Alone in the Dark (2008)

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Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark cover
Developers
Eden Games
Hydravision Entertainment
Publishers
Former Atari
Current THQ Nordic
Engines
Twilight 2
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2008
Alone in the Dark (2008) guide at StrategyWiki
Alone in the Dark (2008) at Wikipedia
Alone in the Dark
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Alone in the Dark 3 1994
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare 2001
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Alone in the Dark: Illumination 2015

For the original game, see Alone in the Dark.

Key points

Due to compatibility issues with modern graphics cards and operating systems, the game crashes when accessing the Display options menu, causing the game to run at the lowest graphical settings and resolution. See Issues fixed
Does not include any of the gameplay changes nor the extra content of the PS3 version.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Requires online activation
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 and SecuROM PA DRM
Windows
Steam
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Requires online activation
Other DRM: SecuROM PA DRM
Windows
All versions require SecuROM PA DRM.
Steam version can be launched without the Steam client.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Atari\AITD\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259170/pfx/[Note 1]
The game uses three separate files for saved data: prefs.aitd saves all control/audio/graphical settings, res.aitd saves resolution settings, and save.aitd for game progress.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Atari\AITD\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259170/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The game has many issues with setting the resolution on most modern systems. See Game crashes when accessing settings on Windows 7 or updated Windows 10.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed 16:9 image.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use D3D9 Wrapper.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
60 fps cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Go to Control Options and press any controller buttons when rebinding a key, until the game asks to confirm the use of a controller. When confirmed, all controls will be automatically rebound for a controller (Xbox 360, Xbox ONE controllers work this way). Once this is done, menus are also controller-friendly.
Full controller support
Controller support needs to be activated in Control Options.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Xbox 360 button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Only in menus.

Remapping[edit]

Certain keys are unbindable when using the keyboard. The mouse buttons cannot be rebound, Delete cannot be bound to anything, and the default keys for vehicle/misc controls cannot be bound to on-foot controls unless they are unbound from vehicle/misc controls first. One consequence of this is that vehicle and on-foot controls must use separate buttons (i.e. if you walk with the arrow keys you cannot also drive with them) unless you use the default WASD keys.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music is only an on/off toggle.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish

Issues unresolved[edit]

Menu is not being shown after changing resolution[edit]

  • After changing a resolution on some configurations menu is no longer displayed (aside from animated background).

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes when accessing settings on Windows 7 or updated Windows 10[edit]

In Windows 7 and earlier (as well as on a fully updated version of Windows 10), attempting to access display settings (i.e. to change the resolution) causes the game to crash on video cards with more than approximately 1 GB of VRAM.[1]
Use d3d9 wrapper fix[2]
  1. Download this file and extract it.
  2. Copy d3d9.dll and d3d9.ini to <path-to-game>.
  3. Edit settings in d3d9.ini if needed.
Force highest graphical settings
  1. Download these configuration files.
  2. Replace prefs.aitd with the one downloaded.
Use GeDoSaTo
  1. Download and launch GeDoSaTo.
  2. Click "User Whitelist" and type in alone on a fresh line then save.
  3. Click "Edit Settings" button, find renderResolution line and add your screen resolution, for example it can look like this: renderResolution 3840x2160@60
  4. Find presentInterval line and change it to 1.
  5. Find overrideWidth and overrideHeight lines and change them to overrideWidth 1280 and overrideHeight 720
  6. Find forceBorderlessFullscreen line and change it from false to true.
  7. Run the game with GeDoSaTo Tool launched. If game doesn't recognize keyboard and mouse input, switch to other process with Alt+Tab and then switch back to the game.

Game won't start on Windows 10[edit]

Most modern desktop recording solutions (like Nvidia GeForce Experience) aren't compatible with the game.
Close recording programs like Nvidia GeForce Experience
Set Windows Vista, Windows 98 compatibility mode and disable fullscreen optimizations[citation needed]

Controller is not recognized[edit]

Delete or rename xinput1_1.dll in the installation folder

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 2.6 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 3800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600
ATI Radeon X1650 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/259170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (259170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References