[Updated] Star Citizen throwing 'error code 16008' or not launching issue under investigation

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on July 29, 2022) follows:

Star Citizen is an upcoming space living simulator video game. It is designed as an MMO which means that you’ll be in an online universe with other human players.

It also allows you to team up with your friends and create your own adventure. Additionally, NPCs (non-player characters) will be there to keep a balance of the economics in the game.

Star Citizen throwing ‘error code 16008’

However, according to multiple reports, many Star Citizen players are currently unable to access the game as they are getting ‘error code 16008’ at launch (1,2,3,4,5,6,7).

This issue seems to be limited to Star Citizen players based in the US, as others around the world are able to access the game without this error message.

error 16008
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Hello, me and my buddy were really looking forward to playing SC after the wipe happened, but ever since the update we cant get into the game. We get just past the splash screen and then get blackscreens with an error saying failed to load character data.

I would love to enjoy but no matter what I do, I keep getting error 16008. Unfortunately, haven’t been able to interact with any in game events because I’m always having issues. I’ve logged out and back in multiple times, reinstalled the game 3 times today, reset account, nothin.

One of the players tried logging out and then back in, even reinstalled the game but neither resolved the issue.

Issue under investigation

On the brighter side, the Star Citizen team has already acknowledged this problem and is currently working on it.

Star Citizen issue acknowleged

However, they did not share any timeline of when the fix will be released. From the looks of it, it seems Star Citizen players will have to wait a few more hours before they are able to play again.

Potential workarounds

In the meantime, Star Citizen US players can use a VPN and select a different region to access the game.

Star Citizen Workaround

We will be keeping tabs on the matter and update this article as and when we come across more information so make sure you keep checking this space.

Update 1 (August 01)

05:28 pm (IST): According to Star Citizen status page, the issue with ‘error code 16008’ has now been resolved.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated gaming section, so make sure to follow them as well.

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Karanjot Sidhu

A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.