To fix the crash on launch issue with “The Finals,” various strategies can be employed. The issue seems to stem from several causes, including hardware compatibility, corrupted cache data, and potential problems related to a specific patch release.
The launch issues began following the release of patch 0.4.0. While this patch addressed several issues, including crashes and UI glitches, it inadvertently introduced a launching problem for some players. This issue may be attributed to damaged game files, corrupted cache data, or an incomplete installation of the patch. However, it is not inherently tied to the patch itself but rather to how it is installed on your PC.
Downclock Your CPU
If you’re using an Intel i9-13900K CPU (or potentially other 13th-gen Intel CPUs), a known bug with Unreal Engine 5 games like The Finals may cause crashes. The solution involves downclocking your CPU’s performance core multiplier from x55 to x54. This adjustment can be made in the BIOS or using an overclocking utility in Windows, such as the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility.
Installing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable
Before downloading a new package, check if you already have a version installed. Go to Control Panel → Programs → Programs and Features. Look for Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable in the list. If you find multiple versions, don’t worry. Some applications require specific versions.
Visit the official Microsoft website to download the latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package. Microsoft provides different versions (like 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2022). Usually, the latest version is backward compatible with applications requiring older versions.
Ensure you download the correct package for your system type (32-bit or 64-bit). You can check your system type by going to Settings → System → About on your Windows PC.
Run the downloaded executable file and follow the installation prompts. You might need to agree to a license agreement and specify installation locations.
After installation, restart your computer to ensure that all changes take effect.
Clearing Local Cache
Corrupted cache data can prevent the game from launching. To clear the local cache:
- Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
%LocalAppData%and press Enter.
- Navigate to the “AppData\Local” folder and delete the “The Finals” folder.
- Restart your PC.
Note: Corrupted or missing game files can also cause launch issues. Validating game files through Steam can resolve these problems. This is the very first thing you should do before trying any of our suggested fixes.
DirectX Settings Adjustment
You can try changing the game’s DirectX settings. Open Steam and go to the Library menu. Right-click on The Finals Playtest and select Properties. Open the General tab and in the Launch Options box, type
-d3d11 (without the quotes). This will force the game to run on DirectX 11 instead of the default DirectX 12.
Other general steps you should take resolve this issue are:
- Updating to the latest graphics card driver.
- Restarting your PC.
- Validating the game files in Steam.
- Reinstalling the game if necessary.
- Ensuring your system meets the minimum required specs for The Finals.
These solutions are among the best suggestions found, but they may not work in every case.