Civilization VI Crash Fix Requires You to Whitelist the Game in Windows Defender

2K and Firaxis Games just released Civilization VI, the sixth main installment in the revered 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) and turn-based strategy franchise.

There's a particularly nasty Civilization VI crash bug that causes the game to hang on for a long period of time while loading. Reddit user turdas discovered that this is caused by Windows Defender, which appears to be scanning the whole game in real time whenever Civilization Vi is launched.

To avoid this, you can whitelist the game within Windows Defender. On Windows 10, type Windows Defender Settings in the Start Menu. Scroll down until you see Exclusions and then Add an exclusion; you'll have to select the very last option, Exclude an .exe process, and then type CivilizationVI.exe. This should ensure that Windows Defender won't bother to scan the game anymore, thus preventing this particular Civilization VI crash bug.

Civilization VI became available on October 21st for Windows PC and October 24th, yesterday, on Mac OS X. A Linux port is also planned for a later date. If you're interested, there's a limited edition physical bundle (only available in select countries) which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Sid Meier's Civilization. Contents include:

  • Full Civilization VI Game and all Bonus Digital Content found in the Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Aztec Civilization Pack Pre-Order Bonus
  • Civilization Through the Years 100-Page Hardcover Art Book
  • Exclusive 25th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Set with Display Case

On Steam, you can pick the game alongside the Steam Controller and get a discount. We've published an exclusive developer interview some time ago, which you can read while you wait for our full review, due for publication soon.

Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

    See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
    Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures.
    Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.
    Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units.
    In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.
    Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems introduce new players to the underlying concepts so they can easily get started.

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