Game only starts in "Continue" mode, will not "Launch" so you can pick to play SP or Online

Basic Info:

Platform: Steam
Issue Type: Crash
Game Mode: Single Player
Server Type: PvE
Map: Exiled Lands
Server Name: NA
Mods: N/A

Bug Description:

Game gets stuck in “continue” mod, even when just trying to launch to start playing in single player.

Bug Reproduction:

Get stuck with mod-mismatch errors while trying to join a server online. Finally have to close the game using Task Manager (this is CTRL+ALT+DEL levels of bad!) and try to start the game again, picking “Launch” game from the Funcom Launcher. Get stuck restarting the game over and over again as it tries to join an online server.

same this morning so. i deleted everything except the 86gb content folder in conan conansandbox folder and valadated the game . that fixed it