Does nothing happen when you click on Play? You’re definitely not alone here. Many Far Cry 6 players are reporting the same. If Far Cry 6 won’t launch, below are some troubleshooting steps for you.

Far Cry 6 won’t launch? Here’s why

  • You’re using Windows 10. Ubisoft recommends using Windows 10 if possible instead.
  • Your system is not up to date. Make sure you perform a complete Windows update.
  • The GPU driver (sometimes your audio drivers, too) is faulty, outdated. Always keep your GPU driver updated to the latest game-ready version.
  • Conflicting apps (especially third-party antivirus software). Restart your PC without any start-ups.
  • Overlay features. It’s recommended to disable all overlays.
  • Lack of administrative privileges. Run Far Cry 6 and your launcher as an administrator.
  • The game itself is buggy. Wait for the next game patch if nothing is wrong on your end. Or contact Ubisoft Support for further assistance.
Please make sure you’re running the latest version of the Windows system and avoid any kind of overclocking before heading to the fixes below.

How to fix Far Cry 6 not launching on PC?

Below are some exact troubleshooting steps to fix the ‘Far Cry 6 not launching’ issue. You don’t have to try them all; just walk your way down until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Make sure your gear meets the minimum requirements
  2. Run your game as admin
  3. Verify your games files
  4. Update your GPU driver
  5. Turn off overlays
  6. Disable background applications

Fix 1. Make sure your gear meets the minimum requirements

If your system does not meet the requirements, this will most likely be the cause of any performance issues you may be experiencing.

Note that the minimum requirement depends on your game settings. For example, you will need a much more powerful processor and video card with Ray-Tratracing on.

Minimum requirements (30fps)

OSWindows 10
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 1200 @ 3. Ghz or Intel Core i5-4460 @ 3.1 Ghz
Memory8 GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 460 (4 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (4 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12
Hard Drive60 GB available storage
OSWindows 10 (64-bit versions)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600X @ 3.8 Ghz or Intel Core i7-7700 @ 3.6 Ghz
Memory16 GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX Vega 64 (8 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12
Hard Drive60 GB available storage
OSWindows 10 (64-bit versions)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600X @ 3.8 Ghz or Intel Core i7-9700K @ 3.6 Ghz
Memory16 GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 5700XT (8 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12
Hard Drive60 GB available storage
OSWindows 10 (64-bit versions)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5600X @ 3.7 Ghz or Intel Core i5-10600K @ 4.1 Ghz
Memory16 GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 6900XT (16 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12
Hard Drive60 GB available storage
OSWindows 10 (64-bit versions)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5900X @ 3.7 Ghz or Intel Core i7-10700K @ 3.8 Ghz
Memory16 GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 6800 (16 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB)
DirectX: DirectX 12
DirectXDirectX 12
Hard Drive60 GB available storage

Fix 2. Run your game as admin

In case lacking administrative privileges cause your Far Cry 6 not to start, we recommend that you run the game executable file and game launcher (Ubisoft Connect / Epic Games Launcher) as an administrator.

  1. Close any game-related apps. Then Right-click your Ubisoft Connect and select Properties.
  2. Go to the Compatibility tab and
    run ubisoft as admin
  3. Click Apply > OK.
  4. Also, repeat the step 1~2 for the Far Cry.exe file.

Try restarting the game and see if it helps with the ‘Far Cry 6 not launching’ issue. If not, don’t worry since we have a few more fixes to try.

Fix 3. Verify your games files

Corrupted game files can cause your game not to launch, and it’s easily done by verifying your game files. Here’s how:

Close Ubisoft Connect, and then go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher and delete the Cache folder.

Launch Ubisoft Connect and check if Far Cry 6 still crashes like before. If this method doesn’t work, you can uninstall Ubisoft Connect to further troubleshoot the problem. But remember to make a backup beforehand.

To install Ubisoft Connect PC:

  1. Download the latest version of Ubisoft Connect PC.
  2. Run the installer you downloaded with administrator rights.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Fix 4. Update your GPU driver

If you’re using a faulty or outdated GPU driver, you will get constant game crashes while playing Far Cry 6. This is especially the case if you’re using a 30 series graphics card.

AMD and NVIDIA keep releasing new drivers to add more features or fix some known bugs. To make sure it works to its best in-game performance, you will always need to ensure it’s up to date.

You can update your graphics driver manually, by visiting the manufacturer’s website (NVIDIA/AMD), finding the latest correct installer and installing step-by-step. But if you don’t have the time or patience to install manually, you can do that automatically with Driver Easy.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
    scan drivers
  3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
    (This requires the Pro version– you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
    update all drivers
  4. Restart your PC for the changes to take full effect.

Fix 5. Turn off overlays

It’s reported by some players that turning off all overlays helps with the crashing issue. You can follow the steps below to disable them.

  1. Launch Ubisoft Connect, and go to Settings.
  2. Under the General tab, untick the Enbale in-game overlay for supported games and Display FPS counter in game.
    Enable in-game overlay for supported games
  3. Try Far Cry 6 again to test the issue.

Fix 6. Disable background applications

Some Microsoft services or third-party software may interfere with your Far Cry 6. If that’s the case, you may need to close all background programs and reboot your system.

  1. Press the Windows and R key at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  2. Type in msconfig and press Enter.
  3. Choose Selective startup, and uncheck Load startup items.
    Uncheck Load startup item
  4. Reboot your system.

If everything works fine without any background apps running, you might need to find the problematic one by performing a clean boot.

Some apps that are worth noticing

Below is the list of some software that is known to have issues with Ubisoft games.

Fullscreen overlaysOverwolf
Hardware monitoring softwareMSI Afterburner, Riva Tuner
Peer-to-Peer softwareBitTorrent, uTorrent
RGB Controllers or game optimizersRazer Synapse, SteelSeries Engine
Streaming applicationOBS, XSplit Gamecaster
Software impacting applicationsf.lux, Nexus Launcher
VPN softwareHamachi
Video chat servicesSkype
Virtualizing softwareVmware
VoIP applicationsDiscord, TeamSpeak

Does your Far Cry 6 finally start? Feel free to leave us a comment if you have any questions or suggestions. We would like to help with the ‘Far Cry 6 not launching’ issue, but if it keeps giving you a hard time, you may need to wait for the next game patch.

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