Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut cover
Access Games
Windows Rising Star Games
Rising Star Games
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2013

Key points

With mods, and while the game is not suffering from technical issues, it is the most definitive version of the game.
Resolution locked to 1280x720. Use DPfix to increase rendering resolution along with many other options.
This port was heavily criticized at release due to glitches. A patch was released to increase stability. It is recommended to save frequently and make occasional backup copies of the save file, especially before chapter 9.
The Director's Cut suffers from an extremely unsaturated cold color palette that is very different from the original Xbox 360 version. See SweetFX for a workaround.

General information

Planet Redwood - Informative fansite
Welcome to Greenvale - Informative fansite Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GamersGate Requires online activation DRM: SecuROM.
Latest patch is 1.01b. Make sure that the game is up to date.

Essential improvements[edit]

The game at 1920x1080 with DPfix and Color Fix.
The game at 1920x1080 with DPfix and Color Fix.


Unzip the files to the game's install folder and change the options you want in the DPfix.ini file.
Increases resolution above 1280x720, adds many graphics/window options and more.
When running the game in fullscreen mode, using Alt+Tab will crash the game. Use windowed or borderless windowed mode to prevent these crashes; uncheck "fullscreen" in the launcher.

Improved textures[edit]

  1. Download DPfix.
  2. Change enableTextureOverride 0 to enableTextureOverride 1 in DPfix.ini
  3. Download the improved files and move them to <path-to-game>\dpfix\tex_override.

Optional PlayStation buttons:

Optional font:

  • Clear font - This font is considerate of dyslexia and removes the unnecessary [ and ] for items.


While the outdoor scenes are typically better than the Xbox version because it removed the original purple filter, the indoor scenes are extremely bleak.[1] A SweetFX profile is mandatory to fix the bad color palette.
The game without and with SweetFX
The game without and with SweetFX
  1. If DPfix is installed, rename d3d9.dll to dpfix.dll (if not, skip this step)
  2. Put this wrapper in the game's directory.
    • If DPfix is installed, edit SweetFX_settings.txt and ensure this line is at the end: external_d3d9_wrapper = dpfix.dll
  3. For an easy preset, enable Lift Gamma Gain, Vibrance and Curves. To fix the cool temperature in favor of a warmer one, for the Lift Gamma Gain, you can use the values in this preset. Make Vibrance between 0.50 and 1.00 to saturate the colors. To increase contrast, make the curves mode 2, contrast .20 and formula 3.
  4. Play the game

Extra outfits for Emily[edit]

Simply dump the files in the "addon" folder:

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.cnf

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
1280x720 only; for other resolutions use DPfix.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed in the launcher, then use DPfix. May cause crashing.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anisotropic filtering is highly recommended for this game. Ensure it is not set to "OFF" in the GPU control panel and is set to at least application-controlled.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use DPfix.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Use windowed or borderless windowed mode.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard settings.
Keyboard settings.
In game settings.
In game settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Set in launcher. Some keys are hard-coded.
Mouse acceleration
Strong negative acceleration is present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Xbox 360 controllers supported.
Controller remapping
See Controller remapping.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Controller remapping[edit]

The game's launcher allows to rebind all the buttons as well as triggers. However the game uses WinMM, instead of modern XInput API - because of that, you cannot bind Look / Draw Weapon to Left Trigger and Attack to Right Trigger, as pressing both will result in no action being taken.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for BGM, SV and CV volume.
Surround sound
Autodetection, with some surround support. Main audio only stereo. Surround sound is mostly broken.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes

Issues unresolved[edit]

York begins mumbling at sidequest 20[edit]

When York is talking to Lilly in the Milk Barn for the third and final storage room sidequest, York begins mumbling during the conversation.[2]

There are no known fixes for this, although this is a very minor glitch and does not prevent the player from doing the sidequest.

