Dark Souls 3 PC Crashes Causing Headaches for Players

PC problems pop up.

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The release of Dark Souls III in the west today, April 12, has not gone entirely to plan. People on Reddit and in the Steam forums are reporting that the role-playing game is crashing at the very beginning.

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In a 103-page Steam thread titled "Put your crashes in here," players explain that the game crashes at the first bonfire. Some are also reporting that the game crashes during character creation, thus blocking them from even starting the game itself.

Given that not everyone's PC is configured the same, the bug is not affecting all players. And as explained by IGN, which first reported on the bug, it's possible the crashes are related to a player's class.

Switching to a Knight and changing the lighting setting to "Low" are two possible, temporary workarounds.

Concerns about the Dark Souls III crash bug have been brought to the attention of publisher Bandai Namco, which recommends you contact the game's support team.

We will have more information on the state of Dark Souls III's PC version as further details become available.

Dark Souls III launched today in the west following its release in Japan last month. GameSpot's Dark Souls III review awarded the sequel 8/10.

"There are several possible endings to Dark Souls III, and although most are anticlimactic, they drive home the loneliness of the paths we took," reviewer Mike Mahardy said.

"The old lords have abandoned their posts, and in the hunt to usurp them, we descend into those dark valleys, and climb those imposing peaks. This is the essence of Dark Souls III: periods of doubt, followed by great reward. The journey may be rocky, but there's a throne waiting at the end."

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In-game time is ~40 hours, 1 crash while doing a bit of button mashing in the creation screen. Just "Meh"ed and carried on.

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Launch day on PC crash? Naaaaaaaaawwwww! Honestly, did anyone expect this not to happen?

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Now on 21 hours and still haven't experienced a crash and still runs beautifully with everything maxed out.

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never had this crash happen to me in about ~6 hours of playtime and i don't even wear a helmet

maybe it's AMD thing or maybe your PC just sucks(no offence but laptops are not meant for gaming)

1440p/max settings+smooth 60fps

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The game is unplayable junk for me. No framerate issues on max but constant annoying crashes. Big disappointment.

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That isn't good when the hardest boss for this game is your PC.

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@sonypony4eva: ... Gravity.

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@sonypony4eva: :)

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PC Crashing Race

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"Given that not everyone's PC is configured the same,"

there are only so many configurations of hardware, this is a lame excuse for any newer pc game

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The pirated version by CODEX is working fine for me on my PC, and it looks amazing at 4k. Poor console players are missing out.

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@tunaman44: You should still buy it, if you like it. Support developers -> More games, bigger games.

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@tunaman44: you have a 4k monitor with a very powerful rig that could support it and you pirate a game? wow.

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@pedram_iv: that's the pc master race spend all that money on a pc and then steal games lol I just don't get it but console players are the peasants and broke ...when console players plau full price for games pc masters race Lmao yea right

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if your having problems on pc, your probably playing on a laptop, lol

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been playing all night buttery smooth 60fps on max settings. i7 6700k, r9 390 crossfire. 32Gb ram 3200

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I am honestly starting to think that these people with problems to play games have potato pcs. played the game for all night in max settings and constant 60 fps and not a single crash, not to mention a lot of youtubers that play on pc didnt have issues. Durante said it was a good port. Hell, i already saw people claiming they got problems with mgs 5 and mad max, both that run like a dream in many pcs. And fun fact, most of them never reveal their specs. So, yeah. I might be wrong. But if im right and you are trying to play this game with a pentium and a 2010 card, helll, dont expect to work.

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@zeca04: I often wonder if it has to do with how "clean" the PC is. I run a dedicated gaming box which doesn't get used for much other than gaming, and I think that helps.

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@zeca04: If you want specs and problems just look at official support forums. Plenty there for any game that has a web site.

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PC Master Rac....... Ohhhh wait

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@rumadbrah: Framerate dips to 19fps on the PS4.

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@xhawk27: At least I can play the game.

