Fix Monster Hunter Rise PC Won’t Launch and is Crashing at Startup

MHR PC won’t launch crashing – I have already talked about the crashing issues of MHR for the Nintendo Switch. In this article, I am taking a look at the launch issues, and crashing issues of the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise.

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The Nintendo Switch game, Monster Hunter Rise is an ARPG. It is the sixth mainline game in the Monster Hunter series and was released on March 26, 2021. On January 12, 2022, the Microsoft Windows version has been finally made available. The Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak expansion is slated for release in the year 2022.

Monster Hunter Rise is a game that takes a lot of cues from Monster Hunter World, but also adds many new features and mechanics, including the addition of a new companion called the Palamute, which is used to ride across the map or into battle, and the use of Wirebugs to traverse the world and mount and ride certain monsters.

Now that the basic game information is out of the way, so let’s move on to the technical issues. I’m getting reports that a lot of PC users are having problems launching the game. This is not surprising, as many console ports don’t work very well on PC. The Switch version of Monster Hunter Rise had some crashing issues too.

There are a number of possible solutions to this issue. If you follow the steps, you will be able to see if they fix the issue.

1. Perform a detailed comparison between the Monster Hunter Rise System Requirements and your Hardware Specifications

If your system does not meet the minimum system requirements to play the game, then you will probably end up crashing upon launch. Make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to play the game. Skip this step if you already have a good gaming rig.

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit)
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-4130 or Core™ i5-3470 or AMD FX™-6100 Intel® Core™ i5-4460 or AMD FX™-8300
Memory 8 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 1030 (DDR4) or AMD Radeon™ RX 550 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (VRAM 3GB) or AMD Radeon™ RX 570 (VRAM 4GB)
DirectX Version 12 Version 12
Network Broadband Internet connection Broadband Internet connection
Storage 23 GB available space 23 GB available space
Additional Notes 1080p/30fps when graphics settings are set to “Low”. System requirements subject to change during game development. 1080p/30fps when graphics settings are set to “Average”. System requirements subject to change during game development.

Now, if you check out the ‘Additional Notes’, you will notice that it mentions the GTX 1060 or the RX 570, which would only be able to fetch you 30 FPS on 1080p. That too, on “Average” settings. And, if that is true, then I would label Monster Hunter Rise as ‘Unoptimized’, because on ‘Average’, most of the settings are either disabled or set to medium.

Therefore, you won’t be able to play the game on a low-end gaming PC. You need to have a decent rig, in order to enjoy the game without errors.

2. The MHR folder and files should be added to your anti-viruses program’s exception/exclusion list.

Some launching issues may be caused by a false-positive error in certain Anti-Virus software. Users are recommended to add all the files and folders to the exclusion list to prevent this issue. If the files and folders were already added, try removing them from the exclusion list and adding them again.

From what I saw on the various Forums, This step has been recommended the most. You will find plenty of posts like this:

Game crashes after a couple of seconds at loading screen.
1) Tried disabling completely anti virus and adding the game to the all possible exclusion lists. (eset internet security)
2) Tried different windows compatibility modes including launching with administrator rights
3) Updated video drivers, restarted too
4) windows 10 up to date
5) Verified steam cache of the game (all files fine)
6) EU, Finland
Intel Core i5-8600K CPU @ 3.60GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
16 GB Dual-Channel RAM

Fixed for me. It should help other AV users too. In Eset there’s “real-time file system protection” on/off button in “setup” menu from the left. So when you get to the “computer protection” click the gear icon (settings) on the right and click “edit exclusions” and add EXE file of the game, not just the folder but the EXE itself.

Then after that click the gear button on the right of the Host intrusion prevention system. Do the same there. You can find it in “exlusions — edit”

Monster Hunter Rise PC - Crashing and Launch issue fixed by adding exception to anti-virus - Proof

To quickly access the following folders, press Windows Key + R then copy and paste the folder URL below:

  • MonsterHunterRise.exe Default Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\MonsterHunterRiseDemo
  • Steam.exe Default Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
  • Steam AppData Default Location: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Steam

3. Give administrator privileges to Steam and Monster Hunter Rise

Some users have been able to successfully run the game by running Steam.exe in administrator mode. You can do this by right-clicking on the .exe file and selecting “Run as administrator.” If this doesn’t work, you may have to run the MonsterHunterRise.exe file in administrator mode as well. Check Step number 2 for the default locations.

