Death Stranding Director’s Cut – Potential Fix for Access Violation Crash

A potential fix for the Access Violation crash plaguing some users.

Some Background, Failed Attempts

Played the OG game for 60 hours without a single crash, but then started DC and started getting the access violation crash.

I tried all the usual suggestions; run as admin, verify integrity, update graphics drivers, update visual c++ whatevers, making an exclusion in windows security etc. to no avail.

Setting texture memory to default instead of high in the graphics settings seemed to help, but wasn’t consistent. I would still crash when entering the private room etc.

I delved deep into the depths of reddit and found this; and finally made the crash disappear. Haven’t crashed since and I’m playing with max graphics, chrome running etc. and figured this might help more people, since I haven’t seen it suggested in the usual suggestions.

Previous Attempts

I’m not sure these things contributed to fixing the crashes, but just in case these are some things I also did before:

  • Updated¬†Microsoft Visual C++ redistritbuitbuabtable, picking the X64 version (64 bit)
  • Latest drivers for GPU.
  • Verifying integrity of game files through Steam.
  • Added the Death Stranding folder to Microsoft Virust & Threat Protection. (Virus & threat protection settings -> Add or remove exlcusion -> Add Death Stranding folder)
  • Set the ds.exe to run in Admin mode (by right-clicking on the .exe -> Properties -> Compatability -> Run this program as administrator).
  • Installed latest windows updates.

Again, not sure if any of these also helped, but what finally fixed it is what I’ve listed below.


Without further ado, this is what finally fixed the crashes for me:

  1. Press the Windows key, and type in “exploit”
  2. Select Exploit Protection.
  3. Change to the Program settings tab.
  4. Press Add program to customize and pick Choose exact file path.
  5. Navigate to your Death Stranding folder, and pick ds.exe
  6. Go through every item, top to bottom, checking in each box and changing them to Off. Note that some of them default to ON when overriding.
  7. Hit Apply and restart your PC.


Can’t guarantee it’ll work for everyone, but I haven’t crashed since I did this at least.

I’m guessing it’s OK to disable these options since it’s a AAA game and not some shady weird program, but I’m not knowledgeable enough to know exactly if this is safe, so do this at your own risk.

Perhaps someone more knowledgeable will point out if this is a really bad idea, if so I will remove the guide.

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