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Arkane Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows October 9, 2012
Dishonored at Wikipedia
Dishonored 2012
Dishonored 2 2016
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 2017

Key points

DLC is not directly accessible from the main menu.
Editing .ini files prevents Dunwall City Trials scores to be posted to the leaderboards[1]
Generally regarded as a high-quality PC port.[2][3]

General information

Official site
Official forums
Official Hardware and Software Issues Subforums (PC)
Dishonored Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Definitive Edition (formerly Game of the Year Edition) includes the base game and all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Dunwall City Trials
The Brigmore Witches
The Knife of Dunwall
Void Walker Arsenal

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument[4]

Display/Hide HUD[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredInput.ini.
  3. Add this line m_PCBindings=(Name="F6",Command="ShowHUD true")
  4. Press F6 to hide or display HUD.
Removing the HUD also eliminates the letterbox in cutscenes.[5]

Increase texture detail at larger distances (disable mipmapping)[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. To disable mipmapping for world-textures (which should be most noticable), find the line TEXTUREGROUP_World=(MinLODSize=256,MaxLODSize=2048,LODBias=0) and replace it with TEXTUREGROUP_World=(MinLODSize=256,MaxLODSize=2048,LODBias=0,NumStreamedMips=0)
  4. Similarly, to disable mipmapping for any other texture group, simply append NumStreamedMips=0 inside the parentheses, making sure to add the needed comma(s).

Stop bodies from disappearing[edit]

Increase Default Number of Bodies In Areas[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\Config\DefaultAI.ini
  2. Modify the values of m_CorpseAbsoluteMaximumCount=10 and m_CorpseIdealMaximumCount=5 as necessary.

Mute Note/Book Reading Ambient Sound Effect[edit]

Mute Note/Book Reading SE[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\CookedPCConsole\
  2. To mute the sound effect simply rename the file Bank_UI_Ingame_Note.pck to something else, such as Bank_UI_Ingame_Note.backup

Mute all Powers Sound Effects[edit]

Mute Powers SFX[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\CookedPCConsole\
  2. To mute the sound effect simply rename the file Bank_Power_Player.pck to something else, such as Bank_Power_Player.backup

Change sprint/run from hold to toggle[edit]

Change default sprint/run behavior from a hold to a toggle, activated while moving, no need to hold down button[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredInput.ini.
  3. Find a line that resembles m_PCBindings=(Name="LeftShift",Command="GBA_Sprint")
  4. Alter the line so that it reads m_PCBindings=(Name="LeftShift",Command="GBA_Sprint | DisToggleSprint TRUE")
  5. Save the file, it is recommended to make it read-only to prevent the game from resetting it.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\DishonoredGame\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205100/pfx/[Note 1]
Editing any of the .ini files prevents Dunwall City Trials scores to be posted to the leaderboards.[1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/205100/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205100/pfx/[Note 1]
The normal version uses 205100; the RHCP (Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish) version uses 217980
Maximum of 40 manual save slots + 9 automatic mission saves + 2 autosave slots + 1 quicksave slot.
DLCs have a separate save slot limit.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games and settings.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game resolution settings.
In-game resolution settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen for the best experience.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider maximum is 110°; for higher settings see Field of view (FOV).
Toggled with F11, menu option, or the -windowed parameter.[7]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with GeDoSaTo.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is 4x. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or MLAA. Up to 8x SGSSAA can be forced with Nvidia Inspector.[8][9]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Uses frame rate smoothing with maximum value of 130. For higher frame rates see High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV Hack[10]
  1. Download Dishonored FOV Hack.
  2. Put version.dll and fov.ini in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  3. Edit fov.ini to your preference.
Add FOV hotkey[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredInput.ini.
  3. Go down to the line m_PCBindings=(Name="Zero",Command="GBA_Shortcut_9")
  4. Add a new line below it: m_PCBindings=(Name="F4",Command="FOV 120")
  5. Change 120 to the FOV you want and save your changes.
  6. Press F4 during gameplay to use the new FOV.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Changing Anisotropic Filtering level[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy=4 to MaxAnisotropy=16
  4. Save your changes.

