Dark Souls 3 is already difficult, but on the PC, some users have been hit with an additional frustration: it keeps crashing at the start of the game. After scouring various sources — Twitter, reddit, NeoGAF, Steam — the consensus points to crashes as early as the first bonfire. For the record, I didn't encounter this problem during my playthrough on the PC, which took place over 35 hours. I didn't experience a single crash.
Here's a video of the crash in action:
Bandai Namco has not issued a statement yet, instead pointing people towards its support page, as they collect more information.
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) April 12, 2016
Desperate to keep playing, users have come up with some temporary fixes.
One: set your lighting setting to "low". Two: start playing the game as a knight.
One or the other — or a combination of the two — is allowing some players to press forward and fight the darkness, but your mileage may vary.
I'll be keeping an eye on this, and hopefully a patch hits soon.