Dead Island: Riptide

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Dead Island: Riptide
Dead Island: Riptide cover
Deep Silver
Chrome Engine 5
Release dates
Windows April 22, 2013
Dead Island
Dead Island 2011
Dead Island: Riptide 2013
Escape Dead Island 2014
Dead Island: Definitive Edition 2016
Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition 2016
Dead Island: Retro Revenge 2016
Dead Island 2 TBA

This page is for the original release. For the Definitive Edition, see Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition.

Key points

Dead Island: Riptide Helper utility is highly recommended for editing hidden settings.
Reports of poor frame rates[1] and problems connecting to multiplayer/cooperative games.

General information

Port Report: Dead Island: Riptide
Steam fixes thread - well-maintained and up to date.
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Complete Edition only. Complete Edition only.
Direct2Drive Complete Edition only.
GamersGate Complete Edition only.
Games Republic Complete Edition only.
Green Man Gaming Complete Edition only.
Humble Store Complete Edition only.
Uplay (US/Canada) Complete Edition only.
Uplay (EMEA/other) Complete Edition only.
All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Fashion Victim
Survivor Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Dead Island: Riptide Helper[edit]

Allows you to tweak a variety of normally inaccessible game settings to disable certain visual effects, modify key binds and much more.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Remove company logo/intro videos
  1. Right-click Dead Island Riptide within Steam and select Properties.
  2. Choose Set Launch Options
  3. Add -nologos and press OK.
  4. Close the window and launch the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/216250/remote/out/save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Affects gun physics.[2] Refer to Dead Island: Riptide Helper.
Edit default_levels.xml[3]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide
  2. Make a new folder called data and a folder inside that one called skills
  3. Go to DI in the installation folder.
  4. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip or similar.
  5. Go into the skills folder.
  6. Copy default_levels.xml to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide\data\skills
  7. Edit default_levels.xml
  8. Change the FOV to what you want and save your changes.

Change maximum refresh rate[edit]

Refresh rate is limited to 60 Hz.
Edit video config[4][5]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide\out\Settings or <path-to-game>\DI\Out\Settings
  1. Open Video.scr
  2. Set MaxRefresh(60) to above 60, e.g. MaxRefresh(120) and save.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects, dialogue.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always muted.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Supports public and private lobbies.
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Audio problems[edit]

Some dialogue cannot be heard.[7]

Audio recording and many conversations do not have sound when playing in Spanish.

Audio disappears when leaving a vehicle and a crackling sounds appears when entering a vehicle.

Crash to desktop[edit]

Reports of crashing to desktop on startup[8]

To prevent game from crashing to desktop, go to Options -> Online and select Single Player as Game Type.

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot connect to multiplayer games[edit]

Error message "Connection to game session is unavailable at this moment." is a catch-all for any form of failed connection.
Multiplayer workaround using VPN[9]
You can only join other people who have tunngle installed and are connected to the same Tunngle Network.

Detailed explanation on this forum thread.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7 7
Processor (CPU) Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI 2600XT 512 MB VRAM (GeForce 8600GT) Nvidia GeForce 9600 (1G)


  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up