Fixed: XCOM 2 Mods Not Working (2023)

The XCOM2 Mods not working isn't known to be a serious problem in 2022 and in 2023 - Developers have released patches to fix the problem.

Nine months ago in June 2020, the XCOM 2Developers rolled a new update that completely revamped the entire game along with its launcher. Unfortunately, although this update did introduce some exciting features, it also changed the launcher for XCOM 2, which ultimately resulted in mods not working. The Developers themselves did not address the problem, and players who were aware of alternate mod launcher got their problem fixed while those like me were still searching for an official solution. Luckily, there seems to be a small confusion about this solution.

This guide will clarify all the doubts and further explain the nature of this mods problem in XOCOM 2. Besides, there will also be guidelines on how you can fix it and further access any mods you would like.

Key Highlights

XCOM 2 mods may stop working for various reasons, including a launcher change in June 2020.

To Fix It, follow these steps:

  • Check for missing files using “Verify integrity of game files…” in Steam to prevent mod crashes.
  • Reset game settings to default by deleting XCOM 2 Document Files in Documents\Games\XCOM 2\XCOMGAME\config.
  • Reinstall Vcredist if mods freeze or crash on the main menu to fix potential Microsoft Visual C++ issues.
  • Address the new launcher problem by adding “-noRedscreens” and “-review” to ModLauncherWPF.exe’s target path and restarting your PC.
  • Resolve Steam and XCOM 2 mod conflicts by clearing the Steam download cache for cleaner mod downloads.
  • As a last resort, reinstall XCOM 2 and War of the Chosen Expansion to reset game files.
  • Consider using the “Alternative Mod Launcher (AML)” if previous fixes fail.
  • Contact Steam or 2K Support for professional assistance if none of the above methods work.
  • Reach Steam Support via the Steam client’s help tab or visit 2K’s official website to submit a support request.

How To Fix Mods Not Working In XCOM 2

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XCOM 2 Mods Not Working

Suppose your mods stopped working around nine months ago, or maybe they haven’t been as consistent. The cause for this would probably be the change in the launcher, which has also been a liability for the rest. Apart from the update, XCOM 2 mods have also had a history of other problems related to Vanilla and WOTC, and the apparent Steam Workshop is not working. These problems aren’t directly related to the launcher update, and therefore, you will have to dig a bit deep to find the actual problem. All things considered, there is a list of proven fixes that will guarantee the problem is fixed, and you can subscribe to hundreds of XCOM 2 mods.

Validate Steam Files

First things first, make sure there aren’t any missing files in your system, causing the mods to crash. Besides, this would also help you identify any further problems you are currently facing in XCOM 2. Usually, many players miss this step because they are sure that they haven’t deleted any XCOM Directory files. However, many fail to notice that often, Antivurises and Windows Defender automatically flag files that are then deleted from the process. Through Steam’s File Validation method, you can download any files that are missing. Here is how you can go about it.;

  1. Go to Steam Library > Right Click XCOM 2 Properties > Local Files.
  2. Click on Verify Integrity of Games Files.
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    Verify Integrity of game files
  3. Any missing XCOM 2 file or related will automatically start to download.

Delete XCOM 2 Document Files

Once you have made sure that no files are missing, there is a decent amount of chance that a setting has been messed up. Obviously, it’s easy to understand, you might not be able to get inside the game, but luckily once the documents are deleted. All the settings are reset to base, and you can try to rerun mods. These document files are located under the directory shown below. We don’t recommend deleting them entirely; instead, you should cut and paste them into another folder. If the method did not work, you don’t want to lose the settings and move it back again.

Documents\Games\XCOM 2\XCOMGAME\config folder.

Make notes that these are just the graphics and gameplay settings and do not have any considerable significance.

Reinstall Vcredist

The Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable packages, commonly called the VCredists are the main components that help a PC run any program. It sets the tone for all programs, which is then dependent on Microsoft Visual C++.

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Visual Studio

Sometimes, the Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable packages get corrupted, which further impacts XCOM 2, and it fails to open. This method is mostly handy for struggling with Mods being frozen or crashing in the main menu. With that being said, here is how you can go about it and get it repaired.

Depending on where your SteamApps folder is, find and locate XCOM 2 Directory. Once done, there will be two separate Vcredist folders. Your job will be to run the program under both of them and then select repair after Uninstall and Repair’s options show up.

  1. Proceed to D:\Steam\steamapps\common\XCOM 2\ _CommonRedist\vcredist\2013.
  2. Proceed D:\Steam\steamapps\common\XCOM 2 \ _CommonRedist\vcredist\2014.
  3. Run vcredist_x86.exe.
  4. Run vcredist_x64.exe.
  5. If Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable packages are installed, you will find them right here and after clicking on these tabs. There will be two options; one will contain uninstall and the second will contain repair. You should select Repair under both v_credist_x64.exe and v_credist_x86.exe.

Add Target Path to ModLauncherWPF.exe

Last year a Reddit User, TheBickyMonster, came across a method that seemed to add a target path to ModLauncherWPF.exe, which resulted in an instant fix of mods. The user did not explain how this helps; however, I suspect that the command he added was used to prevent the opening screen that might be behind the malfunctioning of mods in XCOM 2. Other than that, the original thread also came out when Firaxis was at its peak of being a broken launcher. Some users also reported that this worked like magic when facing the Red Screen Error In XCOM2.

