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There was another thread about this, which is now locked. I posted a work-around:



I have the same (or a very similar) issue but have managed to work around it. When the game starts and the screen goes black, hitting cmd+F repeatedly occassionally makes the menu appear for a very short moment before it disappears again. It seems you can still click the buttons by repeatedly alternating between cmd+F and clicking the button area. If you can make it into Options through the flickering menu, click the Resolution drop-down, select a lower resolution, and untick Fullscreen (if it's ticked). Then press escape. A prompt should appear the apply the change, and doing so will create a fully working display window.


It's not ideal, but it will allow you to play the game in window-mode.

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I have the same problem which makes the game unplayable for me on mac os. 

Fortunately i have a bootcamp partition so i can still play it but i would prefer playing in mac os. 


I have a mac pro plugged to an external screen via display port. 

I managed to get in the options and switch to windowed mode with your workaround but it's not ideal.

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Yeah Insaw the workaround but it doesn't work for me - the full screen box is unticked but this doesnt put the game into windowed mode, even after dropping the resolution. I don't have bootcamp set up. Looking for a refund - what's the best way?

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29 hours in on Mac Pro, upgrade to an ultrawide display (thunderbolt), and now the app is black on launch like everyone else here. Can't get windowed trick working. Is there no way I can play this game anymore? :( Any word from Obsidian support?

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Game screen is a full screen of black, but I hear audio. Cannot play.


Steps to Reproduce the Issue:

1) Launch Pillars of Eternity from Steam

2) Game goes full screen

3) Hear obsidian logo music, but only see black

4) See full screen of black while main menu music plays

5) Can mouse around and blindly click buttons on the left, but screen continues to stay black.


Important Files:




I've uploaded it here - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k0cfz8w6phjfdk4/AAAd4CcfSztVy9rtrAVmIAnla?dl=0. It is 3.3MB (3.1 zipped)


Output Log

√ Attached. PoE.zip


Shows lots of these:


Switching to 3440 x1440 failed! Trying second best guess.

Switching to 640x480 fullscreen

Could not find requested mode.


System Specs


Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Mac OS X Yosemite: Version 10.10.3 (14D136)

Processor: 3Ghz 8-Core Intel Xeon E5

Memory: 32GB 1866 Mhz DDR3 ECC

Graphics: AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB

Display: LG UM95 34UM95 34-Inch Screen (21:9). Screen resolution 3440x1440. Connected via Thunderbolt

Second Display: None



√ Attached PoE.zip





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