Cutscenes don't play[edit]

For some, cutscenes aren't shown. The player must press escape or enter to get past a black screen in order to get to the next section.

Issues fixed[edit]


Game crashes on startup[edit]

Reinstall PhysX
  1. Go to the redist folder inside the game's folder.
  2. Run PhysX_SystemSoftware.exe to uninstall and reinstall PhysX.

Game crashes after intro movie[edit]

Uninstall LAV Filters[3]
or blacklist by adding a DWORD named DP.exe set to 1 in the windows register
  1. \Audio\Blacklist
  2. \Video\Blacklist
  3. \Formats\Blacklist[4]

Runtime Error Crash[edit]

Launch with dp.exe instead of dplauncher.exe
If the game continues to crash, do this to make dp.exe aware of large addresses, or use the 4GB patch (see Color grading and DOF Fix.

Crash (dp.exe has stopped working)[edit]

Use the CFF Explorer or 4GB patch listed above.
Restart your PC
Run the game in compatibility mode[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on dp.exe and choose Properties.
  3. In Compatibility tab check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows 98 / Windows Me from the list. If Windows 98 / Me does not work, Windows XP (Service Pack 3) is also reported to make the game stable, though this may cause the character can't aim up properly issue.
  4. Check Run this program as administrator.
(Steam) Disable the Steam overlay
  1. Go to your Steam library.
  2. Right click on Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut and choose properties.
  3. In General tab uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
Smoke a (in-game) cigarette
  • In Chapter 9, after Olivia gives York the "Key to Back Yard" in the diner, it is common for the game to crash during the cutscene outside, right after York says, "Let's hope it's not just something for the gossip columns." Many users have reported that smoking a cigarette (in-game) in the diner for an hour or two (about 13:00) before leaving the diner will help prevent the crash.
Skip the cutscene

Crash during cutscene after Episode 1, Chapter 3 Hospital Level[edit]

Set the game to windowed mode, or download a gamesave after the cutscene

After the encounter with the shotgun enemies in the hospital level, the game will load, and as it starts to play a new cutscene, will crash. Setting the game to windowed mode in the launcher seems to fix this, but the cutscenes must be skipped, or they will freeze. Here is a savegame directly after the cutscene, and here is the cutscene that you missed.

Crash during cutscene in Chapter 3 (hospital level)[edit]

Select "Controller" as your controls in the launcher to prevent the crash

Crash at the beginning of Chapter 9 corrupts save file[edit]

     * A common occurrence is for the game to crash during the cutscenes at the start of chapter 9 and corrupt the save file. The cutscenes should be skipped to avoid this.
  • A save file made right after these cutscenes is available here.

Freeze in the Side Missions menu[edit]

Side mission information can found here.
     In Compatibility tab check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows XP. See Run the game in compatibility mode.

Please note that this may cause the character can't aim up properly issue.

Non-crash related[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

Restarting your PC[6]
Try a compatibility mode

Character can't aim up properly[edit]

Set DP.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows 98
Turn off any compatibility modes, such as Windows XP

Save failed error[edit]

Create savedata folder in the installation folder[7]

Controller undetected in launcher[edit]

Set controller as preferred device
  1. Open Windows Start screen/Start menu (bottom left), type joy.cpl into search and press Enter.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Ensure your controller is set as the preferred device.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the window.

Launcher options constantly scroll up[edit]

Remove all possible Bluetooth devices, such as a Wii Remote

Bad audio mix and brake sound while in a car with 5.1 audio[edit]

Switch to stereo audio in Windows

Other information[edit]


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz Intel Quad Core 1.6 GHz
AMD Quad Core 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 4890
1 GB of VRAM


  1. Deadly Premonition Director's Cut Quick Cutscene Comparison 3 - YouTube
  2. York has a stroke
  3. Crashes after opening cinematic - Steam Community
  5. Deadly Premonition Windows, PS3, X360 game - Mod DB
  7. Can't Save; "Save Failed"