Thought I'd post my solution to this issue in case anybody else is experiencing this.Issue
As of Patch 7, though I am able to launch a new game just fine, I am unable to continue/load existing saves. What happens is that once I load, about 50%-70% into the loading bar, the background images disappear and I have a loading bar on black background. A few seconds after the loading bar reaches 100%, the loading bar disappears and only the black screen remains. Nothing else happens, no matter how long I wait, all the while the CPU is at 70%-80% capacity.
This happens for my entire 'real life' party, and we have a mix of Nvidia 1000-series and AMD 6000-series GPUs.Solution
After a lot
of trial and error, I've discovered that setting all settings in the Lighting section to low/very low completely solves this issue. No issues with staying on Ultra for all the other settings.
Hope that helps, I've spent way too much time on this