If you are having problems with crashing, freezing and launching Forspoken on your Windows computer? You're not alone. While Forspoken is has been highly anticipated it has been released in a typical fashion, as a poorly optimised game that relies on insane PC specs to work half decently. Thankfully, there are solutions to fix these problems. In this guide, we will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to fix Forspoken crashing on Windows.
Forspoken, the highly-anticipated action role-playing game developed by Luminous Productions and published by Square Enix, was released on January 24, 2023, for PlayStation 5 and Windows PCs. The game is set in an open-world format, and players take on the role of Frey, a character with access to a variety of magical spells.
As seems to be the tradition with video game launches these days, players are reporting a truckload of problems including game crashes, extreme frame rate fluctuations, stuttering, lagging, bugs and just about everything else you have experienced in a bad game launch. (Think Cyberpunk)
Again these crashes can occur at any point during play and can be caused by a variety of factors such as compatibility issues with the player's computer, outdated drivers, but more than likely or problems with the game's code. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to solve some of these issues or at least reduce their severity and frequency until the game is properly patched.
Check your hardware meets the Minimum Requirements for Forspoken.
OS: Windows® 10 64-bit (After November 2019 Update) or Windows® 11 64-bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600 (3.7GHz or better) / Intel® Core™ i7-3770 (3.7GHz or better)
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT 8GB / NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 6 GB VRAM
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 150 GB available space
Additional Notes: 720p 30fps
The requirements are pretty extreme and generally point to lazy developing hopping to cover terrible optimization with high-end hardware. It’s on the opposite end of the scale with DOOM Eternal holding top spot.
Uninstall and reinstall your Graphics Drivers and make sure you are using the latest drivers available.
Don’t just uninstall and reinstall your drivers using the standard procedure, use Display Driver Uninstaller. DDU is the go-to software for nearly all graphical issues for both NVIDIA and AMD products.
- First, download DDU Display Driver Uninstaller.
- Before you use DDU, make sure you have downloaded the latest graphics drivers from your computer or graphics card manufacturer's website (usually the support page). You can find the NVIDIA catalogue here. And the AMD catalogue is here.
- Once you have done this, turn off your Internet connection and run DDU. Make sure that you enable the tick box next to Remove GeForce Experience (GFE) when it appears. This is important.
- After a system restart, install the driver software and enable your internet connection again.
- This will make sure that Windows doesn’t try to install a generic driver in the background.
Once you have reinstalled GeForce Experience you’ll be able to update your graphics/video drivers without any issues. If the problem returns just repeat the process again.
Disable any Overclocking to stop Forspoken crashing.
If you are running an Overclock on your computer this is the first thing you need to disable. Once you have disabled it, check to see if Forspoken stops crashing. Start with your GPU overclock, then check your CPU overlock, followed by any RAM overclocking. If this does solve your crashing problem, you may need to reevaluate your overclock settings.
Lower your in-game graphics settings, then build them back up slowly.
Another very good fix is to lower your Forspoken in-game graphics settings. Start from the absolute lowest settings (use the resolution you want don’t change this) Then slowly work your way up to higher graphical settings until you find the sweet spot where the game stops crashing.
Wait for the game to be updated/patched and optimised like it should have been before release.
Games release so poorly these days I’m surprised people still pre-order them and jump on first-day releases. 90% of games that get released these days are a hot mess on launch, yet gamers pay top dollar for the experience. In reality you’re better off waiting a couple of months for the issues to be fixed and potentially even picking the game up on sale. Companies will never change their approach until gamers stop buying unfished products.