How to Fix Rocket League Won’t Launch Problem

It’s always annoying when a game suddenly decides to no longer launch and Rocket League is no different. Trying to fix the Rocket League won’t launch problem can be tricky since there’s a range of potential causes for this. A common reason why this can happen with Rocket League and other games is due to an update not installing properly. If you’ve been doing things to the game folder this could also cause you problems launching a game if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Playing games for the first time can also have this problem. Trying to fix the Rocket League won’t launch problem can feel a little too time-consuming if you’ve never played the game. Fixing this Rocket League launching issue doesn’t need to take all day. This guide will help make the process easy so you can get to playing Rocket League as fast as possible!Since the PC versions of Rocket League are slightly different, we’ve separated instructions into Epic Games and Steam where possible.

Preliminary: Before Attempting these Methods

If you’ve never played Rocket League before then the first thing you need to do is check the system requirements. Make sure your computer matches or is better than those requirements otherwise you won’t be able to play it anyway. For people who have played Rocket League before, if you’re noticing problems with other games too then there’s a chance you have some kind of other hardware or software problem causing Rocket League to fail to launch.

We advise you to look into your graphics card, CPU and internal temperatures to ensure there’s no deeper hardware problem. If your drivers are not up to date then this could also cause you problems playing video games and potentially even launching them. Remember to check all these things first and ensure your hardware is running smoothly. Trying to play video games on damaged hardware could make the problem worse so replacing the faulty pieces should be your priority.

Ensure you do the following checks if the above is working fine:

  • Restart the PC and test it again
  • If there are any Steam Launch Options, remove them
  • Remove any Command-Line Arguments on the Epic Launcher
  • Close any unnecessary programs that are open and test again (use the task manager)
  • If you’ve installed new software and the game no longer works, uninstall it and launch the game again

If the above doesn’t help you, it’s time to move onto the Rocket League won’t launch troubleshooting.

Method #1: Rename the Rocket League Folder

Players with this problem have reported that this solution can help. It forces Rocket League to make a new folder or file for the game. If there’s a chance that your version of the game has become corrupted somehow then this should force Rocket League to fix the problem by itself.

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Open the Epic Games Launcher and click on Settings
  2. Make sure the Enable Cloud Saves checkbox is unchecked
  3. Open the File Explorer on your computer
  4. Find and open My Games then find the Rocket League folder
  5. Right click it and select Rename
  6. Change it to Rocket League Old
  7. Hit Enter
  8. Go back to the Epic Launcher and Launch Rocket League

Steam

  1. Go to the File Explorer and open your Documents
  2. Open the My Games folder
  3. Find the Rocket League folder
  4. Rename it to Rocket League Old
  5. Launch the game again

Do not delete the original folder immediately. If something goes wrong, you’ll need to undo the change. Deleting the folder will mean you lose all the information it contains which is bad.

Method #2: Delete the Cache

This is a classic troubleshooting technique for all gaming problems and many other tech problems as well. Sometimes the cache can become corrupted which stops the software from working correctly. Deleting it usually solves the problem in this case.

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Open File Explorer and find the My Games folder
  2. Find and open the Rocket League folder
  3. Double click TAGame
  4. Right click on Cache and select Delete
  5. Launch the game again

Steam

This is not possible on Steam. You should try to Verify the integrity instead in Method 3.

Method #3: Verify the Integrity of your Files

Verifying the integrity of your game files will compare the ones on your computer to the files available on the server. If the files don’t match then the platform will automatically update or repair them if there’s a problem with the files. Doing this will not damage the files or any saved data. This will work for any game on the Epic Game Store or Steam.

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Once the Epic Games Launcher is open, find Rocket League in your Game Store Library
  2. Click on the three dots on the right side of the Rocket League line
  3. Select Verify
  4. Wait for it to finish verifying the files, this can take a while and might not move much for a bit. Be patient!
  5. Launch the game

Steam

  1. Open Steam and find Rocket League in your Library
  2. Right-click on Rocket League and select Properties to open a new box
  3. Click the Local Files tab at the top
  4. Click the Verify Integrity of Game Files button towards the bottom of the box
  5. Wait for it to finish verifying the game files. It can take a few minutes and might pause in the middle for a few moment, this does not mean it’s broken! Be patient!

