Dear Esther

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Dear Esther
Dear Esther cover
Developers
The Chinese Room
macOS (OS X) InterWave Studios
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
Publishers
The Chinese Room
Engines
Source
Release dates
Windows February 14, 2012
macOS (OS X) May 15, 2012
Linux June 10, 2013
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This page is for the original release. For the updated version, see Dear Esther: Landmark Edition.

General information

Official Dear Esther Website
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

This game is no longer available.
The original mod release can be downloaded from here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -novid command line argument[citation needed]

Increase movement speed[edit]

Bind key to increase movement speed[1] (retrieved)
  1. Open <path-to-game>\dearesther\cfg\userconfig.cfg
  2. Add the following code to the end of the file:
    bind 1 "de_playerspeed 100"
    bind 2 "de_playerspeed 200"
    bind 3 "de_playerspeed 300"
    bind 4 "de_playerspeed 400"
    bind "W" "+forward"
    bind "MOUSE1" "+forward"
    bind "MOUSE2" "+zoom"
    bind "MWHEELDOWN" "de_playerspeed 100"
    bind "MWHEELUP" "de_playerspeed 200"
    bind "MOUSE3" "de_playerspeed 400"
    
  3. Enable the developer console from the options menu.
  4. Toggle the console with ~, type in exec userconfig, and press Enter.
  5. In game, you can hold the left mouse button to move forward, mousewheel up to increase movement speed, mousewheel down to reset or use the number 1, 2, 3, 4 to adjust movement speed.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\dearesther\cfg\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/dearesther/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\dearesther\SAVE\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/dearesther/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
75-90° horizontal. Use fov_desired # in the console for custom values.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Display Mode setting includes borderless fullscreen windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 300 FPS. Use fps_max # in the console for custom values.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Bulgarian
Available here.
Simplified Chinese
Available here.
Czech
Available here.
French
Available here.
German
Available here.
Hungarian
Available here. (Alternative)
Italian
Available here.
Korean
Available here.
Polish
Available here.
Portuguese
Available here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Available here.
Russian
Available here.
Serbian
Available here.
Spanish
Available here.
Turkish
Available here.
Ukrainian
Available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Purple and black broken textures[edit]

A generic fix for this issue can be found on our Source engine page.

Linux version fails to launch on unsupported localizations[edit]

Instructions[2][3]

Run the game with the following command: LC_ALL=C ./Dear_Esther

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or higher Quad core 2.4 GHz or higher
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600, ATI X1600 or better (Pre-Sandybridge Intel graphics chipsets not supported)
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo (2 GHz or better)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / Nvidia GeForce 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000

References

  1. Useful Tip: Binding Keys/mousewheel for 4-speed variable walk speed!!
  2. Bug 6455 – Localization problem prevents the launch (Native Source Engine port)
  3. Localization problems cause launch failures on many Linux games : linux_gaming