How to fix Stray crashing at launch on PC?

Is Stray crashing at launch? Here's your guide to fixing the dreaded UE4-HK_project error that prevents you from playing the game.

It has been a couple of days since Stray made its launch across PlayStation consoles and PC. BlueTwelve Studio's amazing cat adventure game has done a wonderful job since then with more than 50 thousand concurrent players. While it is such a great adventure game, it does not come without problems. A great number of players report that Stray is crashing at launch on PC.

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If you encounter the following crash error when you start Stray, follow the simple steps below to get the game running without issues.

7 Possible Fixes to Stray Crashing Error on PC

Before we proceed with the methods below, make sure that your PC meets the system requirements of the game. If you encounter the dreaded LowLevelFatalError, try verifying the integrity of game files, updating your GPU drivers, and adding the dxvk.dll file into Stray's installation directory.

1. Verify the integrity of Stray's game files.

Steam can scan the game file to see if there is missing data. It can also fix corrupted files which will save you from uninstalling the game altogether.

  • Run Steam.
  • Find and right-click on Stray in Library.
  • Click on Properties.
  • Navigate to the Local Files menu.
  • Click on Verify integrity of game files.
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Update GPU drivers.

Keeping your graphics card drivers up to date will make sure that you are making the most of your GPU. Manufacturers release new updates to optimize the card's performance on new titles. Running the outdated versions can be the cause of HK_project error as well.

If you have an NVIDIA GPU, download GeForce Experience and run the software.

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  • Click on Drivers on the menu.
  • Click on Download if there is a new update.

If you have an AMD GPU, download AMD Software from the official website of the manufacturer.

  • Run AMD Software.
  • Navigate to the Driver and Software section at the right side of the screen.
  • Click on Check for Updates.

Disable fullscreen optimizations.

Windows offers fullscreen optimizations to offer a smooth gaming experience. While it was meant to enhance your gaming sessions, it is a known fact that it can also be the reason why you encounter such errors.

A great number of users have reported that disabling fullscreen optimizations have increased their FPS or fixed the crashing error instead. Here's how to disable these optimizations:

  • Right-click on Stray.
  • Click on Properties.
  • Select Compatibility.
  • Check the box next to Disable fullscreen optimizations.
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Run the game as administrator.

Running a certain game with admin rights can fix certain crashing errors. Let's see if it works for Stray crashing at launch error as well.

  • Go to the installation directory of the game.
  • If you installed the game from Steam, the directory should be at Windows (C:)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stray.
  • Find the game's icon in the folder.
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  • Right-click on Stray and click on Properties.
  • Check Run this program as administrator to run the game admin rights every time you open it.

Disable Steam and Discord overlay.

Certain app overlays allow us to keep connected with our friends and family. For example, the Steam overlay is a great way to open a browser without having to Alt-Tab out of the game. While both Steam and Discord overlays are great for accessibility while gaming, they are usually notorious for resulting in various issues.

Here's how to disable Steam and Discord overlay.

  • Click on Steam at the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select In-Game.
  • Uncheck Enable the Steam Overley while in-game.
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  • Open Discord Settings and click on Game Overlay under Activity Settings.
  • Uncheck Enable in-game overlay.
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Turn off MSI Afterburner.

MSI Afterburner is a graphics card utility that allows you to overlock your graphics card. It also serves as a monitoring window as it displays important information on your GPU's current state while gaming. While it is quite useful software, it can dampen your gaming experience as well.

Although its impact on the CPU is not huge, it can increase the FPS and may fix the frustrating crashing issue of Stray.


We have listed all the possible fixes to the crashing error. If the issue persists even after trying the methods above, it is best to wait for an update. You can also send a crash report to the developers.

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