Game crashes when entering settlement

Whenever I enter my settlement (Tradegard in Outskirts), the game crashes every time. I tried loading earlier saves, but the problem persists. I looked for similar problems on the internet, but couldn’t find any solutions.

I’m worried that this will be the case for all settlements going forward and that my playthrough is broken. Is there a way to fix this, or do I have to start over again and pray it works?

I don’t have any mods. There is no error screen or anything, the game just displays a loading screen immediately after I enter the settlement and gets stuck on it.

Verify the integrity of the game files

Check if you update your graphic card driver

I apologise for not getting back sooner, had a few things come up irl so I wasn’t able to play the game, or tinker with potential fixes.

I’ve checked the graphic card driver, and it is up-to-date. Admittedly, it’s an older graphic card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M), but until that moment the game ran perfectly fine, so I’m not sure if this is the problem.

I’ve verified flie integrity as well, and it didn’t help.