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|introduction      = '''''House of Ashes''''' is a {{Glossary:survival horror}} game developed by [[Company:Supermassive Games|Supermassive Games]] and published by [[Company:Bandai Namco Entertainment|Bandai Namco Entertainment]].<br>It is a sequel to ''[[Little Hope]]'' released in 2020 as part of the [[Series:The Dark Pictures Anthology|The Dark Pictures Anthology]].  
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|introduction      = '''''House of Ashes''''' is a {{Glossary:survival horror}} game developed by [[Company:Supermassive Games|Supermassive Games]] and published by [[Company:Bandai Namco Entertainment|Bandai Namco Entertainment]].<br>It is a sequel to ''[[Little Hope]]'' released in 2020 as part of the [[Series:The Dark Pictures Anthology|The Dark Pictures Anthology]]. The game shares most of its settings and technical aspects with the earlier titles, and it is the first in the series to offer a DirectX 12 launch option.
  
|release history  = The game released on October 22, 2021 via [[Store:Steam|Steam]]. It is the first game in the series to have a DX12 launch option.
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Revision as of 13:13, 24 October 2021

The Dark Pictures Anthology:
House of Ashes
The Dark Pictures Anthology:House of Ashes cover
Developers
Supermassive Games
Publishers
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows October 22, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 69
OpenCritic 74
IGDB 78
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror, Quick time events
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror, Supernatural
Series The Dark Pictures Anthology
House of Ashes on HowLongToBeat
House of Ashes on IGDB
House of Ashes on MobyGames
House of Ashes on Wikipedia
The Dark Pictures Anthology
Man of Medan 2019
Little Hope 2020
House of Ashes 2021
The Devil in Me 2022

House of Ashes is a survival horror game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
It is a sequel to Little Hope released in 2020 as part of the The Dark Pictures Anthology. The game shares most of its settings and technical aspects with the earlier titles, and it is the first in the series to offer a DirectX 12 launch option.

The game released on October 22, 2021 via Steam.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Curator's Cut Available through pre-order only and set to become free for all users with a later update.
Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename video file[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\SMG025\Content\Movies\SkullVideo\
  2. Remove or rename DPSkullIntro.bk2

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\HouseOfAshes\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1281590/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\HouseOfAshes\Saved\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1281590/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video

Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Letterboxed to 21:9. See also Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Pillarboxed to 21:9.[2] See Widescreen resolution for a workaround.
Ultra-widescreen
[3]
4K Ultra HD
Letterboxed to 21:9.[4] See also Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with Texture Quality. Low (0x), Medium (2x), High (4x), Ultra (8x).[5]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
4 presets: Off, Medium, High, Ultra.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Includes a toggle to limit to 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Widescreen resolution

Use a Flawless Widescreen plugin to remove letterboxing or pillarboxing[6]
  1. Download and install Flawless Widescreen.
  2. Download the Man of Medan multimonitor script.
  3. Extract the archive contents to a new folder.
  4. Go to \PluginCache\WSGF_Plugins\Modules\TheDarkPicturesAnthologyManofMedan\Dependencies\Scripts.
  5. Open TheDarkPicturesAnthologyManofMedan.lua in any text editor.
  6. Find and change Process_WindowName = "Man of Medan  " to Process_WindowName = "House of Ashes  " and save the file.
  7. Drop the PluginCache and Plugins folders into the Flawless Widescreen install directory.
  8. Run Flawless Widescreen.
  9. Launch Little Hope.
  10. In Flawless Widescreen, select The Dark Pictures Anthology Man of Medan under Installed Plugins -> WSGF Plugins.
  11. Click on Fix Enabled and return to House of Ashes.
Use The Dark Pictures Border Remover

Input

Controls settings
Controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No acceleration option.
Mouse sensitivity
From 0 to 100.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate options for camera, aiming, exploration and inspecting.
Setting also affects controller input.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Some buttons cannot be remapped, and quick time event buttons can only be swapped.[Note 3]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Separate options for camera, aiming, exploration and inspecting.
Setting also affects mouse input.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Includes an option to choose between Xbox and DualShock prompts.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Includes an option to choose between Xbox and DualShock prompts.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio

Audio and Language settings
Audio and Language settings
Accessibility settings
Accessibility settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
5 Co-op, Hot seat
Playable through the "Movie Night" game mode with 2-5 players.
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Peer-to-peer

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Ogg
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3470
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon R9 290X
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.26.2.0
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1281590/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1281590) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. Control sticks, LB (Xbox) and L1 (DualShock) cannot be rebound. QTE buttons can be swapped but not set to anything other than ABXY (Xbox).

References

  1. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Renamed both video files manually to test intro skipping.
  2. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested using a custom resolution of 5760x1080.
  3. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested using a custom resolution of 2560x1080.
  4. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested using a custom resolution of 3840x2160.
  5. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    based off sg.TextureQuality=4 setting in GameUserSettings.ini and the official UE4 documentation.
  6. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested by using the given instructions. Importance of two spaces after the new "House of Ashes" value tested for importance. Tweak had no effect without it.
  7. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested in 7.1 using SpecialK in conjunction with Razer Surround.