WWE 2K17 PC issues: Game freezes, crashes, Career mode won’t launch

By: Madeleine Dean
3 minute read

PC gamers can finally show off their fighting skills in brutal, realistic wrestling matches: WWE 2K17 is now available on PC, bringing ultra-authentic gameplay and the largest roster featuring world-known WWE and NXT Superstars and Legends.

The WWE 2K17 PC Standard Edition also features the Goldberg Pack with WCW Goldberg in black tights along with black and white tights, as well as two playable arenas.

At the same time, WWE 2K17 also brings a series of technical issues that limit the gaming experience. In this article, we’re going to list the most frequently encountered WWE 2K17 issues as well as their corresponding workarounds if available.

WWE 2K17 PC bugs


Game won’t start

When gamers hit the play button, nothing happens. No error message appears on the screen to offer more details as to why the game won’t start.

I press play but nothing happens. It was the same issue for wwe 2k15 aswell. Steam show I am playing the game for 3 seconds then nothins. Not even an error message or anything. What could be wrong?


WWE 2K17 low FPS

Many players also report that WWE 2K17 is affected by low FPS issues even on high-end computers. Lowering the settings doesn’t fix this issue and it appears that a hotfix is required to patch frame drops.

Anyone else dealing with a huge FPS drop when starting matches? I was fine on 2k16 but I can barely play 2k17 using a rig with more than enough processing power.


 WWE 2K17 freezes

Players report that WWE 2K17 randomly freezes with GPU usage dropping to 5%. Somehow, the GPU stops focusing on the game, which results in severe hitching. If you’re experiencing this issue, make sure the game has administrator rights, get the game off the external drive, and check your system for errors.

Frame rate runs silky smooth but the game will randomly hitch or freeze in-game or in the menus. During these stutters GPU usage will drop from ~25% to 5%. This happens with any combination of GSYNC On or Off, as well as VSYNC On or Off. I have also tried with FXAA Off and MSAA Off and setting turned up all the way (MSAA 8x and FXAA On).


 WWE 2K17 crashes

WWE 2K17 is also affected by random crashes. Players report that the game crashes before entering matches as well as during fights.

Having the same issue I have high end rig crashed 4 times now in less than an hour.


Career mode is unavailable

Some players can’t launch Career mode, although all the other modes are available. When they try to open Career mode, nothing happens.

I have a problem where I can run any mode except career, anyone else have this issue?


These are the most common WWE 2K17 bugs reported by players. If you’ve come across various workarounds to fix them, feel free to list the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.

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