Update 2: And now the game is finally working. I imagine our review code will arrive any month now!
Update: It seems that a missing 9.5GB of the game are now appearing on people’s hard drives. What a pickle.
Original story: Warner/Traveller’s Tales have historically treated the PC releases of their Lego games with what can only be described as contempt. Despite the games almost always being completely wonderful, from marketing to access to review code, PC is bizarrely ignored. It was only the most recent of the few dozen games that acknowledged PC system settings as even being a thing. And now the latest, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has launched on Steam as a black screen.
This isn’t the usual case of a game not working on a particular PC setup. On sale for £25, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens works for precisely no one. Currently Steam users are entertaining themselves by giving the game overwhelmingly positive reviews and celebrating its display of a stationary black (or, after you’ve task-switched, white) screen. Ah, Steam reviewers.
It’s not clear what’s causing the problem and there’s no word from the developer or publisher yet about whether a fix is being worked on.
It’s worth noting that historically Warner’s PR has refused to even acknowledge that there will be a Steam release of any Lego game, always insisting the only review option is to send us a boxed copy in the post days after release (which they then never do). This is the sort of action usually used by a company trying to bury a terrible game, and yet the series is persistently wonderful and we regularly celebrate it for this. All very, very strange.