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Original story (published on December 6, 2022) follows:

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is the new co-op shooter where players need to take back the city of Tertium from hordes of bloodthirsty enemies.

However, there seems to be an issue with the game after the latest patch.

Warhammer Darktide crashing

According to multiple reports, Warhammer 40,000 Darktide players are facing performance related issues (mainly crashing) with the game (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9).

Darktide crashing

Darktide was reportedly running smoothly before the most recent patch, but now it constantly crashes in the middle of a game. Players can barely get through a mission without a crash, sometimes several.

The impacted players claim that while the game initially starts well, it gradually begins to stutter and finally crashes with an ‘Out of Memory’ error message.

Several gamers are experiencing this problem on high-end PCs, or at least ones that are over the recommended level. So this issue doesn’t appear to be due to low RAM.

I got the dec 2 nvidia drivers which were the latest last I checked, still crashing at around 50% level progress (if i tried to guess) it’s almost like a non-gpu related crash

It’s so bad. If you wanna experience the game crashing and re-booting more than actually playing, then this game is for you !!!

The potential reason behind this issue could be that there is a memory leak going on that eats up the RAM and makes the game stutter and eventually crash.

Memory leak, or something along those lines. It seems like the memory the game uses just keeps going up after each round, and barely drops back down back in the lobby. I sometimes just restart after a couple games.

Luckily, a Redditor has alleged that Warhammer 40,000 Darktide developers are aware of the crashing issue:

Warhammer Darktide crashing issue acknowledged

Potential workarounds

In the meantime, the following workaround has helped players fix this crashing issue that uses an Nvidia graphics card. It involves going into ‘Geforce Experience’ and then selecting ‘optimize settings’ for this game:

I had serious crashing issues as well, weirdly it was solved by loading Geforce Experience and using the “optimize settings” button on it. Before that it was crashing all the time.

Another one involves switching off Ray tracing. Here are the steps to do so:

Note: backup this file before editing it

1: Go to your C:\Users\[Your Username Folder]\AppData\Roaming\Fatshark\Darktide
2: Then right-click on the ‘user_settings.config’ file, select Open With, and choose the Notepad option

After that look for the following parameters and make the changes:

ray_tracing_quality = off
rt_light_quality = off
rtxgi_enabled = false

Make sure the file is ‘Read Only’ and then accept it.

Do let us know in the comments section below whether the aforementioned workarounds were successful in solving the issue.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this space as and when something noteworthy comes up.

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Update 1 (May 30, 2023)

09:40 am (IST): According to latest reports (1,2,3,4,5), multiple AMD graphics card owners are experiencing crashing issues on launching the game. Fortunately, the issue has been acknowledged.

Featured image source: Warhammer 40000: Darktide

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Karanjot Sidhu
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A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Here at Piunikaweb, I mostly cover Google Pixel deals and how-tos, though you may find me covering Pixel news as well sometimes. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.

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