Fix Dragon's Dogma 2 Not Launching [Possible Solutions]

Oliver updated on Apr 15, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction


Dragon's Dogma 2 is a popular RPG that was recently released by Capcom. It has received widespread praise from global players for its outstanding content and innovative gameplay design. However, many players reported that Dragon's Dogma 2 not launching or loading on their PC. Some may be able to enter the game but encounter Dragon's Dogma 2 crash or not loading after playing for a while.

Despite those basic troubleshooting methods, here in this article from EaseUS, we collect some workable solutions that might actually fix the Dragon's Dogma 2 won't launch issue on your PC.

5 Solutions to Dragon's Dogma 2 Not Launching

The Dragon's Dogma 2 not launching issue is most likely due to weak optimization with the game itself rather than the player's system or hardware. However, you can try the following to see if you can fix the problem and play the game seamlessly.

  1. Fix 1. Reinstall GPU Driver
  2. Fix 2. Reinstall Direct X
  3. Fix 3. Delete CrashReport.exe
  4. Fix 4. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
  5. Fix 5. Modify Graphics Settings

Fix 1. Reinstall GPU Driver

According to some players on Reddit, they fixed the Dragon's Dogma 2 not launching/loading issues by uninstalling and reinstalling the GPU drivers. Here are the steps:

Step 1. In the Windows search bar, search for Device Manager and open it.

Step 2. Navigate to "Display adapters," right-click on your GPU, and select "Properties."

Step 3. In the pop-up window, go to the "Driver" tab and choose "Roll Back Driver" or "Uninstall Device" to delete the GPU driver.

Step 4. After this, go to the websites of NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel to download and install the corresponding driver for your PC.

Step 5. Then, reboot your computer and see if you can run Dragon's Dogma 2 without crashing.

If you are using NVIDIA GPU, you should then open NVIDIA Control Panel and go to "Manage 3D Settings" > "Program Settings." Then, find or add Dragon's Dogma 2 and set the Shader Cache Size as "Unlimited."

If you are using a dual NVIDIA / Intel GPU, you can also try this method shared by a Reddit user:

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Fix 2. Reinstall Direct X

Microsoft DirectX is a Windows component that manages tasks related to video and gaming. If there are errors like "DSOUND.dll is missing," or your DirectX is outdated, you may find Dragon's Dogma 2 not loading normally.

Step 1. Go to Microsoft's official website to acquire DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer.

Step 2. Ensure your PC is connected to the internet, and then launch the setup program to install DirectX and let it download essential modules.


Step 3. After the installation, run Dragon's Dogma 2 and see if the issue still exists.

Step 4. If not, go to the game folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dragons Dogma 2 Character Creator and open the "config" file.

Step 5. Find TargetPlatform=DirectX12 and replace it with TargetPlatform=DirectX11, then save it.

Now, run the game to check if you can launch it.

If these methods are workable for you, don't forget to share this page with other players.


Fix 3. Delete CrashReport.exe

If you can't launch Dragon's Dogma 2 or your computer freezes when playing the game or loading a scene, you can try this method shared by a player on the Steam community. Some players said they fixed the issue after doing so.

Step 1. Go to the game folder of Dragon's Dogma 2. (Default folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dragons Dogma 2)

Step 2. Find CrashReport.exe and delete it from your computer.

Step 3. Try to launch the game and wait patiently to see if it works.

Fix 4. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Dragon's Dogma 2 won't launch can be caused by fullscreen optimizations. This feature may cause a black screen while gaming or during launching. You can try to run DD2 in compatibility mode.

Step 1. Go to your game folder (Default folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dragons Dogma 2) and find "DD2.exe."

Step 2. Right-click on it and choose "Properties."

Step 3. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and tick "Run this program in compatibility mode (Windows 8)," "Disable fullscreen optimizations," and "Run this program as an administrator."


Step 4. Now, open Steam and right-click on Dragon's Dogma 2. Select "Properties" > "General" and input -windowed in the box under LAUNCH OPTIONS.


After these, run DD2, and you should be able to launch it successfully.

Fix 5. Modify Graphics Settings

You can also try to modify certain Windows graphics settings to allow your computer to normally enter Dragon's Dogma 2. Follow the guide below to set an appropriate modification.

Step 1. Press "Windows" + "I" to open Windows Settings.

Step 2. Go to "Gaming" > "Game Mode" and make sure it's set to "On." Then, go to "Graphics" under related settings.


Step 3. Select Dragon's Dogma 2 from the apps list, hit "Options," and choose "High performance."


Step 4. Then, go to "Change default graphics settings" and turn on the "Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling" and "Optimizations for windowed games" options.

Some players are able to launch Dragon's Dogma 2 but encounter the game crash after playing for a while or during the character creation. If you are facing such issues, check the following page for solutions.

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It is distressing when you can't play Dragon's Dogma 2. But worry not. We collect five possible solutions in this article that might be able to help you fix Dragon's Dogma 2 not launching. Don't hesitate to share these solutions with your friends so that they can enter the game like you.


FAQs on Dragon's Dogma 2 Not Launching

Below are some related FAQs about the Dragon's Dogma 2 that you might be interested in.

1. Why does Dragon's Dogma 2 keep crashing?

The most possible reason why Dragon's Dogma 2 keeps crashing is the weak optimization of the game. But low-end hardware, outdated drivers, incorrect graphics settings, or program conflicts can also lead to the crash issue.

2. What engine does Dragons Dogma 2 use?

Dragons Dogma 2 uses an expanded version of RE Engine, the same one that has been used in the remake and new Resident Evil series, Monster Hinter Rise, and Devil May Cry 5.

3. Can you play Dragon's Dogma 2 without playing 1?

You can play Dragon's Dogma 2 without playing Dragon's Dogma 1 since the story of them are not related. It's a different world with different characters and stories.

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