Why Does Humankind Keep Crashing?

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Humankind is a visual delight and is a 4X game that really highlights endless possibilities and the creation of something completely new. On Steam, Humankind has received 70% positive reviews and it is pretty obvious why.

Despite the praises, there were some players who reportedly experienced crashes or black screens. There are heaps of Reddit threads where players are completely puzzled by

We have compiled a list of possibilities that could be the cause of why Humankind keeps crashing. By the end of this article, we hope you have found the answer and the solution to all your woes.

Is Your PC Meeting the Minimum Requirements?

Humankind does not require a super PC to run.

Nevertheless, the game still has its requirements because it can be pretty demanding in some aspects. Can your PC run Humankind?

First of all, make sure that you have the following hardware and software essentials:

Minimum PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit, Mac OS X 10.12 or higher

CPU: Intel Core i5 4th Gen, AMD FX-8300

Memory: 8 GB RAM


DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 25 GB of free space

However, if you are really looking to have a good gaming experience, with good graphics, high FPS, and all that, then you might want to consider the following PC:

Recommended PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit, Mac OS X 10.12 or higher, Windows 10 64-Bit

CPU: Intel Core i5 6th Gen, AMD Ryzen 5 1600, AMD Ryzen 5 3600, or better

Memory: 12 GB RAM


DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 25 GB of free space (At least 512 GB SSD)

If you meet all of these hardware and software requirements but Humankind is still crashing for you, then you may consider the next steps that we have compiled.

Were You a Closed Beta Tester?

If you began playing Humankind way back in closed beta, it is quite likely that this fact is what’s causing Humankind to crash. Old profiles and residual files that were made specifically for beta testing take up a bit of space in the system and might be causing bugs.

You have to delete your old closed beta profile.

To do this, you have to reinstall the game or delete the folder “\Users\[username]\Documents\Humankind\”.

You may also simply create a new profile before playing the game.

Are Your Game Files Verified on Steam?

Just like the inconsistent closed beta files from old profiles, there could be some game files that are causing conflicting processes whenever you try to run Humankind.

This actually happens to a lot of games that receive constant updates and patches. Steam knew that this would be an issue so they integrated a system that could easily address it when the problem arises.

First, you have to open the Steam window. Go to your game library and search for Humankind. Right-click on the game and then you will see a pop-up menu with “Properties” at the very bottom.

Next, go to the Local Files option which you can find on the left side. The second button on that window is “Verify integrity of game files…”. Click on that button.

It may take a while to finish but once it’s done, you may be able to play Humankind without any hitches.

Have You Updated Your Drivers?

Though Humankind is not graphically taxing, if your drivers are not updated, the game’s rendering paired with your incompatible drivers could actually be causing the game to crash.

Both NVIDIA, AMD, and even Intel have easily accessible drivers where you can automatically have it updated. If for some reason, you do not have a driver, the drivers are readily available on the developers’ websites.

Right click on your desktop. The pop-up will show NVIDIA/AMD/Intel’s Graphics Settings. The window that will appear gives you numerous options to update your drivers and even optimize your graphic card’s processes.

Is Your OS Running the Newest Updates?

To make sure your computer, not just when playing a game, runs smoothly; you always have to make sure your operating system is updated. Updating Windows can take up a lot of time, but it is an absolute necessity.

Updating Windows is actually pretty simple. All you need is a bit of patience.

First, search for “Settings” on the Windows search bar. In the lowest left part is the “Updates & Security”. When you click on that, a new window will appear with the button at the very top saying “Check for updates”.

Click on that and wait for the update to finish before you try playing Humankind again.

Have You Tried Switching APIs?

Humankind developers recommend playing the game with DirectX. However, this might be the culprit of your woes. Humankind can actually also run on Vulcan.

To make the switch, go to your Steam windows and then your game library. Search for Humankind and then right click on the game to go to Properties. Under the launch options, put “type-force-vulkan”.

Before attempting to run the game again, reboot your PC first.

Is Your RAM Optimized and Allocated?

Sometimes, games can cause memory fluctuations. Though you cannot manually dictate how much memory you want to put in a single game, you can help your computer allocate more RAM to Humankind.

Some easy steps that you can take include running the game as an administrator every time you open it. You could also permanently have Steam run as an admin by going to the Steam folder “\Program Files\Steam\”, right clicking on Steam.exe, going to the Properties and Compatibility tab, and then checking the “Run this program as an administrator”.

Are You Using Audio Enhancement Softwares?

Some were found to have been affecting the game negatively. The following programs, to be exact, have been pointed as problematic audio softwares:

  • Nahimic
  • Sonic Sound 2
  • Sonic Suite
  • Razer Chroma
  • Synapse

Now, you do not have to uninstall these programs. You just have to make sure to disable it prior to playing Humankind.