Nioh 2 The Complete Edition- Game won’t launch on Steam – How to fix

Nioh 2 PC won’t Launch – This guide contains some basic fixes for those who are having trouble trying to launch Nioh 2 The Complete Edition on their PCs.

Nioh 2 won’t launch for a lot of PC users

Nioh 2 The Complete Edition is probably one of the most anticipated PC releases of 2021. The game came out for PS4 users in early 2020, and ever since then a lot of PC users wanted to get their hands-on it. Now that it is finally here, PC gamers can rejoice.

I am pretty sure I don’t have to tell anybody about how good Nioh titles normally are. Nioh 2 is no different. But the problem is PC games, unlike console games, are not as bug free. Same is the case with Nioh 2 PC port as well. Sure it has 4k and 120 FPS support and all. But it is far from being perfect on PC.

A bunch of posts has started popping on the Steam discussions page of Nioh 2 The Complete Edition. And it looks like a lot of players are having problems at getting the game to launch or start. Now for some, it could be because of the low powered hardware in their systems. Which could be a reason, as looking at the requirements you can easily tell that Nioh 2 on PC is a fairly demanding title. But even people who are sitting with RTX 3080s and Ryzen 7 5800Xs are also facing this issue. So one thing is confirmed, this problem has nothing to do with PC hardware. Maybe for some users, but definitely not for everyone.

Now the main question is, are there any fixes for this issue? 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. Still, here are some fixes that you can try.

How to fix this issue?

Before you forward with this guide, make sure that you are either using Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. If you are not, then there is no point reading this guide any further. Nioh 2 The Complete Edition runs properly only on Windows 10 and 8.1, that too only on the 64-bit versions. The Steam page of Nioh 2 has specifically mentioned this. If you are someone who uses Windows 7 or a 32-bit OS, then you are out of luck here.

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The first thing you should consider doing is, try running the executable file or .exe file of Nioh 2 as admin. Just head over to the folder where you have installed Nioh 2 The Complete Edition. Right click on nioh2.exe and select Properties. Now click on the Compatibility and check the box beside “Run this program as an administrator”. Start the game directly by double-clicking on the exe file, instead of launching it from your Steam Library.

Then there is always the good old file verification method. Just right-click on Nioh 2 from your Steam Library, click on Properties, select the Local Files tab and then click on the ‘Verify Integrity of Game Files’ button. Also, make sure that you are using the latest version of Visual C++ redistributable, as there’s a chance it hasn’t been installed correctly.

Check whether your Anti-virus software is blocking Nioh 2 or Steam. This has happened to a lot of games last year. Even some AAA titles had this issue. The executable of Nioh 2 or Steam may be getting silently quarantined by some antivirus software, preventing the game from launching. Therefore, you may need to disable 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 Nioh 2 on the Exceptions list of your AV Software.

And finally, if none of the fixes mentioned above work for you then there is no other choice but to re-install the game completely. We are still testing the game. More fixes on the way!

I would suggest that you take a look at the official Steam Discussions page of Nioh 2 The Complete Edition. 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 Nioh 2 The Complete Edition guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue and bug of the game. Good luck!


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