  1. Proceed to your XCOM 2 Directory, Steam\steamapps\common\XCOM 2.
  2. Right, click ModLauncherWPF under the XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (WOTC) Files.
  3. Make a shortcut, and right-click on the shortcut > properties > add -noRedscreens and -review under the Target path.
  4. The final target path should be something like this now; \steamapps\common\XCOM 2\XCom2-WarOfTheChosen\Binaries\Win64\XCom2.exe” -noRedscreens -review.
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    XCOM 2 Properties.

Once done, don’t forget to click on apply and restart your PC before final testing.

Clear Steam Download Cache

Suppose this problem is directly related to subscribing to XCOM 2 mods and Steam. Then your best bet to fix it would be to clear the Download Cache. This appears to clear out various leftover files and a pathway for a newer link that would help you download mods without any problem. Further, Steam also recommends clearing the Download Cache once in a while, so if you aren’t doing that, make sure you start it.

  1. Here is how you can clear the Download Cache.
  2. Open Steam Settings.
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    Steam Settings.
  3. Under Downloads Tab, click on Clear Download Cache, which also has an authentic description saying “Clearing the download Cache might resolve issues downloading or starting apps.”

Reinstall XCOM 2 and War of the Chosen Expansion

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War of the Chosen Expansion.

Before we go on and substantiate the final fix, which would be Downloading Alternative Mod Launcher (AML), you should reinstall XCOM 2 once. There aren’t loads of problems with AML, but given that XCOM 2 official launcher is more versatile and can help you organize mods in a much better way. It is always better to fix the original than to move to third party. Besides, the Alternative Mod Launcher (AML) isn’t precisely third-party or controlled by some external company. It’s an open-source software on GitHub that can be utilized by everyone.

  1. Under Documents, delete all the XCOM 2 files; these are highly related to the files we want to restore. Thus, you don’t want them to be utilized again after reinstallation.
  2. Once done, go to Steam > Right Click XCOM 2 > Uninstall.
  3. Restart your PC and download the game again.

Download the Alternative Mod Launcher (AML)

The last and most prominent method that is Alternative Mod Launcher (AML). This is a secondary mod launcher that was originally released on April 11, 2017. This mod launcher aimed to eliminate all the issues with the original and be a substitute. Moreover, it became immensely popular among the players when the game had its major update in 2020, and the default launcher completely stopped working. As far as I know, 40% of the community players are aware of this mod, and most are using it.

The Mod does have many similarities to the original; you can checkmark the mods you want, download newer ones from Steam Workshop, save profiles, and explore others through its extensive filter option. Apart from these, there is also another important feature that validates removing unnecessary files to “reduce memory footprint.”

All things considered, you might be wondering what the purpose of the Alternative Mod Launcher is? This can be called a substitute to the original and would help you get rid of all fixes. With that being said, here is how you can go about it and configure the entire setup.

  1. Download the Latest Alternative Mod Launcher (AML) Version. As of 2022, it is version 1.4.1, which was last configured on Jul 7, 2020.
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    Download Alternative Mod Launcher.
  2. Unzip the files on the desktop or anywhere else except C/Programs, because the file requires re-writing.
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    Unzip files.
  3. Once done, open the XCOM2 Launcher from the XCOM AML Folder.
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    Open XCOM2 Launcher.
  4. Now the setup will ask you about the game you want to install mods on. However, if that didn’t work, then there will be an error stating, “Could not detect the path to the installation directory.”
  5. Keeping this in mind, you will have to open the AML Settings and add base plus mod directories. These are essentially the locations of your steam files. Moreover, you can also add the following commands in the arguments.
  6. -review, -noRedScreens, -noStartUpMovies, -allowConsole, -regenerateinis.

Essentially after the whole configuration is done, the rational thing would be that XCOM 2 mods will start working. This fix is a complete revamp for the entire process, and having acknowledged that the Alternative Mod Launcher works entirely different and open source. You can expect miracles of all sorts. Lastly, don’t bother getting confused about how the mods operate. They are versatile, and you can use all kinds of filters to make it work like the Workshop.

Contact Steam and 2K Support

Initially, if you have followed all the steps shown above, and XCOM 2 mods are still not functioning correctly. Then, the decent thing to do would be to inquire both Steam and 2K and discuss the problem’s nature.

Usually, this step isn’t always required, but there could be a potential ban on your IP or System, which would further relate to Mods not working. Besides, you should also make sure that your Steam account is not flagged and that there isn’t any grey third-party software running in your background.

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Contacting 2K Support.

You can contact Steam through the Application by going to the support tab. Likewise, XCOM 2 can be contacted through 2K’s Support Site. You have to click on the “Submit A Request” Button and describe the problem. Afterward, the support will get back to you on your email.


The XCOM2 Mods not working isn’t known to be a serious problem in 2022 and in 2023 – Developers have released several patches that have completely fixed the problem. In the same vein, those who are still facing the problem are unable to find good guides that contain an adequate solution for this problem. We, here at eXputer have covered all the necessary steps that can fix the problem. Suppose all these methods didn’t work out, and Support was unable to find a healthy solution. Then, we recommend changing Steam Accounts or reinstalling the entire Window.

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