How to Fix New World Not Launching on Steam Errors? Tips & Tricks

Amazon’s latest MMORPG New World is one of the most popular AAA titles of 2021 and is adored immensely by players worldwide. If you also wish to start your adventurous journey in the magical land of Aeturnum but just can’t get the Steam to launch New World, or if it keeps crashing, here is how to fix it! 

Before starting with the more complicated fixes, ensure that you have a stable internet connection and give your system a classic restart. Once done, let us start with changing the game’s resolution to solve its launching issues. 

1. Change New World’s Launching Resolution to 1920 x 1080 

To change New World’s launching resolution to 1920 x 1080 in Steam without launching the game itself, follow the below-mentioned steps: 

  1. Launch Steam. 
  1. Go to Library. 
  1. Navigate to New World from the game panel on your screen’s left side. 
  1. Right-Click on New World and select Properties. 
  1. Now, type “-w 1920 -h 1080” in the Launch Options under the General category. 
  1. Launch New World. 
How to Fix New World Not Launching on Steam Errors? Tips & Tricks
Launch Options Under the General Category

This fix permanently sets the launching resolution of the game to 1920 x 1080. After applying this fix, New World should launch immediately. If the game is still not launching, you should try running it in compatibility mode.  

2. New World Settings for Compatibility Mode 

  1. Make a shortcut for the New World. (optional) 
  1. Right-click on the New World shortcut and select properties. 
  1. Now, select the Compatibility tab in this window. 
  1. Tick override high DPI scaling behavior and choose Scaling performed by (Application) in the drop-down menu. 
  1. Tick Disable Fullscreen optimizations. 
  1. Tick Run this program as an administrator. 
  1. Hit “Apply” in the bottom right, and you are good to go. 

Once the game boots in compatibility mode, you can lower the in-game video and graphic settings to run it in regular mode later. If this fix doesn’t work as well, you should verify your game files’ integrity in Steam. 

3. Verifying Integrity of the Game Files in Steam 

Players can fix the New World’s “not launching on Steam” issues by verifying the integrity of the game files. To do so: 

  1. Launch Steam. 
  1. Right-click on the icon of New World in your Steam library. 
  1. From the drop-down menu, select “Properties.” 
  1. Select the Local Files tab, and 
  1. Click the “Verify integrity of game files” button. 
  1. Wait for the process to complete and then relaunch the game. 
How to Fix New World Not Launching on Steam Errors? Tips & Tricks
Verify Integrity of Game Files

4. Update Graphic Card Driver 

If New World still doesn’t launch, maybe it is time to move our attention from Steam to your graphic card. First of all, make sure that your graphic card driver is up to date. Download and install the latest drivers for both NVIDIA and AMD from the links below. 

After updating your graphic card driver, it is time to optimize your GPU settings. 

5. GPU Optimization for Launching New World 

I. AMD Graphics Card Settings 

  1. Right-click on empty desktop space and open AMD Radeon Settings Control Panel. 
  1. Choose the Global Graphics option to change the graphics card settings for your games. 
  1. Now, turn off Radeon Anti-Lag, Radeon Chill, Radeon Boost, and Vertical Refresh.  
  1. Disable Image Sharpening, Anisotropic Filtering, Maximum Tessellation Level, Frame Rate Target Control, and OpenGL Triple Buffering.  
  1. Turn on Surface Format Optimization. 
  1. In the GPU Workload setting, select Graphics Mode
  1. In the Texture Filtering Quality option, select Performance Mode
  1. Lastly, set Tessellation and Shader Cache to AMD Optimized mode

II. NVIDIA Graphics Card Settings 

  1. Right-click on empty desktop space and open NVIDIA Control Panel. 
  1. Select the Manage 3D Settings tab on the left. 
  1. Select New World from the Program List.  
  1. If the game is not showing up in the list, click the browse button, find the game’s installation directory, and select the .exe file for it. (Optional) 
  1. Now, Toggle the power management mode to performance mode to ensure maximum GPU performance. 
  1. Turn off Image Sharpening mode
  1. Set the Max Pre-Rendered Frames value to 1
  1. Set the Display Mode to Single Display Performance Mode
  1. In the Texture Filtering Quality option, select the Performance Mode.  

After applying these optimizations, New World should launch. 

6. Easy Anti-Cheat Error in New World 

If your game is launching but crashing immediately after it, and giving out an error titled Steam must be running… you should altogether terminate Steam using the “End Task” option in Task Manager and then relaunch it to fix the error. If the issue persists, you should try the following trick. 

7. How to fix the “Steam must be running…” error in New World? 

To fix the “Steam must be running…” error: 

  1. Launch Steam. 
  1. Go to Library. 
  1. Navigate to New World from the game panel on your screen’s left side. 
  1. Right-Click on New World and select Browse Local Files in the Manage option. 
  1. In the local files, select and run the EasyAntiCheat_Setup. 
  1. After the setup loads, click the Repair Service option. 
How to Fix New World Not Launching on Steam Errors? Tips & Tricks
Click the Repair Service Option

After completing all these steps, New World should launch as usual. 

8. Upgrade System Hardware to Run New World 

If none of these fixes work for you, then it is possible that your system is unable to run a hefty hardware demanding game like New World. 

Here are the Minimum and Recommended PC requirements for running New World. Try upgrading your RAM, Hard Drives, and GPU to a better version or add a Solid-State Drive (SSD) to your PC. 

Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
OS Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
Processor Intel Core™ i5-2400 / AMD CPU with 4 physical cores @ 3Ghz Intel Core™ i7-2600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
Memory 8 GB 16 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390X or bette
DirectX Version 12 Version 12
Storage 35 GB 35 GB
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9. About New World

New World is an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Amazon Games set to be released on August 31, 2021. The game was previously scheduled to release in May 2020 but was delayed to its current date.

Set in the mid-1600s, players colonize a fictional land known as Aeternum Island, modeled after North and South Americas in the Atlantic Ocean. The game will be using a buy-to-play business model, meaning there will be no monthly subscription fee.

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