These are the steps to perform in order to work around this issue:
Install the Japanese language pack, by going to “Time & Language” or look for “Date & Time” from the Windows Search bar that will take you to the respective settings in Windows 10, and once there to the section “Region & Language” and click on “Add a language”:
Now you can Open the game, once the game passed or skipped the introduction videos, you can press at any time the Windows key + Space key to switch from your current language to Japanese, this will allow you to use the Chat again without any issues; like before the Windows Update from April 2018.
The only step that you will need to perform next time you want to play this game will be pressing Windows key + Space key to switch from your current language to Japanese.
Apply these steps if:
-You do not want to wait for Microsoft to come up with the fix in October or someday if we are lucky.
-You do not want to use the other repetitive workarounds of pressing F3 and other steps every single time that you want to use the Chat.
I believe this workaround is more straightforward than the others available.
So you just need to have patience and wait for this update to be rolled out. No idea how long that’ll take. It’s not specific to Age DE and is happening in multiple games.
If you work for Microsoft, please speak with the relevant team(s) and tell them that they need to fast-track this update because it breaks multiple products. Your corporation’s update rate for critical product-breaking bugs is ridiculously slow. You could distribute updates using floppies with U.S. Mail more quickly in the 80’s.
I have told you how to workaround this issue in a simple way!
Here it goes again:
(1) Pause the game with F3
(2) Click twice (like a double click) on the Chat ICON that appears on the top right part of the window.
(3) Type what you want in the chat box
(4) Unpause the game, it won’t crash…
If you wish to type a lot of messages just double click again on the chat icon on the top right position of the window and type your message.
This was the simplest way I could workaround as we wait for the final fix from Microsoft.
Microsoft could release the chat fix bug as soon as next week in a cumulative update. I have no idea. At the very least the chat build will be fixed with the October 2018 Update. I do not represent Microsoft. I am just another Age fan like you.