World War Z

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World War Z
World War Z cover
Saber Interactive
Focus Home Interactive
Swarm Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows April 16, 2019
World War Z at Wikipedia

Key points

Game crashing at launch appears to be a common issue, acknowledged by the developers.[2]

General information

Official website
Official Discord server
Official forums
Community subreddit


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
All versions require Epic Games Launcher DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Lobo Bundle Pre-order bonus.[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saber\WWZ\client\storage\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saber\WWZ\client\storage\

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are letterboxed.
No official support.[4] Use this mod.
Pillarboxed menu and gameplay, windowboxed cutscenes.[5]
Remove the pillarboxing with this mod.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Labeled Texture Filtering. Low, Medium, High, Ultra.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA, resolution scaling up to 2x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30, 60, 90, 120, or Unlimited.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use a Cheat Engine table at own risk[7]
  1. Run the game.
  2. Download and run Cheat Engine.
  3. Select the game process in Cheat Engine.
  4. Open World War Z FOV fix in Cheat Engine.
  5. Enable the Camera FOV Mod by checking its box or by other means.
  6. Double-click on <script> or start editing it by other means.
  7. Locate _CameraFOVVAR and change the value on the next line.
  8. Disable and enable Camera FOV Mod to apply the change.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse and controller settings.
Mouse and controller settings.
Remapping settings.
Remapping settings.
Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
1-20, with increments of 1.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Only some controllers appear to work.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
5 control schemes available.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders for the look and aiming sensitivity. 1-20 for the X and Y axis.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox One controllers are supported[8], while Xbox 360 ones are not.[9][10][11]
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, UI, SFX, dialogue, voice chat.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Display and language settings.
Display and language settings.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Co-op, Versus
Up to 4 players in the campaign co-op mode, up to 8 in the PvP modes. Multiplayer games are always public.[17][18]
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
The game resorts to P2P when the dedicated servers are unavailable.[19]
Limited to locations in the US, Europe and Korea at launch.[19]
Direct IP

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crashes to desktop at game launch[edit]

Multiple users have reported crashes to desktop. The developers are aware of the issue.[20][21]
Potentially working solutions are available for Nvidia users.
Force the game to use the dedicated GPU[22]
  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking an area on your desktop or by other means.
  2. Click on Manage 3D settings on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the Program Settings tab.
  4. Click on Add, select WWZ, or click on Browse and select <path-to-game>\en_us\client\bin\pc\wwzRetailEgs.exe
  5. Under Select the preferred graphics processor for this program, choose High-performance NVIDIA processor.
  6. Apply the changes.
Remove AMD components[23]
  1. Download the AMD Cleanup Utility for your system.
  2. Run the .exe file and follow the instructions.
Downgrade the Nvidia display drivers to 391.35[24][25]
  1. Download the correct 391.35 drivers for your system.
  2. Run the .exe file and follow the instructions.

Progression loss[edit]

Make a backup copy[26][27]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Copy the files to a new folder for backup.
This needs to be done regularly to make sure the backup is up to date.
In the event of progression loss, replace the files with your backup copy.

Issues fixed[edit]

Visual stuttering[edit]

Switch from Vulkan to DirectX11[28]
  1. Go to Settings -> Video.
  2. Set Graphics API to DirectX11.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Vulkan 1.0
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok [29]
Audio FMOD [29]
Cutscenes Bink Video [29]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3220
AMD A10-5700
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Intel HD Graphics 630
ATI Radeon HD 5870


  1. World War Z - Launch Trailer (video description) - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  2. [1] - last accessed on April 17, 2019
  3. [2] - last accessed on April 15, 2019
  4. World War Z - last accessed on April 17, 2019
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    Game displays "2560x1080" in the menu but the image is boxed.
  6. WORLD WAR Z Game - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 - New York (4K 60FPS ULTRA) - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  7. View topic - World War Z | WSGF
  8. PC controller support - last accessed on April 23, 2019
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    In my testing, despite the presence of controller settings, my Razer Xbox 360 controller didn't work at all.
  10. Controller not working on PC version? - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  11. My xbox 360 controller is not detected in PC version - last accessed on April 23, 2019
  12. /PC/ Third-Party Controller not working with the game - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  13. Controller Issue. PC version. Help - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    Rear speakers are used by the game.
  15. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16
    Only the voices are captioned.
  16. World War Z - FAQ - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  17. No private games and no OCE servers - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  18. Wish there was a private lobby - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  19. 19.0 19.1 There will be both dedicated *and* P2P servers. - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  20. Game Crashes upon launch - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  21. World War Z - PC Hotfix April 20th - last accessed on April 20, 2019
  22. [3] - last accessed on April 17, 2019
  23. FIXED start up crash in amdvlk64.dll on NVIDIA system - last accessed on April 20, 2019
  24. My solution to fix the crash at launch on PC. - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  25. Game does not start and crahsed immediately - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  26. Backup progression - last accessed on April 21, 2019
  27. Known Issues (Updated 19/04/2019) - last accessed on April 21, 2019
  28. Official dev responses regarding some of the current issues (primarily on PC) - last accessed on April 16, 2019
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-04-16