How to fix the Dune Spice Wars Black Screen Issue on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Dune: Spice Wars is a 4X RTS title from Shiro Games and FUNCOM. Spice Wars is based on the phenomenal science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, and there has been a severe lack of Dune games for quite some time now. So far, the reception has been very positive for the game, and while there are some technical issues, it’s to be expected in the early access state. If you are running into the Dune Spice Wars Black Screen Issue, here are a few things you can try to fix it.

Players that can’t even run the game, and are running into crashes at launch can refer to the following guide as well.

Fixing the Dune Spice Wars Black Screen Issue

The game came out yesterday, and a few users reported a black screen shows up as soon as they launch the title. This is usually due to something wrong with Redistributables, but the developers have provided some additional recommendations as well.

Launch with DirectX instead of OpenGL, or vice versa

Instead of running the game using the shortcut icon, open Steam and navigate to your library.

  • Here, click on the Play button when you open Dune: Spice War’s tab.
  • Now, you will be prompted with two options. These are DirectX and OpenGL
  • Try both of these, and see if switching to a different API fixes the black screen

Edit the Options file

If the suggestion above didn’t work, try the following.

  • Open Steam and then your library
  • Right-click on Dune: Spice Wars in your library and click Properties
  • Click Manage
  • Then select Browse local files
Browse local files
  • Here, open the Options.ini file using a text editor like Notepad
  • Set the value of IntroVideo to false
  • Save the file (Ctrl+S), and exit out

Launch the game again, and see if that made a difference. This will essentially skip the intro video, and that might solve the problem on your end.

Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables

Ensure that both DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables are on the latest version.

Remove and Reinstall Visual C++ Redistributables

If simply reinstalling Visual C++ Redistributables didn’t help, it’s a good idea to uninstall those and reinstall using the link provided above.

Add an exception to your anti-virus

Your anti-virus software might be interfering with the game, and flagging it as a threat. To ensure

We have listed some popular ones and their respective FAQ pages.

All these suggestions have been provided by the developers on Steam forums, and your game should be fixed after following these.

We hope this guide helped fix the Dune Spice Wars Black Screen issue. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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