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Prikkle Feb 11, 2018 @ 5:08am
Steam Crash after start
Hey, I bought Overgrowth 2 Days ago and played it for like 1 1/1h. Today I cant launch the game anymore via Steam. After I click play Steam crashes after like 5 seconds. But if I start the .exe File in the Game folder it works :/

PC Specs if needed:

Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Inten core i5 4460 @3,20ghz
24Gb ram
ASUS Nvidia geforce gtx 1060 6gb
1+2 TB HDD
Originally posted by kavika:
I have marked this as the answer to make it easier for folks to find.

We have solved this for several people via email, but the problem does seem to be different for different people, and it seems a small subset of people cannot solve the problem with these instructions. We're looking for more information still.

Please try some of the below fixes, and email us if it still isn't working.

Some things you can try:
  • If Steam crashes when you launch the game: try running the game directly. Open
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Overgrowth
    and double click on Overgrowth.exe
  • If you can run it straight from the install dir, try disabling the Shader Pre-Caching feature:
    Steam -> Settings -> Shader Pre-Caching -> uncheck Enable Shader Pre-Caching
    Delete this folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\shadercache\25000
  • If you're getting an error in "modconfig.xml", check the instructions just below
  • If you're getting some other error message, please reply below and include the text of that error. You can click on the error dialog and hit CTRL + C to copy it to your clipboard, and paste it into the reply

If you're not seeing an error message at all, and Steam isn't crashing when you run the game, try these steps:

  • Reboot and try running the game again
  • Try running the game directly instead of through Steam (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Overgrowth\Overgrowth.exe)
  • Try unplugging all game controllers before running the game
  • Try disabling third-party programs, especially antivirus, or anything that displays an in-game overlay (the Steam overlay, Shadowplay, game "speed booster" software, gaming headset/headphone controls, screen capture/screen recording software)
  • Try updating your GPU driver software. You might need to do a "clean" reinstall of your drivers, since sometimes GPU driver installs get partially broken, and work for some games but not others.

**If you're getting an error in modconfig.xml**

If you're seeing the error: "Could not open file: C:/Users/<my username>/Documents/Wolfire/Overgrowth/modconfig.xml.", then try disabling "Controlled Folder Access" in the Windows Defender Security Center Settings:


If disabling this setting solves the problem for you, you can re-enable the folder protection setting, then "Allow an app through Controlled folder access", and select the Overgrowth executable. By default, the executable is installed to: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Overgrowth\Overgrowth.exe"

Note that this is *only* if you have an error referring to "modconfig.xml". If you aren't seeing this error, then you're probably experiencing a different problem.

**Edited to ask for more info**

This problem of both Steam and Overgrowth crashing on launch is a difficult problem for us to troubleshoot because we've tried several things, and have not been able to reproduce the problem locally.

Thanks to the several people who have sent in their reports via email. We'll be getting some additional troubleshooting steps and questions to you folks over the next day or so.

Anyone who wants to help us get to the bottom of this problem, please reply or send us an email with this info:

- Did you get an error message? If so, what exactly does it say? Or if you're not getting an error message, that is interesting too.
- Are you using any non-Microsoft antivirus?
- Are you using a "limited" user account to log in to windows? (one that doesn't have admin priveleges)
- Are you using Microsoft One Drive?
- Did you install your game somewhere besides C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Overgrowth?
- Are you using Windows 10 (I assume yes, but just want to make sure)
- Are you using a 32 bit version of Windows, or 64 bit?
- Are you using a non-us-english locale for the OS?
- Does your Windows username contain any non-ascii characters?
- Do you have any game controllers plugged in?

You could also get us much more detailed information on this problem if you are willing to root around in windows "Event Viewer". Open the windows Event Viewer and see if you have any entries for Steam or for Overgrowth: https://steamcommunity.com/app/387990/discussions/0/405692224241302769/ - if you see any such entries, you can attach them in an email to us.

