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'Dark Souls 3' PC Version Experiencing Crashes

Here's a temporary fix.

A crash bug is dampening PC players' excitement and enthusiasm on the latest action role-playing game from developer From Software, "Dark Souls III." The sequel came out on Steam earlier this week.

Affected PC players took to Reddit and Steam forums to air their complaints, according to IGN which first reported on "Dark Souls III's" crash bug issue. According to players, the game would crash at the very beginning. Specifically, they've observed that crashes occur after the first bonfire or when approaching Firelink Shrine, the High Wall, and at the Cliffside bonfire in the Undead Settlement. There are others who report that crashes also occur during character creation. Because PC configurations vary, not all PC players are affected by the crash bug, however.

When asked by a fan on Twitter regarding the crash bug, publisher Bandai Namco suggests affected players should contact their support team. The publisher has yet to reveal the cause of the issue, though previous speculation points to a player's class as the culprit.

Apparently, this isn't far off, as a new report also indicates certain characters may cause the crashes. PC Gamer believes the crashes may have something to do with the interplay between affected user's graphics cards and the game's Bonfires' lighting and cloth textures of certain characters like a caster or swordsman.

Affected players hope From Software will roll out a driver update soon. While waiting, they can try a temporary fix. Some players have suggested that setting the game's lighting to low will do the trick. However, this setting isn't saved by the game so players need to reapply the low lighting setting every time they restart the game.

"Dark Souls III" was released on April 12, following its initial launch in Japan last month. The game won the "Best RPG" award at GamesCom and received more than 35 other awards and nominations at E3 2015.

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