Method #4: Use Launch Options

If you’re suddenly having trouble with your game, removing any existing launch options is a good idea as part of basic troubleshooting especially if you’ve only just added them. Some launch options don’t always work the way we expect so if you suddenly notice a problem with the game, remove them! At the same time, adding the right launch options could dramatically improve your gameplay experience and might even fix the Rocket League launch problem you’re experiencing.

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Launch the Epic Games Launcher and go to Settings
  2. Scrolls down to the Rocket League tab
  3. Click the Additional Command Line Arguments box and check it
  4. Enter the following exactly as written here: -novid -nomovie

The above commands should not cause any problems for your game and even if you don’t have the Rocket League won’t launch problem, it’s still useful. The “novid” command tells the game to skip most intro videos that start as the game loads up including the Valve ones. Meanwhile, the “nomovie” command forces the game to skip the other start-up animations including the developer logos.

Steam

  1. Launch Steam and go to your Library
  2. Right-click on Rocket League
  3. Select Properties and click Set Launch Options found in the first tab (General)
  4. Copy and paste the following settings exactly as written here : -novid -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4 -d3d10 -nomansky -lowmemory -novsync -high
  5. Launch the game, if it stutters then remove some commands leaving these ones active: -novid -novsync -high
  6. If you notice new game or computer problems then try removing -high

These Steam Launch Options all do different things which can help Rocket League if you’re having trouble launching the game. Using “novid” is useful for all players including those not having problems since it forces the game to skip the intro videos on launch. Another good one for everyone is “high” which making the game process high priority so the computer will automatically assign more resources to it. This can sometimes cause computer problems (especially for low-end computers) so keep a close eye on your hardware when you start using this.

  • USEALLAVAILABLECORES – This forces the game to use all of your CPU cores
  • sm4 – This tells the game to use Shader Model 4, the game won’t look too different but it will provide much better performance
  • d3d10 – Adding this makes sure the game launches properly. Using sm4 means the gam should launch to run on DX10 instead but this command just ensures it loads the game properly.
  • nomansky- Disable detailed sky features, you still get some but its reduced to boost performance
  • lowmemory- It tells the game to launch in 4GB RAM memory mode instead so this will improve performance if you have under 16GB RAM.
  • novsync- Forces Vsync to be turn off. Also, remember to check the in-game settings an make sure you do not have Vsync turned on there or you will have problerms.

Method #4: Exclude the game directory from the antivirus

A known problem causer for all types of games is antivirus software. The software can block different software it’s unfamiliar with or is suspicious of for some reason. Sometimes this can happen suddenly if the game has received an update or if the antivirus isn’t up to date. Antivirus software updates could also wipe the list of software excluded from the scans. It’s a good idea to check the antivirus and add Rocket League to the exclusions list if it’s not already there.

The method to exclude software varies depending on the software you’re using on the computer. We advise searching for a guide specific to your software which will be fairly straightforward. It’s also a good idea to exclude Steam.exe or EpicGamesLauncher.exe as well.

The Epic Games Launcher is often caught by antivirus software but this is typically when you first install it. You can also disable the antivirus and launch the game to see if that does anything. We do not advise learning the antivirus turned off after testing this, however. If the game suddenly works then you need to add Rocket League to the antivirus exclusion list.

Method #5: Run as Administrator

When games and other software have trouble launching, it could be due to an unseen privilege issue. In short, the User Account Control limits the permissions that applications such as video games have which can block some things from working. Giving the game or other application administrator privileges lets them have full access to whatever they need for them to work.

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Go to My Computer and Local Disk (C:)
  2. Open Program Files and find Epic Games
  3. Double click on rocketleague and then on the Rocket League folder
  4. Open the Binaries folder and then the Win64 folder
  5. Right-click the RocketLeague.exe file and select Properties
  6. In the box, go to the Compatibility tab and check the Run As Administrator box
  7. Apply and click Ok

Steam

  1. Go to the Rocket League folder:
  2. If Steam is open you can right click Rocket League in your Library, select Properties and then Local Files. Click Browse Local Files.
  3. Alternatively: Go to My Computer and Local Disk (C:), open Program Files and find Steam, Open the steamapps folder and then find the Rocket League folder.
  4. Open the Binaries folder then the Win64 folder
  5. Right-click RocketLeague.exe and select Properties
  6. Click the Compatibility tab then check the Run As Administrator box
  7. Apply and Ok

If you save your games to a different hard drive then you’ll need to take a slightly different route for both Steam and Epic Games. The C Drive is usually the main drive that holds your games and the bulk of your files but it is possible to save things to a different one. If you’ve saved games to something like the E Drive then you need to follow the above steps still but you need to do them on that drive.

