The moment you put on your headset, hold your breath, and just about to get lost in the New World, here comes the nightmare:

Almost every 10 minutes, New World crashes, hangs or freezes, all these make it almost impossible for you to keep playing the game. Yet you still hope that the New World might heal the wound itself and stop crashing.

But the crashing won’t magically disappear unless you do something. Here are some of the most common methods that you can use to fix the crashing New World.

How to fix the New World crashing problem

Here are some common fixes to the New World crashing problem. Please note that you don’t have to follow the steps in this exact order if you’ve already tried something yourself. Just start from one that you haven’t tried before, and then move further until you get the New World crashing problem fixed.

  1. Verify the integrity of New World game files
  2. Make changes to your graphics driver
  3. Change in-game graphics
  4. Check your system for updates
  5. Increase virtual memory
  6. Delete specific game files

Before we start the troubleshooting

Before we move forward, please first make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run New World. Otherwise, New World won’t run on your computer at all.

The minimum system requirements for New World:

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD CPU with 4 physical cores @ 3Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better
  • Disk: 7200 HDD
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection; Internet connection required to play

Read on to see how you can fix the New World crashing problem fast and easily.

1. Verify the integrity of New World game files

You can verify the integrity of the game files easily on Steam to see if this is why your New World crashes. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Restart your computer and launch Steam.
  2. Right-click New World in your Library, and select Properties….
  3. Then, select LOCAL FILES on the left and click Verify Integrity of game files….
  4. The verification process may take several minutes. Once it’s done, you have successfully verified the integrity of New World.

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2. Make changes to your graphics driver

2.1 Update your graphics card driver

When your game crashes, one of the first things you should do is to update your graphics card driver, since an up-to-date graphics driver always ensures the best gaming performance and fewer bugs.

To update your display card driver, here’s what you can do (please note that the following screenshots are taken on Windows 11, but the instructions work on Windows 10 as well):

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and X at the same time, select Device Manager.
  2. Double-click to expand the category Display adapters. Right-click your graphic card driver and click Update driver (the name of the graphics card can be different on your computer).
  3. Then click Search automatically for updated driver software.
  4. Wait for Windows to find the latest driver available for you.
  5. When the driver update is done, restart your computer for the change to take effect.
  6. Then check and see if the problem is fixed.

2.2 Update video card driver in Driver Techie

If Windows says that it’s already found the latest driver for you, so no newer drivers are found, then you should consider updating your video card driver in a different way with the help of Driver Techie.

Its ever-growing driver database allows you to always have access to the latest device drivers that you need. More importantly, Driver Techie simplifies the driver update process, so all it takes is just 3 clicks (for Pro users), and all your drivers are updated.

To use Driver Techie to find you the newest drivers:

  1. Download and install Driver Techie, then launch it.
  2. Click Scan Now.
  3. After the scan, click Update All. Then all your drivers will be updated automatically without you having to do anything else.

Please note that Update All is available for Pro subscribers only, otherwise, you can only manually update the driver one at a time. To see how to manually update the drivers one by one, please check this post.

If you’re a Pro user of Driver Techie, and need our technical support to help with the New World crashing problem, please feel free to contact <support@drivertechie.com>.

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3. Change in-game graphics

Another thing to try is to adjust the in-game graphics, and the best part is, you don’t even need to exit the game to do it. Here’s how:

  1. Click Settings on the top right corner. Select Visuals. Then set Object Details, Effects Details, Lighting Details, and more to Medium or Low levels.
  2. Go back to your game and see if it works.

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4. Check your system for updates

If your New World crashes only very recently, and you don’t recall any changes you made to your computer that can cause the crash, making sure that your Windows is up-to-date is also important. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and I at the same time. Then select Windows Update on the left sidebar.
  2. Click the Check for updates button.
  3. Download and install all updates you can find here.
  4. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
  5. After the computer restarts, check and see if the problem is solved.

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5. Increase virtual memory

Increasing the virtual memory of your computer allows you to run more programs at the same time without slowing down your system response time, hence, less crashing. Here’s how to increase the virtual memory:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and R at the same time, type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter.
  2. Click the Advanced tab. Then click Settings in the Performance section.
  3. Then click the Advanced tab, and click the Change button.
  4. Untick the box for Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  5. Then tick the box for Custom size, and fill in the fields for Initial size and Maximum size. Then click OK to save.
  6. Restart your computer after that.
  7. Check to see if the problem remains.

To decide what values to fill in here:

  • The value for the Initial size should be bigger than the Currently allocated one.
  • The value for the Maximum size field can be 3 x the value for your computer’s actual RAM. To check your computer RAM, press the Windows key and the Pause key together, then refer to the Installed RAM section. For instance, my RAM is 16 GB, and 1 GB = 100 MB, so the maximum size for me is 16 x 100 x 3 = 4800 MB.

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6. Delete specific game files

If you have tried the above-mentioned methods, but your New World still crashes, you can try deleting some game files.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and R at the same time, type %appdata% and hit Enter.
  2. Select the folder AGS > New World and delete the following files:
    • The savedata folder
    • The user_preload_settings file
  3. Once deleted, relaunch New World and check if the issue is resolved.

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Do the above methods help to fix the New World crashing problem? Do you have other suggestions that work? If so, please feel free to leave us a comment below.