Sorry everyone, wasn't getting/seeing notifications for this thread...
Is anyone with this issue able to run the game by downloading the zip from the store page and running it there (instead of through the itch desktop app)? Or running the game/desktop-1.0.jar file (if you have Java installed on your machine)?
I also put up a new build 0.44.1 last night that has some engine and library updates - might be worth trying out.
Also also, after this crash happens, are there any crashlog_[datestamp].txt files appearing in the folder with the game's EXE?