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Dark Souls III PC crash bug fixed by wearing a full helmet

Dark Souls III is now available to play on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game looks great visually, but it will look even better if you opt for the PC version and have the hardware to push the visual quality settings up to maximum. However, there is a problem, and it’s a problem that stops you playing the game almost as soon as you’ve started.

It turns out there’s a lighting bug in the PC version of the game which manages to cause a crash. The crash occurs soon after making your character and has been linked to reaching the first bonfire in the game. Something about the lighting of the bonfire and your character causes a conflict which means everything breaks.

There are apparently two ways to bypass the crash while we wait for FromSoftware to fix it. The first way is simply to turn the game’s lighting setting down to Low. Dark Souls III won’t look as nice playing this way, but at least you can play!

The second way is rather unusual. You can set the lighting to be as high as you like, but you must equip your character with a full helmet. That’s a helmet designed to conceal all the features of your character’s face as well as covering the hair. Do that, and the lighting bug doesn’t rear its ugly head and you can play through the entire game.

I suspect it won’t take long for FromSoftware to resolve the issue properly with a patch, but if you just can’t wait that long then it’s time to find yourself a suitable helmet before heading into battle. And if you’re still sitting on the fence as to whether to buy the game or not, don’t worry, there’s nothing to fear.

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