Dead Island: Riptide

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Dead Island: Riptide
Dead island riptide.jpg
Release dates
April 22, 2013
Dead Island: Riptide at Steam Charts
Dead Island: Riptide at SteamDB
 Dead Island: Riptide at Wikipedia
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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 Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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Information All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Dead Island: Riptide - Fashion Victim Windows
Dead Island: Riptide - 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

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native
Multi-monitor Hackable Using a patch that fixes the position of the menus.[2]
4K Ultra HD Native
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native This is the default behavior in windowed mode
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Max refresh rate is 60Hz; can be changed.
High frame rate Unknown Max refresh rate is 60Hz; can be changed.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Information Affects gun physics.[3] Refer to Dead Island: Riptide Helper.

Fix Edit default_levels.xml[4]

  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[5][6]

  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
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, sound effects, dialogue.
Surround sound Native Up to 7.1 output.[7]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native Always muted.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local co-op Impossible
LAN co-op Impossible
Online co-op Native 4

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native Supports public and private lobbies.
Peer-to-peer Unknown
Dedicated Unknown
Self-hosting Impossible
Direct IP Unknown

Issues unresolved[edit]

Audio problems[edit]

Disadvantage Some dialogue cannot be heard.[8]

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[9]

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[10]

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)


  7. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up