After officially getting announced at The Game Awards 2022, FromSoftware’s Armored Core 6 has finally landed on all major platforms except for the Nintendo Switch. Like most FromSoftware titles, reviews for Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon are full of praise, making it another hit game from the Tokyo-based studio. However, as feared, the PC port of the game is somewhat lacking compared to the console versions. From the “white screen crash” to the “unable to change resolution” issues, there’s just no shortage of such problems in the game. And now the black screen issue has also popped up.
As the name suggests, when this issue occurs, players encounter a black screen, after which the game will simply crash. Well, we know this is a frustrating issue, so here’s a guide that will help you resolve this particular problem.
Armored Core 6 (AC6) Fires of Rubicon Black Screen Issue: Is there any fix yet
Currently, there has been no official release of a fix for this issue. Hence, we suggest you follow the workarounds mentioned here and see if any of them are of help to you.
Bypass EAC –
It seems like most of the game’s issues are due to the EAC (Easy Anti-Cheat). The same was the case with Elden Ring. It is thanks to this that a fix is available for it, i.e., bypassing the EAC. You can start by going to the game’s installation folder and creating a new txt file inside. If you did a default installation, then the path should look something like this: C:\ProgramFiles (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON\Game. Now, name the new .txt file as steam_appid.txt. Next, in the contents of this newly created file, put 1888160, which happens to be the app ID of AC6. After this, save the file, and then launch the game.
Turn off G-SYNC –
Some players were able to deal with this particular issue by simply turning off G-SYNC. To start:
Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and head to Manage 3D Settings.
On the right side of the screen, you will see two options: Global Settings and Program Settings. Select the latter since you want to disable G-SYNC for a specific program.
Choose Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon from the dropdown menu located under the “Select a program to customize:” option.
Now, from the plethora of options available below, search and scroll for the one named: Monitor Technology.
Set the option from G-SYNC Compatible to Fixed Refresh. Click on Apply to finish.
Turn off FreeSync –
Like the previous workaround, disabling AMD FreeSync has also helped some players get rid of this particular issue. All you need to do is open AMD Adrenaline Software and click on the Gaming tab. There, you will see the AMD FreeSync option. Disable it and then launch the game to see if the issue still exists or not.
Run the exe and startprotectedgame files in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode –
A Reddit user was able to fix this issue by running the .exe file of the game and the startprotectedgame file in Windows 7 compatibility mode. To initiate this process, head to the game’s installation directory, right-click on the said files and select Properties. Click on the Compatibility tab, and from there, checkmark the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” option. Now, from the drop-down menu, select Windows 7. Click OK to finish the process.
Check your hardware –
While we are certain that this is more of a software issue, it can’t be denied that sometimes a problem with hardware can also lead to the same thing. That’s why we are suggesting you check your hardware for good measure. Additionally, if you have a spare HDMI cable lying around, swap it for the old one.
Update your GPU drivers –
This is mainly for players who haven’t updated their GPU drivers. If you want to play the game without experiencing many issues, then update your GPU drivers ASAP. Just go to the official website of the GPU manufacturer, and then get the latest available drivers from there. Install it and see if you still run into the black screen issue.
Change resolution –
If you are getting a black screen after launching the game in fullscreen mode, press Alt+Enter. This will switch the display mode to windowed. Hopefully, you will now be able to view the in-game elements. If that’s the case, head to the settings menu, access the Graphics tab, and make sure to dial down the in-game resolution. After this, check if the issue persists once you select the Fullscreen/Borderless Window display mode. If this doesn’t work, access the settings of your monitor and lower the native resolution.
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