How to Fix Helldivers 2 Black Screen on Startup Error

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How to Fix Helldivers 2 Black Screen on Startup Error

Launched Helldivers 2 only to be greeted by an unyielding black screen? Find out how to fix Helldivers 2 black screen on startup error 


Have you encountered a black screen when attempting to launch Helldivers 2 on your PC? Don’t worry, your system isn’t malfunctioning! This issue has been affecting the community for the past few days, along with the ‘Login Limit Reached‘ error. While it's somewhat reassuring to know you're not alone, it doesn't solve the problem at hand.

If you have been wondering how to fix Helldivers 2 black screen on startup error, you will be happy to know that the solution is quite simple. Allow us to walk you right through it. 

How to Fix Helldivers 2 Black Screen on Startup Error 

Before we dive into the solution, let’s locate the necessary files:

1 – Open File Explorer:

  • Launch the file explorer (Windows key + E)
  • Navigate to the follow directory page
  • “C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Arrowhead\Helldivers2”. (If you cannot find the AppData folder, make sure you have enabled the option to display hidden files and folders.)

2 – Finding the Configuration file:

  • Find the user_settings.config file.
  • If you can’t spot it, ensure that you’ve enabled the option to display hidden files and folders. Sometimes, these crucial files like to play hide-and-seek.
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3 – Renaming or deleting the configuration file:

We have two options at this step

  • Rename the file: Literally call it anything you like
  • Delete the file: The bold step here is to delete the file. The game will recreate it, so no need to worry

4 – Another option

  • Some people have had success with the use of ALT + ENTER

Get back Into the Fight

  • Now try launching the game and pray for demogracy
  • The black screen should not reappear any longer
  • If it does, then read on

How to Fix Helldivers 2 Black Screen Halfway Through the Game 

The black screen might pop up mid-game as well. Players with AMD processors have faced this problem often. Here’s what you can do about it: 

  • Head over to the ‘Options' tab in Helldivers 2 via the pause menu. Alternatively, you can jump straight to it from the main menu upon logging into the game.
  • Go to the Graphics section and switch off the Screen-Space Global Illumination feature.
  • We would also recommend disabling Anti-Aliasing. Doing so may further aid in preventing Black Screen and crashes down the line

Still Stuck? Don’t Panic, a Fix Is Coming

Still stuck on the black screen in Helldivers 2? That’s disappointing, but there is no need to panic. The developers are actively addressing issues with Helldivers 2, and a patch with a solution might be just around the corner. The game has experienced performance issues since its launch, so a fix for the black screen may also be included.

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Wait a few days for a new update to be released, and hopefully, the black screen issue will be gone forever.

How to Fix Helldivers 2 Black Screen on Startup Error
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