Victoria 3: How to Fix “General Error” for Settings.formatVersion Issue (Steam Version)

Need help fixing the “General Error” for a Settings.formatVersion issue? I’ve got you covered!


General Error: Settings.formatVersion

As of launch day, I encoutered the pictured issue in the Paradox launcher:

Thankfully the launcher settings are easy to find, and as JSON, is easily editable by any text editor!

How to Fix the Issue

1. Right-click on Victoria 3 in your steam library. Find and click “Browse local files”.
2. You should see a window open to your local Victoria 3 installation. Open the “launcher” folder.
3. Open “launcher-settings.json” with any basic text editor (not Word!).
4. Find the “formatVersion” value, which should be at the top. It was “1.1” for me; change it to just “1” (sans quotes).
5. Relaunch, and you should be good!

Thanks to 2501 for his excellent guide, all credit to his effort. if this guide helps you, please support and rate it via Steam Community. enjoy the game.

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