’t launch

Why is the game crashing or not launching

Evil Genius 2 is finally here, and it has already started pulling those big numbers on Steam. The game is undoubtedly one of the most awaited games of 2021. After the great success of Evil Genius, a sequel was pretty obvious. A lot of people were waiting for this.

The game is good, there are some issues, but it is a really great game overall. But that doesn’t mean Evil Genius 2 shines through in the technical department as well. It indeed has some performance related issues. I will talk about them in a different article. Right now, I am talking about the crashes and the launch issues that people are experiencing.

Now, looking at Evil Genius 2 one might think that it is not a heavy title. Unfortunately, that is not the case. If you look at the system requirements of the game, you would realize how demanding the game is. You need a Ryzen 5 1600 paired with a GTX 1660 Super 6GB or Radeon RX 5700 8GB, to play the game at 1080p at 60 fps.

But what about the people who have capable PCs? Why is it crashing or won’t launch for them? Well, you see the problem is, it is hard to say specifically what is causing this issue. Startup issues can be triggered by various things. And the situation is different for different users. And if the issue is from the side of developers, then forget fixing it by yourself.

Now the main question is, are there any fixes for this issue?

How to fix the crashes and launch issues in Evil Genius

Before we begin, make sure that you are using Windows 10. If you are not, then there is no point reading this guide any further. Evil Genius 2 runs only on Windows 10 and, that too only on the 64-bit version. It also requires a GPU that supports DirectX 12. The Steam page of Little Nightmares 2 has specifically mentioned this. If you are someone who uses Windows 7, 8.1 or a 32-bit OS, then you are out of luck here.

Also restart your PC before you go through the steps given below.

Now, I don’t know what are your hardware specifications. So it is impossible for me to know what is causing the crashes for you specifically. But judging from my experience with these issues, majority of the time these crashing issues and “won’t launch” issues are either triggered by anti-virus software, outdated drivers or visual studio not being present on the system. And that is exactly what I will recommend here.

Update your Graphics Drivers

I was going through some posts on the discussion page of Evil Genius 2 on Steam, and I was shocked to see how many people are sitting with outdated graphics drivers. Some of them were even using versions that are 3-4 years old. So do your system a favor and update your graphics drivers.

Download and install the latest C++ Redistributable

Make sure that you are using the latest version of Visual C++ redistributable, as there’s a chance it hasn’t been installed correctly. Just go this link and download the latest one. The 64-bit version is the version you should be installing. So click on the one that says “x64: vc_redist.x64“. Restart your PC after the installation is complete.

Anti-virus Software

In some cases, the .exe file of Evil Genius 2 might be getting silently quarantined by some antivirus software, preventing the game from launching. In that case, you might need to disable the Real-Time Scanning function or Real-Time Protection function of your Anti-virus to play. If you do not want to completely disable the software, then you will have to add the .exe of Evil Genius 2 to the Exceptions list of your AV Software.

Try these for now and let me know in the comment section below whether your issues got fixed or not.

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on March 31, 2021