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Free Weekend Tips

Jun 8, 2018


Hey Squaddies,
A free weekend is upon us! (June 21 through June 24) New and returning players alike might be able to use a headstart on Squad to make their weekend more enjoyable. A quick reminder before we dive in: Squad is an Early Access title, which means you're going to experience some rough edges while you play and the game still has some significant systems coming before release!


How do I spawn into my first game?

Once you've joined a server from the server browser, hit your Enter key to bring up the spawn and squad selection menu, join a squad, ask your squad leader what kit the squad needs and choose your role/kit from the kit selection menu. Then pick a safe place to spawn with your squad or wait a little for further instructions or the placement of another spawn point for your squad."/div>

Is there a quick way to get started?

Yep! If you head over to the wiki, you can learn about Getting Started as Grunt. Just below, we've included the key mapping quick reference that also appears in-game. Check it out:
You might also want to jump into the Shooting Range once you have Squad installed. It'll let you familiarize yourself with controls, the environment, weapons, and vehicles youll need to succeed in Squad, on your own terms. There are some helpful admin commands, like AdminAllKitsAvailable, that can make exploring a little easier.


Black screen on launch

Our number one recommendation is: be (a little) patient. Loading Squad can take a few minutes on some machines. Installing Squad on an SSD can speed this up.
If a few minutes go by and your system is unresponsive, it might be time to check your drivers or verify your Squad installation. (See below.)
Some players have reported positive results by disabling Texture Streaming in Settings once the game has fully loaded.


Squad crashed after about 30 minutes.

Check to see if youre running any Razer software, such as Cortex or Synapse. Disabling this should allow you to play without crashes. Some users have reported updating to a beta version of the Synapse software has also helped.


I can't see most servers, or Squad crashes while using server browser

Not all networks are created equal, but there should be an easy fix. In Steam -> Settings -> In Game options, set "In-Game Server Browser: Max Pings/minute" to 500. You should have reliable access to servers now!


EasyAntiCheat Issues

Should you encounter any issues with EAC during your weekend, repairing/reinstalling your EAC files should clear it up pretty dang quick. For help with that, check out the illustrated guide here.


Untrusted system file

We get it, some files have to earn your trust.

Open your command line (Start -> Command Prompt) and run this command: sfc /scannow/

This will verify your trusted system files and replace any corrupted/altered system files that may be causing you a headache.


Any guides for gameplay?

Smart thinking, squaddie. You are obviously going places! We'd recommend this guide by SgtHerhi. It has all the information you need to deploy fully prepared. A similar guide illustrated guide can be found here.
The Squad Wiki is also a good point of reference and there's no substitute for asking your fellow players!


How can I report a bug?

First, thanks for reporting it! There are a couple ways to do it: you can check this thread for directions, or join the Community Discord server and navigate to #bug-reports.


Good luck and stay safe out there!

Offworld Out.