Dead Island 2 has been released on almost every popular platform including PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, & Xbox One. Well, Nintendo Switch is not included in the list, if you were hoping for it. Anyways, players who got their copy of the game on PC via the Epic Games Stores are encountering a bunch of issues including the game not launching, crashing, stuttering, and even the occurrence of a black screen. While these issues are common in recently released games, they can disrupt the overall experience. So, in this guide, we will be sharing some potential workarounds that might be effective against these issues.
PC gaming has its pros and cons. While most PC games give players plenty of options to customize and play as per their preference, PC players are the ones who encounter the most bugs in a game. Well, Dead Island 2’s PC version is no exception either as players have been the victim of some really frustrating bugs. But, the interesting part here is that these bugs and issues can be fixed with the help of some potential workarounds, so players will have to try them out manually. This guide features everything you need to know to fix such issues in Dead Island 2.
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Dead Island 2 Crashing, Not Launching, Stuttering, Black Screen Issues on PC: Is there any fix yet
Due to the fact that Dead Island 2 has been released recently, the devs are yet to acknowledge the crashing or not launching issues in the game, let alone release a fix for them. But, Deep Silver’s history of dealing with bugs and glitches has been quite good, so you can expect hotfixes coming soon. Meanwhile, we have listed some workarounds for you to try, but do note that there is no guarantee that these will fix the issues in the game. But, what’s the harm in trying?
Restart the game
Well, a very obvious yet effective workaround. If the game stutters regularly, and ends up with a black screen, give it a restart. You can even reboot your whole system, and then launch the game.
End unnecessary background applications
If you didn’t know, Dead Island 2 is a very demanding game. So, even if you have a high-end system, without proper optimization, it might not be able to handle the game. To avoid encountering crashes, or issues related to FPS drops or stuttering, make sure that your system resources are not hogged up by applications running in the background. Use the Task Manager, end the processes (not system processes) that are using too many resources, and then try launching the game.
Verify game files
Issues like the game not launching, or crashing may be caused by files that went missing or got corrupted. To ensure that’s not the case, consider verifying the game files. You can do this via the Epic Games launcher. Head to the EG launcher client, and go to Library. Now, select the three dots option present on the Dead Island 2 game, and then click on the Verify option. Let the process run, and after it is completed, launch the game.
Change in-game settings
If you are able to launch the game, and it crashes after you start your playthrough, chances are that the in-game settings are the cause behind this. So, head to the game’s Display Settings, and make sure that Window Mode is set to Exclusive Fullscreen. Also, lower the graphics settings. Save the changes, and check if the game crashes again.
Update Windows & GPU Drivers
Crashing, and black screen issues are often the result of an outdated system & GPU drivers. So, must make sure that your Windows is updated to the latest version, and that your GPU drivers are updated too. You can update Windows via the Update and Security setting present in the Control Panel, whereas, to update your GPU drivers, head to the manufacturer’s website and then download and install the latest drivers for your specific GPU.
Disable Full Screen Optimization
For this, you need to head to the game’s installation directory, and then find the .exe file. Now, right-click on it, and select Properties. After this, head to the Compatibility tab, and make sure that the Disable FullScreen Optimization option is checked. Save the changes, and then check if the issue persists in the game.
Last but not the least, reinstalling the game might also fix the crashing, not launching, stuttering, and black screen issues in Dead Island 2. So, consider giving this method a try, but use this as a last resort.
If none of the workarounds fixed the issue for you, then all there’s left to do is visit the game’s support portal and submit a ticket regarding the same. Head here if you want to submit one. We hope that the devs take notice of this and then release an update for the same soon.
Anyways, that’s all we know about fixing some of the most annoying issues in Dead Island 2. We will update this article with more information once we fetch it. Till then, visit DigiStatement to get the latest updates in the world of gaming.