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Outriders Unreal Engine Crash: How to Fix

Numerous players on PC have been met with an error screen when trying to play Outriders.
Numerous players on PC have been met with an error screen when trying to play Outriders. | Photo by Square Enix

Seeing the Outriders Unreal Engine crash and wondering how to fix it? Numerous players on PC have been met with an error screen when trying to play Outriders. The error message reads, "An Unreal process has crashed: UE4-Madness."

Typically when this message appears it could mean that the entire game engine has crashed. It could also be an issue with the game's ability to connect to the servers. Outriders has dealt with persistent server issues since launching on April 1, making the true source of the error hard to pinpoint.

Outriders Unreal Engine Crash: How to Fix

If the issue truly is related to the server, then the only solution is to wait until they are functioning properly. If the error is actually related to the game engine crashing it will require some advanced troubleshooting. While these are not guaranteed to get the game working, here are some troubleshooting methods you can take to repair the game engine:

1. Verify game file integrity

There is a chance that the installed Outriders file and application could be corrupted and needs to be reinstalled.

2. Run the game as Administrator

Running the game on Administrator rather than on your personal user account for your computer will negate all file permissions, which could be getting in the way of launching Outriders.

3. Update RivaTuner and MSI Afterburner

These two programs are known to cause issues in numerous PC games, so keeping them updated is the best way to limit their impact.

4. Lower CPU core usage

Some users have reported that the UE4-Madness error often occurs when launching Outriders on a CPU with over 16 cores. The vast majority of computers have fewer than 16 cores, but owners of more powerful machines can use Ryzen Software to disable certain cores.

Outriders is the new third-person shooter RPG developed by People Can Fly and published by Square Enix. Though it was originally planned to implement crossplay across all platforms, this feature has been disabled due to a bug connecting PC and console players.