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Fix: Star Citizen failed to fetch code: Error

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Star Citizen is a multiplayer space trading and combat simulation game that’s currently under development and seeing quite a lot of players signing up to play.

That said, while the game does offer a different experience, it’s under development and can still throw random bugs and glitches your way. In this article, we’re talking about the “failed to fetch code” error in Star Citizen and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes the failed to fetch code error in Star Citizen?

The error is caused due to launcher problems. However, other common causes include:

  • Internet connectivity issues. 
  • RSI server outages.
  • Outdated launcher.
  • Game access is blocked by a firewall.

Also read: Valorant error code 59: Quick Fix


How to fix the failed to fetch code error in Star Citizen?

Here are six fixes you can try out.

Check internet connection

Now’s also a good time to check whether or not you have an active internet connection. If you’re on WiFi, make sure you’ve got an active link and that there are no signal issues. On cellular data, ensure that it’s enabled and that you’re getting good network coverage. 

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Check RSI server status

If RSI servers are down, you won’t be able to play the game leading to this error or a host of other ones. Check the RSI status update page to see if there’s an outage and if there is, sit tight until the developers get things going again. 


Update your launcher

Using an outdated launcher has also been known to cause this issue. Head over to the RSI download page to download the latest available launcher version, install it or update your existing installation and try launching the game again. 


Reset the launcher

Another possible cause of the issue can be problems with the launcher itself. Open the launcher and press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R to reset the launcher to its default state. After that, log in again and you should be able to launch the game as expected. 


Disable VPN or proxies

If you’re running a VPN connection or any proxies, chances are they could be hampering your connection to the Star Citizen servers. In such cases, try disabling any active VPN connections or proxy settings to see if that helps resolve the issue. 

Alternatively, if your ISP is blocking your connection to the game, using a VPN can actually come in handy as it’ll reroute your traffic and can help the game run. 


Wait for server maintenance to end

If nothing else works, the issue is most likely being caused by ongoing maintenance. The game is still actively under development and bugs like these keep happening often. Check back again in a couple of hours to see if you can launch the game at a later time. 

Also read: How to fix Cig error 16008?

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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