Fix: Project Zomboid Map Not Showing or Loading

Project Zomboid is an open-world isometric survival horror video game that has been developed and published by The Indie Stone back in November 2013. As the game is all set in a post-apocalyptic and zombie-infested world, players will have to survive as long as possible before getting dead. Though the title is running pretty well, some players have started reporting that the Project Zomboid Map is not showing or loading in the workshop which is frustrating.

Now, if you’re also facing the same issue for a while and even after hosting the P2P server with plenty of mods and maps then you’re in the right place. As per multiple reports on the Steam Community, the maps don’t appear in the gameplay and just show black. We should also mention that this specific issue becomes widespread among plenty of Project Zomboid players no matter which device or platform they’re using. But you don’t need to worry about it.

Fix: Project Zomboid Map Not Showing or Loading

Fix: Project Zomboid Map Not Showing or Loading

It seems that somehow the modded maps are conflicting with the actual game due to some bugs or stability issues. Until developers come up with a patch fix for it, make sure to follow the steps below to try to avoid such an issue. Now, without further ado, let’s get into it.

1. Enable Maps from the in-game settings

First of all, you should try enabling the maps in the ‘maps’ tab from the game settings menu. Additionally, if you’re using modded maps in-game then you may experience such an issue. Some modded maps are just not compatible enough with the minimap in the Project Zomboid game. Meanwhile, some players are reporting that their friends can see the modded area on their map but not everyone.

2. Update Project Zomboid

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on Project Zomboid from the left pane.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • Wait for some time to install the update > Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes and launch the game again.

3. Update Steam Launcher

It’s also recommended to update the Steam launcher on your PC before launching the game and checking for the issue. To do so:

  • Close the Steam launcher on the PC > Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Now, click on the Processes tab > Click on the Steam task to select.
  • Select End Task to close the process. Do the same steps for each Steam task whatever is running.
  • Once done, launch the Steam client > It’ll automatically check for the latest update and install it.

4. Repair Game Files

Sometimes issues with the corrupted or missing game files on the computer can eventually trigger the game loading or its content loading problems. To fix any of the corrupted game files, you can follow the steps below:

  • Launch the Steam client > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on Project Zomboid from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to Local Files.

  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer.

5. Try Resetting Maps

You should also try resetting your map from the installed game directory. Just head over to the “C:\Users\YourUserName\Zomboid\Saves\Multiplayer” location on your PC and make sure to delete everything inside the folder. Don’t worry. The map data on the friends’ server will be saved automatically and they don’t lose maps.

6. Tweak Modded Map Files

Another thing you can do is just to take the files from the mod folder and put them in the base Project Zomboid installed folder. This may help you a lot. We’re assuming that the maps are downloaded from the workshop and the files will be present in the “steamapps\workshop\content\108600\(workshopID)\mods\(ModName)\media\maps” location.

Please Note: The Workshop ID is at the end of the URL for the mod that looks like (id=##########).

All of the mod folders inside the ‘Maps’ folder need to be moved to the installed game location: ‘ProjectZomboid\media\maps’.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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