Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access is now available on Steam and the game has been praised for mixing “Divinity’s excess with old school BioWare magic“. While the game looks beautiful and offers more freedom than current reality, lots of people are unfortunately complaining about horrible lag and it crashing on startup. To help you actually play the game, here you’ll discover how to possibly fix the lag and crashing on launch issues for Baldur’s Gate 3.
While it’s true that Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently only available in Early Access format, you needn’t worry about the experience not being worth its AAA fee as it’s plenty long and there’s also lots of replayability through numerous classes, races, and choices.
However, while the game is plenty good and exactly what you’d expect (plus more) from the developers of Divinity Original Sin, none of it matters if you are struggling to actually play the game. To help you out, below you’ll discover how to possibly fix the lag and crashing on launch issues.
How to fix multiplayer lag for Baldur’s Gate 3
Switch from Vulkan to DX11 to fix single-player and multiplayer lag in Baldur’s Gate 3.
People have been complaining about single-player and multiplayer lag in Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access, and the fix of switching from Vulkan to DX11 has been provided by Larian Studios through a post on Steam.
Larian Studios say that a hotfix is on the way, but that you can temporarily switch from Vulkan to DX11 by clicking on the gear icon next to Play on the launcher, and then selecting DirectX 11 mode.
Some people on Reddit have said that the above fix worked for them, so hopefully it’s a workaround that resolves the issue with single-player and multiplayer lag for most.
How to fix Baldur’s Gate 3 crash on startup
If your Driver is up to date, then you can also possibly fix the Baldur’s Gate 3 crash on startup and crashing on launch issue by verifying the integrity of the game’s files.
Verifying the integrity of the game’s files will ensure that the game downloaded and installed properly, and you can verify on Steam by right clicking the game’s name, selecting Properties, Local Files, and then Verify at the bottom.
If the above methods still don’t fix the Baldur’s Gate 3 crash on startup and crashing on launch issue, then you might want to try right-clicking the game’s shortcut icon and selecting Run As Administrator. This has worked for troublesome games in the past such Microsoft Flight Simulator.
In addition to crashing on launch, players have also complained about the game freezing during gameplay.
Larian Studios’ post on Steam says to avoid saving during cinematics, and – in multiplayer – to avoid saving directly after combat.
Remember that the game is only in Early Access and that Larian Studios are working on fixes. You can follow them on Twitter to keep up to date.