Since the game seems to freeze when selecting a difficulty and starting a new game on PC I decided to download it on my kids Xbox One and started a game. After the first tutorial encounter I saved the game, quit and launched it on PC. Instead of launching it through the Game Pass app I right clicked it in the start menu and launched it as Administrator just for the heck of it. I selected “continue” after the game signed in and it loaded up.
Now the problem is that there is a crazy amount of stutter and lag despite my system being about as good as you can get for gaming. There’s so much lag it’s pretty much unplayable. But I actually got it to run so I guess that’s something. Anyway this is a total s**t port on the Game Pass and it looks like the devs don’t care. I guess since they’re not making an actual sale they don’t have much incentive.