Dead Island: Riptide

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Dead Island: Riptide
Dead island riptide.jpg
Release dates
April 22, 2013
Dead Island: Riptide at SteamDB
 Dead Island: Riptide 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 Dead Island: Riptide Helper utility is highly recommended for editing hidden settings.
Disadvantage Reports of poor frame rates[1] and problems connecting to multiplayer/cooperative games.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
Direct2Drive Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
Games Republic Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
Origin Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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Uplay Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition Only.
Information All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Fashion Victim Windows
Survivor Pack Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Dead Island: Riptide Helper[edit]

Includes options such as:

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix 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]


Save game data location[edit]


Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support
Multi-monitor Hackable Use Widescreen menu and hud fix.
4K Ultra HD Native support
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support This is the default behavior in windowed mode
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support Max refresh rate is 60Hz; can be changed.
60 FPS Unknown
120+ FPS Unknown Max refresh rate is 60Hz; can be changed.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Information Affects gun physics.[2] Refer to Dead Island: Riptide Helper.

Fix 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]

Disadvantage Refresh rate is limited to 60 Hz.

Fix 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]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support
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, sound effects, dialogue.
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.1 output.[6]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support Always muted.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play No native support
Online play Native support 4 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support Supports public and private lobbies.
Peer-to-peer Unknown
Dedicated Unknown
Self-hosting No native support
Direct IP Unknown

Issues unresolved[edit]

Audio problems[edit]

Disadvantage 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]

Information 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]

Information Error message "Connection to game session is unavailable at this moment." is a catch-all for any form of failed connection.

Fix Multiplayer workaround using VPN[9]

Disadvantage 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