Over the past three days, Battlefield 2042 has been crashing on the desktop constantly for me. I assumed there was nothing I could do but wait for the first patch, but maybe there’s an easy fix all along: If Battlefield 2042 keeps crashing or freezing, try using the “Verify integrity of game files” tool on Steam.
In Steam you can find the ‘Verify Integrity’ button by right clicking on the game in your library, selecting ‘Properties’ and navigating to the ‘Local Files’ tab. The tool will check that all your Battlefield 2042 files match the files you have, and it is not, it will automatically replace the missing or corrupted data.
If you have Battlefield 2042 on Origin, try right-clicking and using the “Repair” option, which is equivalent.
After running a check on my copy of Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition, which I preloaded prior to the November 12th Early Access release, Steam found a mismatch and downloaded 644.7KB to fix the problem. I haven’t had an accident since then.
The position on origin is less conclusive. Staff writer Morgan Parks is running the original version, and says that the “repair” tool may have downloaded something, but there are no records to indicate this. It may or may not have helped.
If you’re like me experiencing multiple crashes that end more than one hazard zone tragically early, hope this fix helps. If corrupt or missing data wasn’t your problem, try updating your video drivers if you haven’t already, or check support forum,
Having fun in the Hazard Zone now that @ELahti, @MorganRPark, and I get to enjoy it. pic.twitter.com/jufJRwmFT4November 14, 2021
I’m kicking myself a bit for not trying file validation right away. A few months ago I was having Rainbow Six Siege crashing every time the map was loaded, and also discovered that there were gaps in my local game data. In this case, I’ve just assumed that the crashes were part of the BF2042’s other launch issues (sometimes the lag in Conquest can be a little rough), but apparently that’s not the case.
Now that I can play without BF2042.exe eating it every 10 minutes, I should review over the next few days. There are some curious UI decisions and Portal is more limited than I expected, but I have a positive outlook for the BF2042, which is in stark contrast to what I’ve been seeing from other critics so far.
Concerning the tweet embedded above, we’re learning of a different kind of accident in the tornado and hazard zone over the weekend.