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PC Master Race indeed, for some reason this game costed me less than a dollar on steam (legitimately bought of course). The game played fine, max settings 60 fps @1080p. Yesterday was a fine day for PC gamers :).

Enjoy your 25fps medium settings Dark Souls console gamers.

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Almost max seetings (with a HD9750), and no problems.

What am I missing here? Why all the useless comments? these kids...

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@jguilherme: Let them be, it's just how gamespot operates these days, they give us pc gamers something to say about the console gamers (xbox upscaled 1080?, 25fps on ps4) and then they put this kind of articles out making the PC versions of the games look bad too just in a different way so console gamers can get back at us. It's a cycle, it never ends.

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I'll consider myself lucky, then. No problems so far.

...Well, there is one problem -- but it has nothing to do with playing DaSo3 on Steam: it's not easy finding the motivation to progress through the game while knowing that the series ends with this game. :(

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@Renunciation: I'm sure it's not the last of this genre from From though!

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One of the reasons I just don't game on PC.

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@JustPlainLucas: One of the reasons you never get to enjoy max settings instead of medium/high, only game that so far has failed me on pc was Division, went for the ps4 version, but hate the downgrade, the texture popping, distance popping, long loading times, and no way to use sweetfx.

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@maitkarro: Honestly, I'm not a graphics whore, so it doesn't bother me. I just enjoy the plug and play simplicity of consoles.

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@JustPlainLucas: no honestly majority of you enjoy sheer lazinesss & plenty of ignorance

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@caj1986: No, honestly, you're an elitist snob. Does it bother you that other gamers aren't putting in the same kind of time, research, or money into their hobbies as you? Laziness? It's a fucking hobby. It's a past time. It's recreation. People can spend their energies on it how they want. I wasn't judging anyone here for being PC gamers, unlike you judging console gamers. **** outta here with that shit.

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@JustPlainLucas: cz clicking a icon is so hard that requires skill and special abilities that onli sum can afford right?ur full of urself that i havent even an elitlist. Here u go defending ur beloved brands, the very same co who rather spit and make u rather eat their shit then listen to their consumers. I dont believe in the peasant terminology but yes ull are sure ignorant... wonder why? Coz ull rather take any shit the co feeds u & listen to their constant bullshit claims and thesis they make. If ull only voted with your wallets & brains instead of fanboyism d video game industry would be in such a mess of today. Ull wud rather bend down and take it in the rear instead of understanding that u have the ability to rather make the co bend down instead.

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@caj1986: Until you can speak coherently, don't even bother speaking at all.

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The scenario on consoles isn't ideal either.

The frame rate on the Ps4 is beyond sad during co op....I can only imagine the plight of Xone users....I guess we really do need a ps4.5 and Xone.5 or whatever....

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Do any triple A PC releases ever work at launch?

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@k9kal85: that's what I was wondering

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@k9kal85: No games work on day one on any platform anymore. The reason I don't buy day one or preorder anymore. Take a release day and add two months to it. That's when I buy a game.

Edit: Only games that work on day one are Nintendo games. The only games I buy day one or preorder.

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@k9kal85: Triple A? We're still talking about Dark Souls, right?

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@VooDooPC: Yeah, not clever, dude. It's a AAA title.

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@Barighm: Triple A refers to the budget of a game. There is no way Dark Souls 3 has the budget of something like Battfield, Call of Duty, or Grand Theft Auto.

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@Barighm: Unless that Nintendo game is name Sonic.. like Sonic Boom

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"masterrace" lol I love the smell of irony in the morning.

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@letsgame82: Name a PS4 game or XboxOne game that worked day one.

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@fig56: vast mjority of them work day one, if you're talking about patches that's a different story and it's only been lately but we don't claim to be a "masterrace", so when things like this keep happening, you have to question the "masterrace" title! Most games are cheaper on PC compared to consoles but you have a superior amount of pirates and cheaters compared to consoles, you spend thousands on a rig but still get shit ports or broken games lol "masterrace" indeed!

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Crashed Souls : Prepare to Sigh

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