If you are emailing, send it to email bugs@wolfire.com. Please describe the problem in the email, so we can link it to this issue. Attach your hwreport.txt and logfile.txt, and if the game produces a crash folder, please zip it up and attach that as well. Here's how to find those files on your computer: http://wiki.wolfire.com/index.php/How_To_Report_a_Bug_in_Overgrowth

We have also done some fixes in our "nightly" build that *might* solve this path problem. If you want to try that out, go to your game library -> right click Overgrowth -> Properties -> Betas tab -> switch from "NONE" to "internal_testing" and hit OK. Then wait for the download to finish, and then launch the game.

Note that internal_testing is our most up to date work, and hasn't undergone a full test pass yet. We don't recommend people stay on internal_testing, since it will likely break scripting mods, and have new bugs that haven't been resolved yet, but it is pretty useful if you want to check out brand new features and very recent bug fixes for older problems.
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kavika Feb 12, 2018 @ 2:45pm 
Check my response below for more detailed help:

Someone asked us about this the other day, but I hadn't heard of a problem like this before then. They weren't seeing mods they had subscribed to from the Steam Workshop, too, so in their case I suspected it was a Steam specific problem (and probably nothing we can actually do anything about on our end).

You could try making sure your Steam downloads aren't paused, and that all downloads have finished. You could try rebooting, and setting Steam to "offline" mode as well.
Last edited by kavika; Feb 28, 2018 @ 2:06pm
Jelloz Feb 23, 2018 @ 12:08pm 
Received the game in Humble Bundle, opening game from steam shows regular window "preparing to launch Overgrowth". Then nothing. Steam client even shuts itself down. (PC specs: I5-8600K GTX1070 16 GB RAM.)
Edit: running game exe directly works fine.
Time to kick in some bunny teeth.
Last edited by Jelloz; Feb 23, 2018 @ 12:18pm
Fraudgj Feb 23, 2018 @ 6:10pm 
Game crashes STEAM immediately [TEMPORARY FIX]
Whenever I launch the game, not only does it close immediately before anything happens, it closes the entire steam app as well. I have to re-open steam every time I try to launch this game

EDIT: Running the game out of your steam folder as an admin is currently the only way to get this game to run. It's fine now that the game works but it's unnaceptable that a released game has a gamebreaking bug that not everyone necessarily knows how to fix.
Last edited by Fraudgj; Feb 26, 2018 @ 11:13pm
Cass Feb 24, 2018 @ 12:26am 
Same here
Vampyre™ Feb 24, 2018 @ 4:51am 
One more here :steamsad::steamsad::steamsad:
Guybru5h Feb 24, 2018 @ 5:58am 
Me too
wataru Feb 24, 2018 @ 6:11am 
The same problem here: just installed the game. If started via steam, the "Preparing to lunch Overgrowth" window appears and after few seconds steam crashes.
Draggeta Feb 24, 2018 @ 9:30am 
belzecue Feb 24, 2018 @ 9:38am 
Same problem. Installed game, but every time I try to run it, it behaves exactly as wataru describes. Running Win10-1703.

EDIT: validating game files, all ok; disabling steam client overlay, no change.
Last edited by belzecue; Feb 24, 2018 @ 9:47am
anticharm Feb 24, 2018 @ 10:14am 
SnowMan Feb 24, 2018 @ 11:24am 
Same here:angry_creep:
SnowMan Feb 24, 2018 @ 11:25am 
Crashes on start here also. No Mods 1st start no install
Last edited by SnowMan; Feb 24, 2018 @ 11:26am
FranckM Feb 24, 2018 @ 11:55am 
Same issue no mods and first start in the last couple of months
Monoform Feb 24, 2018 @ 12:07pm 
Identical problem here (fresh install, validated files, no mods). Get the 'Launching Overgrowth' dialogue and then Steam quits. Runs fine manually running the .exe from the folder.
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