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BioShock 2 Remastered

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BioShock 2 Remastered
BioShock 2 Remastered cover
Original game 2K Marin
Remastered Blind Squirrel Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
2K Games
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
macOS (OS X) October 22, 2020[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, RPG, Shooter
Art styles Realistic, Stylized
Themes Sci-fi, Steampunk
Series BioShock
BioShock 2 Remastered on HowLongToBeat
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BioShock 2 Remastered guide on StrategyWiki
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BioShock 2 Remastered on Wikipedia
BioShock 2007
BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013
BioShock Remastered 2016
BioShock 2 Remastered 2016

BioShock 2 Remastered is a remastered release of the 2010 immersive sim BioShock 2 and its Minerva's Den add-on. However, it does not the original game's multiplayer mode.[2]

The game is available for free to prior owners of BioShock 2 on Steam.[2] Purchasing this version likewise gives a free copy of the original on Steam and

Some players may have issues with crashes to desktop on Windows 10; a possible fix here.[3][4][5]

General information

Official support knowledgebase Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Requires 2K Launcher.
Includes the original BioShock 2.
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Includes the original BioShock 2.
As of 31 August 2022, 2K Launcher is required.
macOS (OS X)


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Minerva's Den Remastered Also unlocks a copy of the original Minerva's Den.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use -nointro command line argument[6]

Skip 2K Launcher

Windows: Use the "<path-to-game>\BioShock2HD.exe" -run %command% command line argument.[7]
Epic Games Store[8][9]
Before editing, make a backup of the AC9070384D88C76936CC1DAA350F386C.item file in case the modifications go wrong. note that it seems like this file can have a completely different name for instance mine was 0C05646B4B3E92D6B354678F2275A7C4.item
  1. Go to %PROGRAMDATA%\Epic\EpicGamesLauncher\Data\Manifests.
  2. Open AC9070384D88C76936CC1DAA350F386C.item with Notepad or another text editor.
  3. Using the Find function (Ctrl+F), search for 2KLauncher/LauncherPatcher.exe. There will be exactly one entry.
  4. Replace the text with Build/FinalEpic/Bioshock2HD.exe.
  5. Restart Epic Games Store.
Linux: Use "bash -c 'exec "${@/2KLauncher\/LauncherPatcher.exe/Build\/Final\/Bioshock2HD.exe}"' -- %command% -nointro" -run %command% command line argument (including intro skip using -nointro).[10]

Fix audio balance issues

The game does not use the original audio mix, causing some audio balance issues; most notably, gun fire is much quieter as well as other sound effects. The sound effects can be restored by downloading a modified .ini file:

Restore correct audio settings[citation needed]
  1. Download SoundMixStates.ini from Fix Quiet Guns and Unbalanced Audio - Restoring the Retail Audio Mix.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\ContentBaked\pc\System and place SoundMixStates.ini inside.

Restore uncompressed FMV audio

Download and install this mod.

BioShock Tweaker

Allows you to change settings that are not normally adjustable from the options menu (i.e. custom resolution). Point the program at the game's configuration file location.
Do not enable ForceGlobalLighting, a setting left over from the original 2010 release that will cause the game to freeze in specific places if enabled.[11]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\*.ini
Epic Games Launcher %APPDATA%\Bioshock Epic HD\Bioshock2\*.ini
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\SaveGames\
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioshock Epic HD\Bioshock2\<user-id>\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Up to 128 save files (and no more than 512 MB) can be synced.


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited to a maximum of 1440p when using DSR.
Navigation arrow is out of view and the weapon model is cropped. See the related WSGF thread for a workaround.
Added in via patch. Navigation arrow is out of view and the weapon model is cropped. See the related WSGF thread for a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°. Default is 100°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate caps. First person animations are locked at 60 fps.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
The original was updated with color blind friendly hacking UI, but the remaster goes back to the original unfriendly UI.[citation needed]

Advanced graphics settings

Settings[citation needed] are located in the configuration file location folder, named Bioshock2SP.ini. Set the file to 'read-only' to avoid overwriting during gameplay.
Option Values Description
Shadows True/False Shadow Maps
UseHighDetailPostProcEffects True/False High Detail Post Processing
HighDetailShaders True/False High Details Shaders
True/False Use Detail Surfaces
Enabling soft particles has no effect
True/False Actor Detail
Set both to false for low, only first option to true for medium, both to true for high
TextureDetail Low/Medium/High/UltraHigh Texture Detail
FluidSurfaceDetail Low/Medium/High/UltraHigh Fluid Surface Detail. Default is High.
DynamicShadowDetail Low/Medium/High/UltraHigh Dynamic Shadows Detail. Default is High.
UseMultithreadedRendering 0/1 Multithreaded rendering. Default is 0.


Controllers need to be unplugged or disabled in game settings for mouse to work.
Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Two keys per action. Tab is hard-coded to console and cannot be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
If controller is disabled in settings, requires keyboard or mouse to enable.
Controller remapping
Four presets available.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Confirmed up to 7.1 output.[12] Audio mode is set to Stereo by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[13]
Fan translation, download.
Ported from BioShock 2. Available here. [1]
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Ported from BioShock 2. Available here.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Game overwrites desktop color profile

Use the -nogamma command line argument.

Frequent crashes

A new fix attempt for frequent crashes on modern PCs has been proposed on Steam limiting the game to run on 4 CPU cores max, which seems to work fine for many users.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7770
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Mobile chipsets and integrated/AGP graphics cards may be incompatible.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.14.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 1.1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris Pro 5200
1.5 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Steam version requires 10.15.4.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Welcome back to Rapture… BioShock 2 Remastered is out now for macOS - Feral News - last accessed on 2020-10-23
  2. 2.0 2.1 Remastered BioShock: The Collection Coming to PC on September 13, 2016 - last accessed on June 30, 2016
  3. bioshock 2 crashing - last accessed on August 25, 2017
  4. Bioshock 2 Remastered - random crashes - last accessed on August 25, 2017
  5. Bioshock 2 Remastered crash anytime - last accessed on August 25, 2017
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2019-11-02
  7. Steam Guide - Bypass 2K Launcher - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Reddit - Bioshock Epic Store 2K Launcher bypass - last accessed on 2023-06-09
  9. Verified by User:Harmiess on 2023-06-09
  10. Reddit - How to bypass the 2K Launcher on Bioshock Remasters on Linux - last accessed on May 2023
  11. This is verifiable by examining the logs that can be found in the %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock2\ShaderErrors folder after at least one such crash occurs.
  12. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  13. PC PATCH NOTES: 12/5/2017 - last accessed on May 2023