So like many i was having issues getting the game to run. i eventually got those sorted with help from friends, but the final hurdle was gameguard error NP1013.
This will not help everyone, as i'm sure there are a number of programs gameguard doesn't like. But for me, the fix was simple.
I closed Netlimiter. I'd been using it to throttle the speed of epic games store, since they don't have a native setting to limit bandwidth. But Gameguard was seeing it active and erroring out. Without it running i can play.
I hope this helps a few people.