Second Extinction – Crashing at Startup – Game won’t Launch – How to fix

Second Extinction crashing or won’t launch – Games these days don’t come without bugs and glitches. Same is the case with Second Extinction. A lot of players have been complaining lately, that they are getting the “SecondExtinction_F has stopped working” after playing the game for a bit. While some couldn’t even get the game to start. And this problem has nothing to do with their PC hardware. That is why we decided to put all the fixes recommended by the developers in one place, so that players don’t have to check multiple sources for them.

Second Extinction – Crashing at Startup – Game won’t Launch – How to fix

Please check that your PC meets the requirements to play Second Extinction


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-Bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB
    • Storage: 30 GB available space


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-Bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8 GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB
    • Storage: 50 GB available space

Check your graphics card software and make sure it’s updated.

Install Vulkan API

It is necessary to have the Vulkan API to run this game. It is most likely that it is already installed on your harddrive, since other games are using it as well. To find out if it is installed or not, please press the Windows-key + I-key to open the settings application. Select Apps > Apps & Features, and type Vulkan in the search box on the page. If it does not appear in your apps list, please install it using one the following links:

Eliminate software that create conflict with Vulkan

Avoid running any software that injects into Vulkan drivers (Reshade, various capturing software such as Mirillis).

Make sure your computer is set to use your dedicated graphics card

Nvidia users

  1. Launch Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Click on Manage 3D settings located on the left side
  3. Click on the Program Settings tab
  4. Under “Select a program to customize” select Second Extinction
  5. If it is not there then click on Add and then select it
  6. Now set “Select the preferred graphics processor for this program” to “High-performance NVIDIA processor

AMD Users

  1. Right click your desktop and open the AMD Radeon Software.
  2. In Radeon Software, click on the Gear Icon and select Graphics from the sub-menu, then choose advanced.
  3. Click on GPU Workload and select the desired setting (default is to set to Graphics).
  4. Click OK to restart Radeon software for the change to take effect.
  5. When finished, you may close Radeon Software.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

Make sure you have Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installed. If you don’t, you can install it from here.

Search for, and disable/troubleshoot programs that could potentially interfere with Steam

  • Turn off Steam overlay
  • Disable background programs for recording and screen capturing
  • Create an exception in your Antivirus for Steam and SecondExtinction.

Verify integrity of game files

  1. Via Steam open your game Library.
  2. Right click on the game title and select “Properties”
  3. Select the “LOCAL FILES” tab and click on “VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES…”
  4. Start a game session

Other Tips

  • As this game is fully online, please be sure to check you have an active and stable internet connection.
  • Confirm that your Windows operating system is fully up-to-date. At this time, Second Extinction is only available for Windows 10.
  • Some of your PC files may have become corrupt. Please attempt to use the System File Checker to see if it can fix them.
  • You may have a conflict with your audio source or your sound card drivers. If you are using a headset or external speakers, then try unplugging them temporarily. You can also attempt to uninstall and then reinstall your Realtek drivers.

These are all the fixes we have at the moment for people for whom Second Extinction is crashing and won’t launch. We will be adding more soon.

One thing you have to keep in mind, Second Extinction is a brand new game, and is still in Early Access. So expect a ton of patches and updates. So if you are facing multiple issues with the game at the moment, don’t worry, they would get fixed eventually.

I often see a lot of people buy Early Access titles, without knowing what Early Access actually means. When you buy a EA title, you are actually getting involved with the title as it develops. Early Access games are not complete games, and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play Second Extinction in its current state, then you should get a refund and wait to see if the game progresses further in development.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try come out with a fix. Good luck!

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on October 14, 2020

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