Destiny 2 Season 21 – How To Fix Crashing on Steam

Last Updated on May 22, 2023

Destiny 2 is a 2017 online-only multiplayer FPS video game developed by Bungie. It is the sequel to 2014’s Destiny and its subsequent expansions. Set in a “mythical science fiction” world, the game features a multiplayer “shared-world” environment with players interacting with each other to complete quests.

Destiny 2 is an old game, it is undoubtedly one of the best-optimized titles that we have in the gaming industry. The game that needs no introduction, a lot has changed since Destiny 2’s release back in 2017. But like all games, it’s not perfect, especially when a newer update arrives.

Season 18 also called Season of the Plunder has dropped and there are few users that are facing crashing problems. We’ll provide some solutions that have worked for other players, as well as some general tips to help you avoid crashes in the future.

Destiny 2 Crashing Season 20

Note: These are traditional tweaks that work for every game whenever there are problems.

First, ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the game you’re playing. If your computer is outdated or doesn’t have a powerful enough graphics card, you will likely experience crashes.

Update Device Drivers

Graphics card drivers are important because they allow your graphics card to function properly. They also allow your graphics card to work with the latest games and applications. Outdated graphics card drivers can cause your graphics card to not work properly or even crash your computer. It is therefore important to have updated graphics card drivers.

I have seen people reporting crashes from time to time, and it turns out they haven’t updated their Graphics drivers for a while. You can easily update your graphic drivers by heading to the official websites:

Disable Overclocking

In the game crashing fiasco, overclocking is the culprit most of the time. Some players were able to fix this issue by bringing their GPU and CPU to default frequencies. MSI Afterburner and Zotac Firestorm are two popular tools used to overclock GPUs, both of these are known for creating problems for newer titles.

While it is not clear how many players are affected by the crashes, it is a good reminder that overclocking can be dangerous if not done correctly. It’s also worth noting that even if you don’t experience any crashes while overclocking, your system may still be unstable and could crash at any time.

Tone Down Settings

You may need to tone down your settings if you’re experiencing crashes while playing Destiny 2. Many games have minimum system requirements to prevent crashes and other issues. Checking your system requirements before purchasing a game is always a good idea; however, this does not apply to Destiny 2.

Lowering your graphics settings can also improve your game’s performance. This is especially true for laptops and older PCs. By reducing the quality of your graphics, you can achieve better framerates and a smoother gaming experience.

Read: How To Fix Lag & FPS Drops in Destiny 2

Not all graphics settings need to be lowered to improve performance. You may get away with disabling or reducing the quality of only a few settings. Experiment with different combinations until you find the best balance between graphics quality and performance for you.

Disable Overlays

This section will cover methods to disable discord and steam overlays.

If you are using Discord like me, I recommend changing a few things. One such thing is discord overlay; it’s not something you always need. I use a two-monitor setup, so the overlay is useless for me. It is also known to cause FPS drops.

Disable in-game Discord Overlay

  • Open Discord
  • Go to Overlay under App Settings
  • Click on the “Enable in-game overlay” to turn it off.

Disable Steam Overlay

Steam overlay is a feature that allows you to view information about the game while in-game. It also allows you to access the Steam community and chat with other players. If you do not want to use the Steam overlay, you can disable it. To disable the Steam overlay:

  • Open the Steam client and click on the “Steam” menu at the top left of the window.
  • Select “Settings”.
  • In the “Settings” window, select “In-Game”.
  • Under “In-Game”, uncheck the box next to “Enable Steam Overlay while In-Game”.
  • Click on “OK” to save your changes.

Disable Antivirus

There are multiple reasons why your antivirus and firewall could lead to your game crashing:

  • The antivirus software might be blocking access to certain files or folders that the game needs in order to run, resulting in the game crashing.
  • The antivirus software might be scanning all files and folders on the PC as they are opened, which can cause the game to crash if it takes too long to scan.
  • The antivirus software might be conflicting with the game’s software, resulting in the game crashing.

You can either disable the antivirus while you play the game or you can simply search for your antivirus name and find the instructions for whitelisting an exe file.

Add Destiny 2 to Windows Firewall Exception

Windows Firewall is known to cause game crashing for some players. This problem often goes unnoticed by the developers of the games, as they can’t test their games on every possible operating system and configuration. Players with this issue are advised to add the game as an exception or disable the firewall during gameplay.

To add Destiny 2 as an exception:

  • Open Search in Windows
  • Type “Firewall” and select “Firewall and Network protection”
  • Click on “Allow an app through firewall.”
  • A new window will open up, listing the Allowed apps and features
  • Locate “Destiny 2” and click on both Private and Public checkboxes.

Fix Drive Errors using Windows CHKDSK Utility

A CHKDSK scan, also known as a disk check, is a process that scans your computer’s hard drive for errors. The scan can take a while to complete, but it’s worth ensuring your computer is running smoothly. If you’re experiencing problems with your computer, a CHKDSK scan may be able to fix them.

To run a CHKDSK scan on Windows 10

  • Go to the Start menu and type “cmd.”
  • Right-click on the “Command Prompt” option and select “Run as Administrator.”
  • Type “chkdsk C: /r” in the command prompt window and press Enter. Without quotes, obviously.

You may be asked to enter your administrator password. The CHKDSK scan will begin automatically.

Update Windows

There are a number of reasons why you should update Windows. Security is a big one – Microsoft releases security updates and patches to fix vulnerabilities in Windows on a regular basis. If you don’t update Windows, you’re leaving your computer open to attack. Another reason to update Windows is to get the latest features and improvements.

To Update Windows: Type “Windows Update” in the Start Menu’s search bar, and press Enter. Click on “Windows Update Settings” search result. Now, click on “check for updates” button as shown in the image below:

Verify Game Files on Steam

There may be times when your game files on Steam get corrupted. This can cause the game to not work properly or at all. To fix this, you need to verify the game files. This process will scan through the game files and fix any corrupted ones. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam and click on the Library tab.
  2. Right-click on Destiny 2 and select Properties.
  3. Click on the Local Files tab and click on the Verify Integrity of Game Files… button.
  4. Steam will start verifying the game files and fix any corrupted ones.

Delete Destiny 2 Game Cache

There are times when the game cache might get corrupted leading to crashes. To fix this you have to delete the cache folder. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Press Windows + R and Type “%appdata%” (without quotes)
  • A new explorer window will open up. Now locate the Bungie folder and delete it.

This will clear the game cache and if this was the cause your problem will be solved.

Reinstall Destiny 2

As unfortunate as this may sound, this is the last resort if all of the tweaks mentioned above have failed to solve your problem. In most cases reinstalling or repairing the game can solve problems like crashing. To reinstall Destiny 2:

  • Launch Steam Client
  • Go To Library and Locate Destiny 2, right-click on it > Manage > Uninstall
  • After this, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common and delete the Destiny 2 folder.

The game is now removed from your computer, you can download it again using the Steam Client.

As mentioned before, most of these are not fixes exclusive to Destiny 2. These traditional methods usually work whenever there are issues such as crashing in games.

These are all ways you can fix crashing in Destiny 2 Season 20. If you are still facing problems, it is recommended that you contact the developers or maybe find out if this is a game-specific problem.

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Written by Vikas

Hey, I am Vikas. I have been writing about computing and gaming since I was 16. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN, and Forbes, to name a few. I love playing PC games (especially online multiplayer ones). Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and hold a computer science degree. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats. You can read more about me here.

My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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