The Blackout Club

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The Blackout Club
The Blackout Club cover
Developers
Question
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows July 30, 2019

Warnings

This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

General information

Official website
Official Discord server
Official subreddit
Official wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Windows
All versions require Steam DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Founders Club Includes 4 cosmetic items.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename movie files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\TheBlackoutClub\Content\Movies\.
  2. Delete or rename IntroMovie.mp4, OpeningSplash-Blindlight.mp4, and OpeningSplash-Question.mp4.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\TheBlackoutClub\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
%LOCALAPPDATA%\TheBlackoutClub\Saved\SaveData\<user-id>\Options.cloud.dbags
%LOCALAPPDATA%\TheBlackoutClub\Saved\SaveData\<user-id>\Options.local.dbags
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/599080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\TheBlackoutClub\Saved\SaveData\<user-id>\Progress.cloud.dbags
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/599080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- gameplay.[3] See Increased FOV.
4K Ultra HD
[4]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Labeled WindowedFullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Question is attempting to ensure that no game features are inaccessible to players with color blindness.[5]

Increased FOV[edit]

Change the way FOV is calculated[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini in a text editor.
  3. Add the following lines:
[/Script/Engine.LocalPlayer]
AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV
A significant increase from the default 16:9 value. Compensate by adjusting the in-game FOV slider, if desired.

Input settings[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.
In-game keyboard and mouse remapping.
In-game keyboard and mouse remapping.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Effects, Ambience, Dialogue, Voice Chat
Surround sound
[7]
Subtitles
Subtitles, Player Character Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
[1]
LAN play
[1]
Online play
5 Co-op, Versus
The primary game experience is 1-4 player co-op PvE. The optional Stalker mode pits a solo "Stalker" player against a team of 2-4 other players.[8]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Public and private sessions.
Peer-to-peer
[9]
Dedicated
[9]
Self-hosting
The player who hosts the mission is also the host of the server, and has the ability to kick people from the session.[9]
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen (with audio) after intro videos[edit]

PlayFab connection errors[edit]

Allow access through Windows Defender Firewall[11]
Use an alternative DNS server[11]
  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on the Internet connection and select Properties.
  3. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  4. Click the radio button for Use the following DNS server addresses:.
  5. Enter one of the following DNS server pairs:
    • Cloudflare: 1.0.0.1 and 1.1.1.1
    • Google: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
    • OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220
  6. Click OK to save changes.
This fix can also be applied on the router itself rather than on the PC to use these DNS servers on all devices within the network.

Cannot interact with objects in hideout, or hideout is dark[edit]

Follow the light to the other train car and follow the instructions there[12]

Cannot find games to invade as Stalker[edit]

Try playing with a different Steam Download Region[13]
  1. In Steam, choose Settings from the Steam menu.
  2. Click on Downloads in the list on the left side.
  3. Pick a different Download Region from the drop-down menu.

Game does not recognize microphone for Enhanced Horror[edit]

Set recording device in Steam input settings[14]
  1. Press Shift+Tab in-game to bring up the Steam overlay.
  2. Click SETTINGS at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Go to the IN-GAME VOICE tab.
  4. Change Recording (audio input) device if necessary.
Adjust Windows Sound Control Panel settings[14]
  1. Open the Sound Control Panel in Windows.
  2. Go to the Recording tab.
  3. Disable any unused devices that might be interfering (e.g., a headset with a broken microphone).
  4. Right-click on the desired microphone device and set it to Enabled and Default Communication Device.
Check settings for OBS or other mic controller/audio monitor software that re-routes audio channels[14]

Other issues[edit]

See this list of fixes for general issues not listed above.

Issues unresolved[edit]

User Interface is misaligned at 4:3 aspect ratio[edit]

Some UI elements are inaccessible due to being pushed off-screen at 4:3 resolutions. The Options menu is notably affected by this.[15]

Lights of Rebellion disappear from inventory[edit]

Lights of Rebellion can vanish from players' inventories. Use them quickly to avoid losing them.[12]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7950
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/599080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (599080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LaN??? :: The Blackout Club General Discussions - last accessed on 2019-08-14
    "You have to have Internet access."
  2. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2019-08-13
  3. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2019-08-14
    Tested at 2560x1080 custom resolution.
  4. Steam Community :: Video :: The Blackout Club Gameplay Tutorial 4K - Solo Play - last accessed on 2019-08-14
  5. FAQ - The Blackout Club Wiki - Is there going to be colorblind support? - last accessed on 2019-08-13
    "Patches (developer) is colorblind, so we are trying to make sure nothing depends on that."
  6. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2019-08-14
    Tested method recommended by User:Rose.
  7. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2019-08-14
    Tested with Special K.
  8. FAQ - The Blackout Club Wiki - What is the Stalker? How do I play as a Stalker? - last accessed on 2019-08-13
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 FAQ — The Blackout Club - last accessed on 2019-08-01
    "ARE YOU USING DEDICATED SERVERS?: No, matches are hosted P2P since the game is co-op focused and we don't have the same concerns of a competitive game. The person who hosts the mission is also the host of the server, and has the ability to kick people from the session."
  10. Blackscreen after intro, can hear audio :: The Blackout Club Crash Bugs - last accessed on 2019-08-18
  11. 11.0 11.1 Master Fixes for The Blackout Club :: The Blackout Club General Discussions - last accessed on 2019-08-14
  12. 12.0 12.1 KNOWN ISSUES (and workarounds) :: The Blackout Club General Discussions - last accessed on 2019-08-14
  13. The Blackout Club - Official Discord #closed-faq - Stalker matchmaking.png - Screenshots - PCGamingWiki PCGW Community - last accessed on 2019-08-17
    "We learned that on steam it looks like the matchmaking for stalker is based on local region (not global) so if your local region is not showing any games to invade you may have better luck if you change your Steam download region to an area like US-Atlanta, etc."
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 FAQ — The Blackout Club - last accessed on 2019-08-17
  15. Game UI is misaligned on 4:3 monitors :: The Blackout Club Gameplay Feedback - last accessed on 2019-08-14