Fixing Soulstice Crashing and Black Screen Issue

    If you want to see some futuristic fighting style combined with adventure, then Soulstice will surely grant your wish true. Soulstice has a release on the 20th of September this year. on PS, Xbox and PC. And is a huge topic of appraisal due to its amazing 4K visual graphics. This single players game has made it more fun. But the gameplay is what makes the players excited. In this guide, I will help you with the solution to the Soulstice crashing and black screen issues.

    The gameplay is about the survival of the human race which is in desperate need to help. The safety Holy Kingdom of Keidas is violated by the furies and vicious powerful monsters Wraiths who entered front the other side of the Veil. These evil creatures can not only consume their prey but also possess them to convert them into unstoppable monsters. But the savior is the Chimeras who save mankind.

    The two sisters, Briar and Lute are reborn as Chimeras who are on the mission to save a city under the Wraiths. Briar has the superpowers of strength and resistance, while Lute has sacrificed her soul to merge her powers to create a shade that has mystical powers. Little did they know that the Order has different and complex plans for them.

    Let’s begin with the technical solutions for the crashing and black screen issues.

    Soulstice System Requirements


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit windows 10
    • Processor: Core i7 4770k @3.5GHZ/Ryzen S 1600
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX1060/RX5500XT
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: GPU Memory: 6GB or Higher


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit windows 10
    • Processor: Core i7 4770k @3.5GHZ/Ryzen S 2600
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX1080/RX5600XT
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: GPU Memory: 6GB or Higher

    Set Windows System to Best Performance

    Set Windows System to Best Performance
    Set Windows System to Best Performance

    If you’re having performance problems with your Windows computer, even if you’re not running any high-end applications or games and your hardware configuration is sufficient, be sure to set the Windows system to Best Performance mode by disabling any additional features or aesthetic enhancements. To do so, follow these steps:

    • Type Performance in Windows Search
    • Select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows
    • Select the Adjust for the best performance option
    • Save

    It should be noted that enabling the best performance option will lower the graphical quality of the system UI, alter the UI elements, and even modify the typeface design. But don’t be concerned. If it doesn’t work, simply return to the prior selection.

    Run Soulstice as an administrator

    Alternatively, you can also try running Soulstice in admin mode. To run the game as an administrator, do the following steps.

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

    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

    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.

    Update DirectX

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

    Switch from Full-Screen to Windowed mode

    Switch from Full-Screen to Windowed mode
    Switch from Full-Screen to Windowed mode

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

    Enable Game Mode and GPU Scheduling

    In order to increase Soulstice performance, you can also try enabling Game Mode on Windows 10 and 11. It will help in minimizing the background processes so that your Soulstice gets more FPS and better performance.

    You can do it by typing “Game Mode“ in Windows Search and selecting Game Mode settings. There will be an option to turn on the Game Mode.

    Furthermore, you can also enable Hardware Accelerated GPU scheduling to enhance Soulstice graphics performance.

    Disable Windows Defender or Antivirus

    Soulstice 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 Soulstice in the Defender to potentially avoid having crashing and freezing issues.

    Verify Files Integrity

    Let’s not give up yet! If you have had no luck in solving Soulstice crashing issue, give a shot at verifying the files’ integrity. 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 Soulstice crashing and a black screen issue. For more guides and fixes for Soulstice or other games keep following Retrology.

    Sara Javed
    Sara Javed
    An avid gaming writer who's always curious to know more about the gaming industry and video games in general. I am interested in learning new stuff and helping others do the same with my content.
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