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Dead Island

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Dead Island
Dead Island cover
Developers
Techland
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Publishers
Deep Silver
Engines
Chrome Engine 5
Release dates
Windows September 6, 2011
macOS (OS X) April 2, 2014
Linux October 24, 2014
Dead Island guide at StrategyWiki
Dead Island at Wikipedia
Dead Island
Dead Island 2011
Dead Island: Riptide 2013
Escape Dead Island 2014
Dead Island: Epidemic 2016
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: Definitive Edition.

Key points

The Dead Island Helper utility can be used to fix many bugs and tweak advanced graphics settings.

General information

Dead Island Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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OS X only. Cannot play with Steam players.[1]
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Game of the Year Edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.
Following the release of Dead Island: Definitive Edition, the game has been pulled from most digital distribution platforms.

Version differences[edit]

Steam and Mac App Store players cannot play together.[1]
The Game of the Year edition contains all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Dead Island Upgrade Pack Contains all DLC. Available on Amazon.com.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Bloodbath Arena
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ryder White
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Blueprint "The Ripper" Weapon
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Dead Island Helper[edit]

Utility to apply fixes and tweaks to the game.
Not compatible with Dead Island: Definitive Edition.[2]

Dead Island Save Editor[edit]

Allows you to reset your skill points
PS3/Xbox 360 save files can be converted to PC
Not compatible with Dead Island: Definitive Edition.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -nologos command line argument[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings\
macOS (OS X)
Linux <path-to-game>/DI/out/Settings/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/91310/pfx/[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\91310\remote\out\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/91310/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games and settings.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer or see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed mode with desktop's resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can use Inspector and the flag 0x000010C1 (With AA fix enabled) to use SGSSAA.[3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Disabling in-game Vsync caps the frame rate at 60 FPS. See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Changing your Field of View may cause issues when hip firing guns.
Edit default_levels.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Data\Skills\
  2. Open default_levels.xml
  3. Find CameraDefaultFOV and change it accordingly.

Notes

90-100 works well for 16:9, 85-95 works well for 16:10, 65-75 works well for 4:3 or 5:4 resolutions (lower values may induce motion sickness).

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
completely broken
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput and DirectInput, designed for XInput controllers.
OS X controller support requires the Tattiebogle OS X driver.[1]
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Renders most DirectInput controllers unuseable, use XInput wrapper to bypass.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Not available in some menus.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Native Razer Hydra support.[4]
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Speech
Surround sound
Possibly up to 7.1.[5] See below if problems
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.
If you have installed mods or edited the .xml for characters, all clients need the same mods in order to play.
It should also be noted that challenges are global, so if you are close to killing for instance 1 million zombies with one characters, and you play co-op with another and hit one million total kills, this character will gain all the XP from completing the challenge
Steam and Mac App Store players cannot play together.[1]

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Dead Island for better support.

Issues fixed[edit]

You can find various fixes in the FAQ on the Steam Community Discussions page for Dead Island.
If you don't want to manually apply some of these tweaks check out tools section at end of the page.

Long loading times[edit]

Some users are experiencing ridiculously long load times when doing things like loading the menu, game, etc. It can literally take over 5–10 minutes for some people. Oddly enough, this may relate to error logging that is done by the game.
Mark crash.log as a Read Only[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\deadisland\out\logs\
  2. Right click crash.log
  3. Click on Properties
  4. Mark the file as Read Only

Co-op error message: "The game you have tried to join is no longer available"[edit]

Hamachi[6]
  1. Download and install Hamachi which allows you to simulate a LAN over the internet.
  2. Power Hamachi on, start a new network, and invite your friends to it.
  3. Start a Dead Island game after setting the game to co-operative and LAN in the options menu.
  4. Your server will now show up for anyone on your Hamachi network.

Poor performance[edit]

Change your CPU affinity[7]
  1. Open Task Manager, and right-click the game's process. Click "Go to details".
  2. Right-click at the Dead Island process under details and click Set Affinity.
  3. Untick all CPUs except CPU 0.

Notes

You have to repeat this whenever you start the game.

Loud distorted audio[edit]

Dead Island has a compatibility problem with 7.1 output devices, this includes Logitech USB headsets (G35, G930) and 7.1 sound devices that use 3.5 mm analog connections. This issue is typically immediately recognizable when reaching the title screen and hearing a loud, frightening, distorted noise; this issue also carries over into the gameplay. This issue was present in Dead Island: Riptide, but was corrected by Techland. Techland has yet to correct the issue with the first Dead Island game. The definitive solution is to set your device to anything below 7.1 but other options exist that may help.
Change Windows Speaker Configuration[citation needed]
  1. Open the Start Screen/Start Menu, type mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  2. In the Playback tab, right-click on the Default Device (marked with a tick True icon.svg) and choose "Configure Speakers" from the menu.
  3. Select 5.1 surround or lower.
  4. Click through the remaining steps and click the Finish button in the last screen.
This option may not be available for some USB headsets.
Remember to reconfigure your 7.1 device to 7.1 output after you are done playing Dead Island.
Edit Audio.scr[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Look for the Audio.scr file and open it with a text editor.
  3. Look for the line: API("XAudio2") and change it to API("aOpenAL")

Notes

This will fix the game's sound partly, because static might still occur however most of the problem is over. If this fix does not work, there is an alternative solution to static and crackling problems below.
Empty Audio.scr[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. It is recommended that you backup the Audio.scr file before doing this, though if you don't you can always just delete the file and the game will create a new one.
  3. Look for the Audio.scr file and open it with a text editor.
  4. Select all of the file's contents and delete them, making the file empty, and then save the file.
  5. Right-click the file, select Properties, check the Read-only box, click Apply, and then click OK.

Game crashes with message: "Problem Event: BEX"[edit]

Users whose player names have non-English characters experience game crashes with this error message:

Problem event name: BEX App Name: DeadIslandGame.exe App version: 1.0.0.0 App timestamp: 4f100716 Fault module name: MSVCR90.dll Fault module version: 9.0.30729.6161 Fault module timestamp: 4dace5b9 Exception offset: 00036d36 Exception code: c0000417 Exception data 00000000 OS version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3 Locale ID: 1033 Additional info 1: 364e Additional info 2:364ecf2f9e26d8075e002643326a0340 Additional info 3: 1f40 Additional info 4: 1f4001d1190a4d768106236129b38e30c.

Change your player name, such as your Steam name, to exclude non-English characters[citation needed]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode only offers the option to use a refresh rate of 100 Hz or less, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Video.scr with a text editor.
  3. Set MaxRefresh to the screen refresh rate (e.g. MaxRefresh(120)).

Black screen on startup or freezes on intro logo (Windows 8)[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode[9]
  1. Open DeadIslandGame.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Enable Windows 7 compatibility mode.
Run the game in windowed mode[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Video.scr with a text editor.
  3. Change Fullscreen() to Fullscreen(0) (or add it if it doesn't exist).

Game stutters and is capped at 60 FPS with Vsync off[edit]

Enable in-game Vsync[8]

Frame rate does not get capped with Vsync on[edit]

See Frame rate capping to cap the frame rate manually[8]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Aim Assist[edit]

The PC port of Dead Island have aim assist. There is no way to disable this.[10]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce 9600
ATI Radeon HD 3850
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
512 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 430
ATI Radeon HD 5570
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
2 GB of VRAM

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>/91310/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (91310) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References