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Alone in the Dark (2008)

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For the original game, see Alone in the Dark. For the 2024 remake of the original, see Alone in the Dark (2024).

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark cover
Eden Games
2008-2018 Atari
2018-present THQ Nordic
Russia Akella
Twilight 2
Release dates
Windows June 20, 2008
Metacritic 55
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror, Shooter
Themes Horror
Series Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark (2008) on HowLongToBeat
Alone in the Dark (2008) on IGDB
Alone in the Dark (2008) guide on StrategyWiki
Alone in the Dark (2008) on MobyGames
Alone in the Dark (2008) on Wikipedia
Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 1992
Jack in the Dark 1993
Alone in the Dark 2 1993
Alone in the Dark 3 1994
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare 2001
Alone in the Dark (2008) 2008
Alone in the Dark: Illumination 2015
Alone in the Dark (2024) 2024

Alone in the Dark (2008) is a singleplayer first-person and third-person survival horror and shooter game in the Alone in the Dark series.

The PC version is a port of the original Xbox 360 release. All additions from Alone in the Dark: Inferno for PlayStation 3 are missing.

Due to compatibility issues with modern graphics cards and operating systems, the game crashes when accessing the Display options menu, causing the game to run at the lowest graphical settings and resolution. See Issues fixed.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 and SecuROM PA DRM
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Requires online activation
SecuROM PA DRM.[1] Can be launched without the Steam client.[citation needed]
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259170/pfx/[Note 1]
The game uses three separate files for saved data: prefs.aitd saves all control, audio and graphical settings, res.aitd saves resolution settings, and save.aitd for game progress.

Save game data location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259170/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The game has many issues with setting the resolution on most modern systems. See Game crashes when accessing settings on Windows 7 or updated Windows 10.
Use Unknownproject's patch.
4K Ultra HD
When accessing the settings, 4K resolution can be selected. However, the setting needs to be reached incrementally, with game restarts between each change.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Unknownproject's patch.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS. Use Unknownproject's patch to unlock.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Go to Control Options and press any controller buttons when rebinding a key, until the game asks to confirm the use of a controller. When confirmed, all controls will be automatically rebound for a controller (Xinput controllers work this way). Once this is done, menus are also controller-friendly.
Full controller support
Controller support needs to be activated in Control Options.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 controller prompts.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Xbox 360 button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Only in menus.


Certain keys are unbindable when using the keyboard. The mouse buttons cannot be rebound, Delete cannot be bound to anything, and the default keys for vehicle/misc controls cannot be bound to on-foot controls unless they are unbound from vehicle/misc controls first. One consequence of this is that vehicle and on-foot controls must use separate buttons (i.e. if walking with the arrow keys, they cannot be used for driving) unless the default WASD keys are used.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music is only an on/off toggle.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; cownload for digital releases.
Retail only, by Akella; download for digital releases
Retail only.

Issues fixed

Menu is not being shown after changing resolution

After changing a resolution on some configurations, menu is no longer displayed (aside from animated background).
Change resolution manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the save game folder.
  2. Open res.aitd with a text editor.
  3. Put this and save:
ResolutionWidth = 1920
ResolutionHeight = 1080
NewResolution = 0
PrevResolutionWidth = 1920
PrevResolutionHeight = 1080
This is an example for 1080p. Replace the values accordingly.

Game crashes when accessing settings on Windows 7 or updated Windows 10

On Windows 7 or later the game crashes when trying to access options due to access violation when trying to read available resolutions.
Use Unknownproject's patch[3]
Use d3d9 wrapper fix[4]
  1. Download this file and extract it.
  2. Copy d3d9.dll and d3d9.ini to <path-to-game>.
  3. Edit settings in d3d9.ini if needed.
Use GeDoSaTo
  1. Download and launch GeDoSaTo.
  2. Click on User Whitelist and add alone on a new line, then save.
  3. Click on Edit Settings, find renderResolution and set it to the desired screen resolution (ie. renderResolution 3840x2160@60).
  4. Find presentInterval and set it to 1.
  5. Find overrideWidth and overrideHeight and set them respectively to the desired screen resolution (ie. overrideWidth 1280 and overrideHeight 720).
  6. Find forceBorderlessFullscreen and set it to true.
  7. Run the game with GeDoSaTo Tool launched. If the game does not recognize keyboard and mouse input, switch to another process with Alt+Tab and switch back to the game.

Game does not start on Windows 10

Most modern desktop recording solutions (like Nvidia GeForce Experience) are not compatible with the game.
Close any recording programs
Set the game to run in compatibility mode for Windows Vista, with disabled fullscreen optimizations[citation needed]

Controller is not recognized

Delete or rename xinput1_1.dll in the installation folder

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Too many problems on newer systems

Other information

Unknownproject's patch

Improves 64-bit support and enables the user to configure video settings via an external configuration file.
If the game is crashing to the desktop on the loading screen, set Alone_.exe (the modded executable, not the original Alone.exe) to compatibility mode for Windows XP or Vista.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 2.6 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 3800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600
ATI Radeon X1650 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  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>/259170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (259170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Alone in the Dark - Frequently asked questions (SecuROM Support). - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Alone in the Dark® - last accessed on 2022-11-16
  3. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-03-21
  4. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-03-21