Fixing Bloodhunt Crashing Issue and Black Screen Problem (Vampire: The Masquerade)

    Developed and published by Sharkmob, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt is a new take on the battle royale genre. Set in Prague, the player takes control of Vampires who are fighting among each other for power and survival. The game is an instant hit on Steam and one main reason for that it is free-to-play despite offering the features and gameplay of a high-budget game. As the game is just released, therefore, some users are experiencing crashing and black screen problems. We recently covered a detailed guide for improving the graphical performance of Bloodhunt and in this article, we will discuss how you can resolve Bloodhunt crashing issue.


    1. Check System Requirements
    2. Run a Clean Boot
    3. Turn Off Steam Overlay
    4. Update the Graphics Card Driver
    5. Update DirectX
    6. Run Bloodhunt as an administrator
    7. Switch from Full-Screen to Windowed mode
    8. Disable Windows Defender or Antivirus
    9. Verify Files Integrity

    1. Check System Requirements

    First thing’s first, check the Bloodhunt system requirements to see whether you have the required gear to run the game or not. Your PC should meet the minimum requirements in order to run the game. If that’s not the case, then firstly a system upgrade would be required to fix the Bloodhunt stuttering issue.


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-7400/AMD Ryzen 1300X or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970/Radeon RX 580 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: HDD


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i7-8700K/AMD Ryzen 5 3600X or better
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1080 /Radeon RX Vega 64 or better
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Strongly Recommended

    2. Run a Clean Boot

    You can run a clean boot to ensure that no third-party software is interfering with the game’s processes. It will also ensure that no extra resources are being used by the system. You can do that by:

    1. Press Windows Key + R
    2. Search MSConfig
    3. Go to the Services tab
    4. Click on Hide all Microsoft services box
    5. Click on the Startup tab
    6. Open Task Manager
    7. Disable the unused tasks
    8. Restart the system

    3. Turn Off Steam Overlay

    bloodhunt black screen issue

    In order to fix the problem, you can also try turning off Steam Overlay. You can turn it off by the following steps:

    1. Right-click Bloodhunt in Steam Library
    2. Click Properties
    3. Open General section
    4. Uncheck the “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game” option

    4. Update the Graphics Card Driver

    If you are running the game on an outdated GPU driver, it will lead to the game crashing at startup. Update both the GPU and sound drivers if they require additional updates besides the Windows update. The game will run smoothly and hopefully crash-free with updated drivers. Both Nvidia’s latest drivers and AMD’s latest drivers can be found on their official websites.

    5. Update DirectX

    DirectX installation can cause a lot of games to crash on startup and Bloodhunt is no exception. If the game is crashing on startup, you need to update DirectX to the latest version.

    6. Run Bloodhunt as an administrator

    Alternatively, you can also try running Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt in admin mode. To run Bloodhunt as administrator, do the following steps.

    • Right-click on Bloodhunt .exe file.
    • Select Properties.
    • Select the Compatibility tab.
    • Check the “Run this software as an administrator checkbox”.
    • Save your changes.

    7. Switch from Full-Screen to Windowed mode

    bloodhunt crashing issue

    Perhaps, your system is not that powerful to run the game in full-screen mode. So, try changing the display mode to Windowed. After that, you can also try optimizing the game specifically for Windowed mode via your graphics driver settings – if those options are available.

    You can switch the display mode by the following steps.

    • Go to Settings from the main menu.
    • Select Graphics.
    • Select Basic.
    • Change the Display Mode to Windowed.
    • Save

    If you are unable to launch the game, then you can do the same without launching the game.

    • Right-click Bloodhunt .exe file.
    • Click on Properties.
    • Go to Shortcut.
    • Select the Target field.
    • Append “-w” at the end, after quotation marks.
    • Save.

    8. Disable Windows Defender or Antivirus

    Bloodhunt can also be crashing due to a restricted firewall. Therefore, you might also want to try temporarily disabling Windows Defender or any Antivirus you might be using. However, it should be noted that disabling protection in Windows could be a security threat. Alternatively, you can whitelist Bloodhunt in the Defender to potentially avoid having crashing and freezing issues.

    9. Verify Files Integrity

    Let’s not give up yet! If you have had no luck in solving Bloodhunt crashing issue, give a shot at verifying files’ integrity. Here’s how you can verify Steam files. Wait until the verification completes and relaunch the game to check if it still crashes at launch.

    We hope this guide was helpful in resolving Bloodhunt crashing and a black screen issue. The game is fairly new, so, if you have issues related to its low FPS  and stuttering we have guides to help you resolve them as well. For more guides and fixes for Bloodhunt or other games keep following Retrology.

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