Blog - February 8, 2024

How to fix Helldivers 2 not launching on Steam

On February 8, Hell diver 2 was finally released. Most players jumped right into the action, but some Steam users are experiencing annoying launch errors that keep them from getting going. Hell diver 2 from start.

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From developer Arrowhead Game Studios, Hell diver 2 was released on two platforms: PC and PlayStation 5. On PC, it is only available on Steam but not everyone can play it. Luckily, we have a solution that can help.

How to fix Hell diver 2 Steam launch error

Fight in the snow fields in Helldivers 2Some Steam players cannot start Hell diver 2. Image via Arrowhead Games

Multiplayer cannot play Hell diver 2 due to an unusual error appearing on Steam. Concerns were quickly posted to the game’s forums, including the Discord server, where one player may have found an effective solution. Follow these stepsbecause they have helped many users:

  • Download the latest Visual C++ Redistributable update from Microsoft’s site.
  • Run setup as administrator.
  • Update applications on your PC.
  • Then go to your local files on your PC and find it helldivers.exe in the Steam directory.
  • Run the game as administrator.
  • Clear, updating C++ to the latest version as admin then launching the game as admin should fix the problem. According to some players, if you don’t follow these steps, GameGuard’s anti-cheat feature cannot start properly, which causes the game to crash when you try to launch it.

    We hope the developer will release a fix for this issue (and others Hell diver 2 issue) in the coming days, as it is still very early after launch. However, if the above fix doesn’t work for you, give it a try Other common Steam fixesinclude:

    • Restart Hell diver 2.
    • Reinstall the game.
    • Restart your PC.
    • Verify files on Steam.

    If these don’t work, we recommend waiting for an official solution from the developer. We will update this article as soon as we learn of new fixes for the problem.