How to Fix Hades Crashing on PC

Hades is a rogue-style action RPG for Windows, macOS, and Nintendo Switch. The game had an early access release in December 2018 but was officially completely launched on 17 September 2020. Moreover, since the game was released as early access there were a lot of games crashes along the way.


The developers of Hades remained active all this time replying to the feedback of users with a compliant server on Discord and a subreddit on Reddit. Also, the solutions provided here have been directly provided by Hades developers. Other solutions are from users who followed the developers’ other instructions.

Update Graphics Drivers

More often than not the reason for a game crash will be outdated graphics drivers. The reason is that games are programmed to start updating when an update is pushed and the game is launched. On the other hand, drivers are only updated when Windows is updated in the case of Microsoft Windows. To update your graphics driver

  1. First, launch device manager by typing Device Manager after pressing the Windows key.
    Device Manager
  2. Then expand Display adapters.
  3. To update the desired driver, double-click on its name and go to the Driver tab.
  4. Click on Update Driver.
    Driver Update
  5. After this, click on Search automatically for updated driver software. This will search for an updated driver file on your computer and update automatically.
  6. If no drivers are found click on Browse my computer for driver software.
  7. For this option, you will have to manually choose a driver. You can download the graphics drivers online as there are only three manufacturers, namely Nvidia, Intel, and AMD. The driver files usually end in .INF.
  8. Next, click on Browse and navigate to the driver location on your computer.
    Manually install driver
  9. Click Next and after a while, Windows will tell you that the drivers have been updated.
    Driver Updated

In the case of updated drivers, Windows will tell you that the updated drivers for this device are already installed. This means the issue is not with the graphics drivers, but with the game itself. For solutions in such a case, refer to the solutions listed below.

Change Game Launch Command

This issue is linked with the game sound engine for the x86 version. In addition to this, computers with ~4GB of ram were also facing issues. The solution provided in this case was to change the game launch commands from the game settings on Steam. For this matter

  1. First, right-click on the game title in the Steam library.
  2. Then, click on Properties.
    Game Properties
  3. Under the General tab, click on SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.
    Game Launch Commands
  4. Lastly, enter the command /AllowVoiceBankStreaming=false. Click on OK and then
  5. Launch the game. Hopefully, the issue will have been resolved.

Disable Steam Overlay

There were reports from the users that after playing the game for around 5 minutes, the game would freeze. The sound would come from the game, but the screen had gone black. The developers informed that this was in issue with the Steam overlay not loading properly within the game. Most of the time this doesn’t cause any issues and players can switch between their game and the Steam overlay with ease. The solution suggested for this issue was to disable the Steam overlay in-game. To do that

  1. First, right-click on the game title in the Steam library.
  2. Then, click on Properties.
    Game Properties
  3. Lastly, under the General tab uncheck Enable the Steam overlay while in-game.
    Uncheck Steam Overlay
  4. Click on OK and then Close.

Verify Files with Steam

There were also reported issues with the save files of the game. Usually, save files can be recovered by resetting to previous versions. This solution was not working in this case. Moreover, selecting the particular save file in-game kept crashing the game. Many users suggested that the problem was with some other game files and to verify all game files with Steam. To perform verification using Steam

  1. First, right-click on the game title in the Steam library.
  2. Then, click on Properties.
    Game Properties
  3. Under the Local Files tab click on VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES.
    Verify Files
  4. Consequently, Steam will run a verification of all files of the selected game.
  5. If there are issues with any file, Steam will reacquire those files.
  6. Close the Properties and Launch the game.

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