4. Uninstall Citrix if you have it on your system

I actually saw a lot of users claim that they fixed the crashing and launch issues by just uninstalling Citrix. Just check out this post:

Monster Hunter Rise PC - Uninstall citrix to fix Crashing and Launch issue - Proof #1

Here is another one confirming the fix:

Monster Hunter Rise PC - Uninstall citrix to fix Crashing and Launch issue - Proof #2

5. Unplug the in-active monitors, if you have a multi-monitor setup

Apparently, this game is not working for users who have extra in-active monitors plugged-in. So I would recommend that you unplug the ones you are not using, for the time being. I know this is not a proper solution. But, there are not a lot of options in hand here. Check out the posts:

Monster Hunter Rise PC - Unplug extra monitors to fix the issue - Proof

6. Update your Windows Media Player codecs

Windows’ default Media Player codec is used to play certain cutscene segments. Please install Microsoft’s Media Feature Pack if you’re having problems with video play outs or not being able to launch the game. Windows Media Player and its codec may not be included in certain Windows editions, particularly in EU territories and Korea.

Compatibility issues with certain video codec may cause video corruption issues in the game if you have separately installed another video codec. If you’re using a different codec than the Media Feature Pack, please make sure it’s configured, so it doesn’t run under the Media Foundation.

Here is another fix related to this topic, recommended by a member of the community:

Okay it’s running now. I suggest that instead running the game in steam, find the exe of the game in the steam folders and open it. There will be a prompt that will pop out regarding why you can’t run the game. My problem was that I was missing the MFplat.DLL. So I suggest you install the said file.

Intalling the said file: Open apps & features, the open Optional Features. Search for Media feature pack. Install it then reboot. The voila you can play the game now.

7. Keep Vsync turned On

Let me tell you, Monster Hunter Rise was crashing for me as well. And, I have a system consisting of RTX 3070 paired with a Ryzen 5 5800x. I struggled for almost two hours before discovering this fix.

So, I was getting close to 300 FPS in-game and was crashing randomly. That is when I decided to open MSI Afterburner. I realized that the game was making my GPU usage shoot all the way up to 99%. What I did was, I enabled Vsync, and set Framerate cap to 90. I haven’t crashed even once since then.

Monster Hunter Rise PC - Turn off Vsync

8. MHR doesn’t work well with Rivatuner Statistics

If the game is crashing on loading screens that usually happen between hunts. Then let me tell you, this issue is caused by a program called RivaTuner. If you had installed MSI Afterburner, it also comes with RivaTuner.

  1. Just add MonsterHunterRise.exe into Rivatuner
  2. Select MonsterHunterRiseDemo.exe on the list
  3. Set the application defection level to “none”

9. Monster Hunter Rise doesn’t always work well with Overlays

Disable every single overlay that you have on right now. Overlays from applications like Discord, Nvidia GeForce Experience, Steam, etc., are known to cause issues in games. So disable all of them.

These are all the legit fixes that I have been able to collect from the various forums and dev notes. Of course, there are other ones, like updating your Video/Graphics Drivers and Windows Operating System, updating your DirectX, verifying the game’s cache in Steam, re-installing the game, etc. But aren’t these obvious fixes. They have been mentioned a million times, on different articles. You can try them if you want. But, I personally won’t recommend them.

You have to keep one thing in mind. Monster Hunter Rise is a console port that “Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo Anti-tamper”. So, there is no way for this game to be perfect. Denuvo has been always known to be problematic on PC.

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing other problems with the game, then try checking out our other guides on Monster Hunter Rise. Who knows, you might end up finding a fix.

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on June 18, 2022

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