High frame rate[edit]

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  4. Save file.
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.

Ambient Occlusion[edit]

This method only works on Nvidia graphics cards.
  1. Open the Dishonored Nvidia profile with NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility value to 0x0000002F.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to Quality.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  5. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing option is on by default. Slider in menu for smoothing/acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse has deadzone when zoomed in.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Supports both auto-aim and aim assist.
Controller remapping
Only pre-set layouts are available.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
May not work properly, can happen along with settings not saving when using a controller. This can be fixed using these instructions.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Occasionally changes button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 but center channel is flaky[13]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Available here.

Independent UI and dubbing/captioning[edit]

  1. Make sure the actual game language is that you want the interface to be in (for ease XXX)
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\Localization\
  3. Copy language-code folder to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\DishonoredGame\Localization\
  4. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\Localization\
  5. Copy language-code folder to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\Engine\Localization\
  6. Set the game in the language you want the voices and the captions to be in (for ease YYY)
  7. Change both the previous folders names from original XXX to your new language code YYY
  8. Do the same with the extensions of every file inside each of them.


Allowed language codes are: CZE, DEU, ESN, FRA, HUN, INT, ITA, POL and RUS.
To batch rename every file inside a folder open cmd into that folder and type ren *.XXX *.YYY

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved[edit]

Knife of Dunwall: Crashing during the third act[edit]

The DLC appears to crash a lot for people in the third act, no solution.

Possible solution:

Crash during third act[citation needed]
  1. Go to the end of the act and talk to Billie Lurk.
  2. When Billie Lurk ask you to exit the say "NO".
  3. Save the game.
  4. Go and talk to Billie Lurk again.
  5. Say "Yes" and exit the level.

Knife of Dunwall: Low resolution textures on butchers[edit]

The game is using the low detail textures on butchers instead of the high detail textures.

Knife of Dunwall: Missing 2D image files[edit]

Generic placeholder images are replacing some 2D icons and images in-game.[15]

Game crash at startup[edit]

Some users report that turning Steam Cloud off and on again solves the problem.
Game crash at startup[citation needed]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Delete remotecache.vdf.
  3. Disable Steam Cloud (close settings window).
  4. Enable Steam Cloud (close settings window).
  5. Let Steam sync your saved games.
  6. Launch Dishonored.

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen turns white or very bright randomly during gameplay[edit]

Bright screen bug
Bright screen bug
Fix white/bright screen[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on Dishonored in the Steam client and click Properties.
  2. Uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

"First time setup" runs every time game is started[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Run the following from the command line: reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Valve\Steam\Apps\205100 /v PhysXRedist /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Or simply run Steam as administrator and start the game. Accept all installation requests. After closing and restarting the game without running as an administrator, the dialogs will be gone.

Texture Pop-in When Switching Weapons[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Change the values of both MipFadeInSpeed0 and MipFadeInSpeed1 to 0
Please note that unless the high quality texture can be loaded right away by your computer, this can make the texture pop-in even more noticeable, since it only disable the fade that is meant to hide the transition from low to high quality texture.

Controller hotplugging does not work[edit]

Run the game as an administrator, as detailed here.

Game options cannot be saved or loaded when using a controller[edit]

The game forces you to pick either keyboard/mouse or controller when you first open the main menu. Everything works fine with keyboard and mouse; however, with a controller, while the settings can be changed, they will never be saved and the game will reload the default settings every time a save file is loaded.

Run the game executable as an administrator once[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  2. Right click Dishonored.exe and hit "Run as Administrator".
  3. Steam should install some DirectX files, then the game will launch.
  4. Use a controller to enter the main menu and set your options. When you've changed your options and backed out, it should save them.
  5. From now on you should be able to save and load your options with a controller, even without running the game as adminstrator.

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7 32-bit Vista, 7 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 3.0 GHz Quad Core 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 5850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
AMD Radeon HD 5850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
768 MB of VRAM
Although official system requirements show Windows Vista as a minimum, the game does run on Windows XP.[16]


  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>/205100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (205100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.