How To Fix Risk of Rain 2 Won’t Launch Issue

There are different factors that can cause the launching issue of the Steam version of Risk of Rain 2. It could be due to a corrupted game file, hardware issues, or outdated graphics drivers. To fix this you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Risk of Rain 2 is a third person shooter game developed by Hopoo Games and published by Gearbox Publishing. The game has roguelike qualities where you can control a survivor stranded in an alien planet. In order to survive you must slay various monsters and loot chests in order to upgrade your offensive and defensive capabilities. You can play this game solo or with up to four other friends.

What do you do when Risk of Rain 2 PC game will not run?

What do you do when Risk of Rain 2 PC game will not run?

One of the issues that you might encounter when playing the Steam version of Risk of Rain 2 is when the game will not launch. You might try clicking on the game shortcut on your desktop or from your library in Steam however you will not get any response at all.

Here’s what you need to do to fix this particular problem.

Solution 1: Does your PC meet the system requirements to play the game?

The first thing you should do in this particular case is to make sure that your computer meets at least the minimum system requirements needed to play Risk of Rain 2.

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or newer, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-6100 / AMD FX-8350
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 580 / AMD HD 7870
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

Recommended system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or newer, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 680 / AMD HD 7970
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

Solution 2: Is your Windows antivirus program blocking the game from running?

Sometimes, an overly aggressive antivirus is blocking the game from starting. You need to check if this is what’s causing the problem by turning off the real time protection feature of your antivirus software.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

Disable the Windows antivirus software

  1. Click the Start button.

    You can find this on the lower left side of the screen.Click the Start button

  2. Click on Settings.

    This will open the Settings window.Click on Settings

  3. Click on Privacy & Security.

    This will open the permissions and security settings menu.Click on Privacy & Security

  4. Click on Windows Security.

    This will allow you to access the Windows security menu.Click on Windows Security

  5. Click on Virus & threat protection.

    This will open the antivirus settings menu.Click on Virus & threat protection

  6. Click on Manage settings.

    This is where you can manage your antivirus settings.Click on Manage settings

  7. Turn off the Real time protection switch.

    This will temporarily turn off the real time protection feature.Turn off the Real time protection switch

If the issue does not occur with the antivirus program disabled then you will need to add Risk of Rain 2 to its exception list.

Adding Risk of Rain 2 to exception list of antivirus software

  • Click the Start button.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Click on Privacy & Security.
  • Click on Windows Security.
  • Click on Virus & threat protection.
  • Click on Manage settings.
  • Click Add or remove exclusions.
  • Click Add an exclusion.
  • Click Folder.
  • Select the Risk of Rain 2 installation folder.

Solution 3: Update your graphics card driver

There’s a possibility that Risk of Rain 2 is not launching because of an outdated graphics driver. You need to make sure that you have the latest graphics card driver installed as this will have several performance enhancements as well as bug fixes that could fix the launching issue you are experiencing.

Update graphics drivers

  • Right click on the Start button.
  • Click on Device Manager.
  • Click the arrow before Display adapters.
  • Right click on the selected graphics card then choose Update driver.
  • Select Search automatically for drivers.

You can also download the graphics driver by using the Nvidia GeForce Experience app if you have an Nvidia gpu or the Radeon Software for AMD users.

If a new graphics driver has been installed you will to restart your computer then check if the Risk of Rain 2 fps drops issue still occurs.

Solution 4: Check for Windows updates

Make sure that the Windows operating system you are using is updated so that it will have all the necessary components needed for the game to run. The latest Windows version will also have several performance enhancements and bug fixes that will improve your Risk of Rain 2 gameplay experience.

Manually download Windows updates

  • Right click the Start button.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click Windows Update section found on the bottom left side of the new window that appears.
  • Click Check for updates.
  • If new updates are found then click on the Install now button.

If new updates have been installed then proceed with restarting your computer and check if this will fix Risk of Rain 2 launching issue.

Solution 5: Close running background apps when playing Risk of Rain 2

There are instance when other running applications will cause a conflict with Risk of Rain 2 this preventing the game from starting. These other running programs might also be using too much of your computer resources thus preventing the game from loading properly.

When playing the game you should make sur to close other running applications such as your Chrome browser, Office apps , or even your game recording software.

Force close running apps

  • Right click on the Start button.
  • Click on Task Manager.
  • Make sure to click on More details.
  • Click on the Processes tab.
  • Right click on the apps running and select End task. Do this for all apps except Risk of Rain 2 and Steam.

Solution 6: Check if another instance of the game is already running

You won’t be able to start Risk of Rain 2 if another instance of it is already running in the background. You will need to force close this running process from the Task manager then try to check if the game will launch.

End running game task

  • Right click the Start button.
  • Click on Task Manager.
  • Click the Processes tab.
  • Right click Euro Truck Simulator 2 from the Background processes section then click on End task.

Solution 7: Verify integrity of Risk of Rain 2 game files

There’s a possibility that Risk of Rain 2 will not launch due to corrupted or missing game files. In order to fix this, you will need to verify the integrity of the game files using the Steam client. Any missing or corrupted file will be replaced with new ones downloaded from the servers.

Verify integrity of the game files

  • Open the Steam client.
  • Click on your Steam Library.
  • Find Risk of Rain 2 then right click it then click on Properties.
  • On the new window that appears click on Local Files tab.
  • Click Verify integrity of game files…

Once the game files have been fixed try checking it the issue still occurs.

Solution 8: Reinstall Risk of Rain 2

In case the above troubleshooting steps fails to fix the problem then you should consider uninstalling the game then install a fresh version.

Uninstalling the game

  • Go to the Steam Library tab.
  • Right click on Elden Ring then click on Manage then uninstall.
  • Click on Uninstall again to uninstall the game.

Installing the game

  • Go to the Library tab.
  • Right click on Elden Ring then click on install.
  • Click next to proceed with the installation.

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