Alone in the Dark (2008)

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For the original game, see Alone in the Dark.

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark cover
Eden Games
Former Atari
Current THQ Nordic
Twilight 2
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2008
Metacritic 55
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

Key points

Port of the original Xbox 360 version. All additions from Alone in the Dark: Inferno for PlayStation 3 are missing.
Using a controller is strongly recommended over keyboard and mouse controls.
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

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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
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Requires online activation
All versions require SecuROM PA DRM.
Steam version can be launched without the Steam client.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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 you can access the settings, you can select 4K resolution. However, you have to increase incrementally and restart the game 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 (Xbox 360 and Xbox One 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
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Xbox 360 button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
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 you walk with the arrow keys you cannot also drive with them) 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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Menu is not being shown after changing resolution[edit]

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[edit]

In Windows 7 and earlier (as well as on a fully updated version of Windows 10[citation needed]), attempting to access display settings (i.e. to change the resolution) causes the game to crash on video cards with more than approximately 1 GB of VRAM.[1]
Use d3d9 wrapper fix[2]
  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 doesn't recognize keyboard and mouse input, switch to another process with Alt+Tab and switch back to the game.

Game won't start on Windows 10[edit]

Most modern desktop recording solutions (like Nvidia GeForce Experience) aren't compatible with the game.
Close any recording programs
Set Windows Vista, Windows 98 compatibility mode and disable fullscreen optimizations[citation needed]

Controller is not recognized[edit]

Delete or rename xinput1_1.dll in the installation folder

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Too many problems on newer systems

Other information[edit]

Unknownproject's patch[edit]

Improves 64-bit support and enables user to configure video settings via an external configuration file.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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.