Dead Island

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Dead Island
Dead island Cover.png
Release dates
September 6, 2011
April 2, 2014
October 24, 2014
Dead Island at Co-Optimus
Dead Island at SteamDB
 Dead Island at Wikipedia
Dead Island
Dead Island 2011
Dead Island: Riptide 2013
Escape Dead Island 2014
Dead Island 2 2016
Dead Island Epidemic TBA

Key points

Advantage The Dead Island Helper utility can be used to fix many bugs and tweak many advanced Dead Island settings, such as field of view and advanced graphics settings. Only use manual tweaks if it does not work for you.
Disadvantage DLC can no longer be purchased individually on Steam.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition
Direct2Drive Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition only.
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition
Games Republic Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition only.
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition only.
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition only.
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg OS X only. Cannot play with Steam players.[1]
Origin Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition only.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Game of the Year Edition only.
Information All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information The Game of the Year Edition is a complete edition with all DLC.
Information Steam and Mac App Store players cannot play together.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Bloodbath Arena WindowsOS XLinux
Ryder White WindowsOS XLinux
Blueprint "The Ripper" Weapon WindowsOS XLinux

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix -nologos

Use the -nologos command line argument.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings\
Linux <path-to-game>/DI/out/Settings/

Save game data location[edit]

Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/91310/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support Syncs save games and settings.
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Bronze.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV)
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Advantage Widescreen Fixer supports this game.

Fix Edit default_levels.xml

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Data\Skills
  2. Open default_levels.xml
  3. Find CVAR CameraDefaultFOV and change it accordingly. 90-100 works well for 16:9, 85-95 works well for 16:10, 65-75 works well for 4:3 or 5:4 resolutions (lower values may induce motion sickness).

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support XInput controllers only. OS X controller support requires the Tattiebogle OS X driver.[1]
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music, SFX, Speech
Surround sound Native support Possibly up to 7.1.[3] See below if problems
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Native support


Information If you have installed mods or edited the .xml for characters, all clients need the same mods in order to play.
It should also be noted that challenges are global, so if you are close to killing for instance 1 million zombies with one characters, and you play co-op with another and hit one million total kills, this character will gain all the XP from completing the challenge
Disadvantage Steam and Mac App Store players cannot play together.[1]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native support
Online play Native support

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Unknown
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated No native support
Direct IP Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Advantage You can find various fixes in the FAQ on the Steam Community Discussions page for Dead Island.
Advantage If you don't want to manually apply some of these tweaks check out tools section at end of the page.

Long Load Times[edit]

Some users are experiencing ridiculously long load times when doing things like loading the menu, game, etc. It can literally take over 5–10 minutes for some people. Oddly enough, this may relate to error logging that is done by the game.

Fix Mark crash.log as a Read Only

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\deadisland\out\logs\
  2. Right click crash.log
  3. Click on Properties
  4. Mark the file as Read Only

Co-op Error Message: "The game you have tried to join is no longer available"[edit]

Fix Hamachi[4]

  1. Download and install Hamachi which allows you to simulate a LAN over the internet.
  2. Power Hamachi on, start a new network, and invite your friends to it.
  3. Start a Dead Island game after setting the game to co-operative and LAN in the options menu.
  4. Your server will now show up for anyone on your Hamachi network.

Loud Distorted Audio[edit]

Dead Island has a compatibility problem with 7.1 output devices, this includes Logitech USB headsets (G35, G930) and 7.1 sound devices that use 3.5 mm analog connections. This issue is typically immediately recognizable when reaching the title screen and hearing a loud, frightening, distorted noise; this issue also carries over into the gameplay. This issue was present in Dead Island: Riptide, but was corrected by Techland. Techland has yet to correct the issue with the first Dead Island game. The definitive solution is to set your device to anything below 7.1 but other options exist that may help.

Fix Change Windows Speaker Configuration

  1. Open the Start Screen/Start Menu, type mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  2. In the Playback tab, right-click on the Default Device (marked with a tick True icon.svg) and choose "Configure Speakers" from the menu.
  3. Select 5.1 surround or lower.
  4. Click through the remaining steps and click the Finish button in the last screen.
Information This option may not be available for some USB headsets.
Information Remember to reconfigure your 7.1 device to 7.1 output after you are done playing Dead Island.

Fix Edit Audio.scr

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings
  2. Look for the Audio.scr file and open it with a text editor.
  3. Look for the line: API("XAudio2") and change it to API("aOpenAL")

This will fix the game's sound partly, because static might still occur however most of the problem is over.

If this fix does not work, there is an alternative solution to static and crackling problems.

Fix Empty Audio.scr

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings
  2. Look for the Audio.scr file and open it with a text editor.
  3. Select all of the file's contents and delete them, making the file empty, and then save the file.
  4. Right-click the file, select Properties, check the Read-only box, click Apply, and then click OK.

It is recommended that you backup the Audio.scr file before doing this, though if you don't you can always just delete the file and the game will create a new one.

Game Crashes With Message: Problem Event: BEX[edit]

Users whose player names have non-English characters experience game crashes with this error message:

Problem event name: BEX App Name: DeadIslandGame.exe App version: App timestamp: 4f100716 Fault module name: MSVCR90.dll Fault module version: 9.0.30729.6161 Fault module timestamp: 4dace5b9 Exception offset: 00036d36 Exception code: c0000417 Exception data 00000000 OS version: 6.1.7601. Locale ID: 1033 Additional info 1: 364e Additional info 2:364ecf2f9e26d8075e002643326a0340 Additional info 3: 1f40 Additional info 4: 1f4001d1190a4d768106236129b38e30c.

Fix Change your player name, such as your Steam name, to exclude non-English characters.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP / 7
Processor (CPU)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
7 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
NVIDIA GeForce 9600
ATI Radeon HD 3850
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mac App Store - Dead Island
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. "The game you have tried to join is no longer available" - can't connect to others! - Steam Users' Forums