Method #6: Update your Graphics Card Driver

Running on an outdated graphics card can cause a range of problems for games. There are different reasons for this but driver updates fix existing bugs, improve performance and to add new features after launch. Video games have a wide range of features and if it has something that your graphics card doesn’t support then your computer will have problems. In extreme cases, it could harm your hardware or cause computer crashes. Solving the problem isn’t complicated however and we recommend checking for updates regularly.

AMD and Nvidia both have downloadable software that will search for updates and install them for you. If this software is compatible with your graphics card then it’s a good idea to install it since it makes life much easier. Intel also has an automatic driver installer software available. If you don’t have this software installed then follow this guide to install a new graphics driver:

  1. Go to the manufacturer website and go to the Graphics Card Driver section
  2. Search for your graphics card model and find the most recent version to download
  3. You may need to unzip the folder once downloaded. Some drivers may come as a .exe file that you can double-click and run the installer yourself
  4. If there’s no installer you can right click on the Windows logo start button to bring up a vertical menu then click Device Manager
  5. Locate the graphics card in this list (it might be under Display Adaptors)
  6. Right-click it then selects Update Driver
  7. Choose Browse my Computer then go through your files to select the new driver you just downloaded
  8. Wait for it to install then re-launch the game

Method #7: Change Rocket League Compatibility Mode

There are rarely compatibility issues between the game and your computer. However, if you have an older version of Windows then this could help.

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Go to My Computer and Local Disk (C:)
  2. Open Program Files and find Epic Games
  3. Double click on rocketleague and then on the Rocket League folder
  4. Open the Binaries folder and then the Win64 folder
  5. Right-click the RocketLeague.exe file and select Properties
  6. Click the Compatibility tab and then check the Run this Program in Compatibility Mode box
  7. Select your Operating System in the drop-down menu and Click Apply then Ok
  8. Launch the game

Steam

  1. Go to the Rocket League folder: If Steam is open you can right click Rocket League in your Library, select Properties and then Local Files. Click Browse Local Files.
  2. Alternatively: Go to My Computer and Local Disk (C:), open Program Files and find Steam, Open the steamapps folder and then find the Rocket League folder.
  3. Open the Binaries folder then the Win64 folder
  4. Right-click RocketLeague.exe and select Properties
  5. Click the Compatibility tab and then check the Run this Program in Compatibility Mode box
  6. Select your Operating System in the drop-down menu and Click Apply then Ok
  7. Launch the game

Method 8: Disable Steam Overlay Features

The Steam Overlay can create surprisingly high CPU and GPU spikes when it’s opened which can cause problems for games even if they launch. Sometimes if the game hangs while launching then this could be the cause of the problem too. The downside to disabling the Steam Overlay is that you’ll no longer be able to use it for messaging friends, looking at guides, using the web browser and it won’t be possible to take Steam screenshots without it.

Launch Steam

  1. At the top left corner, click the Steam button to open a drop-down menu then click Settings
  2. Go to the In-Game section on the left
  3. Uncheck the Enable Steam Overlay while in-game option
  4. Click Okay
  5. It’s also good to check it’s disabled for Rocket League before launching the game.
  6. Go to your library
  7. Right click Rocket League then select Properties
  8. Check General to ensure that Enable the Steam Overlay option is unchecked

Also, keep in mind that other game overlays could cause game problems. If Rocket League won’t launch after installing something such as the AMD Radeon Software application then you should look into disabling the overlay it comes with. If you’ve installed something new that comes with a built-in overlay, you should disable the overlay.

Method #9: Reinstall the Game

A classic troubleshooting option is to reinstall the game. Occasionally, problems can slip past the file verification step so reinstalling the game should fix them. This is incredibly simple to do, just uninstall the game from Steam or Epic Games  Launcher then install it again. It can also be a good idea to combine this with other methods from above such as Methods 1 & 2.

The above solutions should help you to fix the Rocket League won’t launch problem for both Epic Games Launcher and Steam. If these don’t work then we advise restarting the computer between methods or trying several methods together.

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