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Realmforge Studios
Kalypso Media
Vision Engine 8
Release dates
Windows July 5, 2013
Metacritic 42
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth
Themes Contemporary, North America
Dark on IGDB
Dark on MobyGames
Dark on Wikipedia

General information

Official forum - International (non-German) board.
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require Steam DRM.
Game starts up with the Kalypso Launcher, this can be skipped by clicking on skip and then play to continue. Is not required.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Cult of the Dead

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Kalypso Media\Dark
  2. Open or create file config.cfg
  3. Add line Video.ShowIntro=false

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Kalypso Media\Dark\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225360/pfx/[Note 1]
All cloud synced options are located in <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\225360\remote\config.cfg. Don't modify this file directly. It may be used as a reference for the available options.
Graphical machine dependent settings are stored in machine-config.cfg. These settings are not synced with the cloud.
To manually overwrite options create the file config.cfg in the configuration file(s) location and insert the options there. This file is not updated by the in game options menu and options set here are enforced on each game startup.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\225360\remote\savegames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225360/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics Settings
Graphics Settings
Custom Graphics Settings
Custom Graphics Settings
Other Graphics Settings
Other Graphics Settings

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Borderless fullscreen windowed[citation needed]
Borderless fullscreen windowed can be turned on using config file
Valid Values: true,false,desktop
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Kalypso Media\Dark
  2. Change to desktop for Borderless fullscreen windowed.
  3. Start the game normally


Input settings
Input settings


Sound Settings
Sound Settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Dialog and Effects.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
DK1 support, no DK2 or CV1 support.[1] LibOVRWrapper might work for newer SDK versions.
Windows Mixed Reality
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input for details.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Failure to intialize engine[edit]

Game fails to load and gives the message "Failure to intialize engine", Seems to be an issue with multi-monitor setups. Changing resolution might fix the problem. They currently working on a fix.[2]

Issues fixed[edit]

Problems with Windows 8[edit]

Problems with Windows 8[citation needed]

If you experience problems running the game on Windows 8.

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on DarkApp.exe
  3. Run the game in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

The game is freezing regularly[edit]

The game is freezing regularly[citation needed]

Activate the Vsync option from the game's Options menu. This will lock the game's frame rate to a maximum of 60 frames per second and prevent your video card from overheating.

Controller buttons exchanged[edit]

Controller buttons exchanged[citation needed]

The controller is not working correctly e.g. the buttons are exchanged (A=B, B=X) try disconnecting any additional non-xbox game controllers like the Razer Hydra or racing wheels before starting the game.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 4670
Intel HD Graphics 4000
512 MB of VRAM


  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>/225360/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (225360) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.