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Dear Esther

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Dear Esther
Dear Esther cover
The Chinese Room
macOS (OS X) InterWave Studios
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
The Chinese Room
Release dates
Windows February 14, 2012
macOS (OS X) May 15, 2012
Linux June 10, 2013
Dear Esther at Wikipedia
Dear Esther
Dear Esther 2012
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition 2017

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


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/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203810/pfx/[Note 1]
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/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
75-90° horizontal. Use fov_desired # in the console for custom values.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Display Mode setting includes borderless fullscreen windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered, Triple buffered
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 300 FPS. Use fps_max # in the console for custom values.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.
In-game input mapping settings.
In-game input mapping settings.
In-game controller settings.
In-game controller settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Available here.
Simplified Chinese
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
Available here. (Alternative)
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
Available here.
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]


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

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OS X only.
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

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


  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>/203810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (203810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.