Dead Island

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Dead Island
Dead island Cover.png
Release dates
September 6, 2011
Dead Island at Steam Charts
Dead Island at SteamDB
 Dead Island at Wikipedia
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Key points

Advantage The Dead Island Helper utility can be used to fix many bugs and tweak many advanced Dead Island settings, such as field of view and advanced graphics settings. Only use manual tweaks if it does not work for you.
Disadvantage DLC can no longer be purchased separately on Steam

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail Steamicon.png Game of the Year Edition only.
Steam Steamicon.png Steamicon.png Region locked, cannot be used in Europe.[1]
Information All versions require Steam.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location


[edit] Save game data location


[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native Syncs save games and settings.
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Limited.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV)
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible Can be forced through driver control panel
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible Can be forced through driver control panel
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

[edit] Field of view (FOV)

Fix Edit default_levels.xmlLink

  1. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings
  2. Open default_levels.xml
  3. Find CVAR CameraDefaultFOV and change it accordingly. 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 have a lot of people experiencing simulation sickness).

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Native Possibly up to 7.1 [3]. See below if problems
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

[edit] Issues fixed

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

[edit] Long Load Times

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.

Fix Mark crash.log as a Read OnlyLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\deadisland\out\logs\
  2. Right click crash.log
  3. Click on Properties
  4. Mark the file as Read Only

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

Fix Hamachi[4]Link

  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.

[edit] Sound Tweak

Users using surround sound headsets such as the Logitech G35 will experience a lot of static or crackling to the point of actual damaging to the hearing when using the base game. There is no definite fix for this however there is a way to change it in the files.

Fix Edit Audio.scrLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings
  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")

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.

Fix Empty Audio.scrLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIsland\out\Settings
  2. Look for the Audio.scr file and open it with a text editor.
  3. Select all of the file's contents and delete them, making the file empty, and then save the file.
  4. Right-click the file, select Properties, check the Read-only box, click Apply, and then click OK.

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.

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, 7
Processor (CPU)
Core2Duo 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
7 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI 2600XT
GeForce 8600GT
512 MB of VRAM
GeForce 9600
1 GB of VRAM


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  4. "The game you have tried to join is no longer available" - can't connect to others! - Steam Users' Forums

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