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Darksiders III

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Darksiders III
Darksiders III cover
Developers
Gunfire Games
Publishers
THQ Nordic
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows November 27, 2018
Reception
Metacritic 70
OpenCritic 69
IGDB 67
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres RPG, Adventure
Themes Fantasy
Series Darksiders
Darksiders III on HowLongToBeat
Darksiders III on IGDB
Darksiders III guide on StrategyWiki
Darksiders III on MobyGames
Darksiders III on Wikipedia
Darksiders
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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition 2015
Darksiders Warmastered Edition 2016
Darksiders III 2018
Darksiders Genesis 2019

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Publisher website
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Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable. Standard Edition only. DLCs are available separately.
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Origin (unavailable)
Origin
Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Digital Extras Includes the Soundtrack and the DLCs The Crucible and Keepers of the Void.
Windows
Fury Exclusive Armor Cosmetic recolor for Fury's armor, included with preorders. Not currently available for purchase.
Windows
The Crucible
Windows
Keepers of the Void.
Windows

Version differences

Deluxe Edition

Includes the Digital Extras which contains the soundtrack and both paid DLCs.

Collector's Edition

Includes the game in a steelbook, the soundtrack on a disc, a physical artbook, the Exclusive Armor DLC and a statue of Fury.

Apocalypse Edition

Includes the content of the Collector's Edition as well as a wallscroll, an amulet and statues of Death, War and Vulgrim.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Darksiders3\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\NordicGames.DarksidersIII_46xc33nm0q0f8\LocalCache\Local\Darksiders3\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/606280/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Darksiders3\Saved\SaveGames\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\NordicGames.DarksidersIII_46xc33nm0q0f8\LocalCache\Local\Darksiders3\Saved\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/606280/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Vert+. See GeForce Forums.
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes are 16:9, see Darksiders III UW Cutscenes Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Darksiders III FOV Changer.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Changes with texture quality setting. For manual adjustment force in GPU control panel or see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA. For FXAA see Anti-aliasing (AA). The setting Low disables it.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Locked to 62 FPS by default. See High frame rate. Most cutscenes stay locked to 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Adjust AF samples[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.MaxAnisotropy=16

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Switch to FXAA[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=1

High frame rate

Custom frame rate cap[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Change FrameRateLimit=0 to the desired frame rate cap (e.g. 144).

Notes

The line already exists in the file and needs to be changed accordingly. Adding it again with a different value will not work.
If you can't see the above mentioned command, then add the following along with the desired frame rate cap and save the file.
[/script/darksiders3.darksiders3usersettings]
FrameRateLimit=

Motion blur

Disable motion blur[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.MotionBlurQuality=0

Sharpening

Increase/Decrease Sharpening[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.Tonemapper.Sharpen=1
This will sharpen the image to offset the blur caused by FXAA and TAA. A value between 0.5-1.0 is recommended, 10 is the maximum. It has no performance impact.

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game controller layout overview.
In-game controller layout overview.

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and voice.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Darksiders III (DX11).
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Blurry graphics

Modify GameUserSettings.ini[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Change the value of sg.ResolutionQuality to 100.

Some characters speak in the wrong language

Restart the game after setting the language in the game's settings[5]

Other information

API

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

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

Launch options

Change graphics API to DirectX 12[6]
  1. Find the game in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Add -dx12 to the launch options
Can significantly improve performance in CPU limited scenarios, but might slightly reduce performance in some GPU limited scenarios and can also cause gfx glitches like all-black 3D models without textures

Fullscreen issue at launch

The game starts in full window borderless regardless of the saved settings saying fullscreen (exclusive). You have to change screen mode and then go back to fullscreen to actually set the game in real fullscreen exclusive.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz
AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon R7 370
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.19.2.0[1]
  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>/606280/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (606280) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References