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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition

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This page is for the Deathinitive Edition. For the original release, see Darksiders II.

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition cover
Vigil Games
Remaster Gunfire Games
Nordic Games
Nordic Games
Phoenix Engine
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2015
OpenCritic 73
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres RPG
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Darksiders
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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is an updated version of the 2012 role-playing game Darksiders II with enhanced graphics, DLC integrated, and game balance and loot tweaks.

Owners of Darksiders Franchise Pack on Steam[1] or Darksiders and Darksiders II with DLC on[2] before November 5, 2015, received the game for free.

Players owning the original Darksiders II and DLC on Steam used to be able to unlock the Deathinitive Edition at Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition Redeem but this link is no longer valid.

General information

Official forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[3]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running.[4]
Origin (unavailable)

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition intro skip[5]

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Darksiders2\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/388410/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Darksiders2\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/388410/remote/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/388410/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
Approx. 100 MB available.


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
45°. See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Unknown post-process AA. Low, Medium, High options.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)

Field of view (FOV)

Default FOV is 45°.
Change the default narrow FOV[5]
  1. Download Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition FOV Fix.
  2. Load the game process in Cheat Engine while the game is running.
  3. Open the .CT file with Cheat Engine, click Yes and OK.
  4. Click on the "Enable" checkbox near the bottom.
  5. Scroll down and enable "Field of View Changer."
  6. Double-click on 58.7253952 to change the value if needed.


When using some weapons like the Gorehammer, the FOV is hard-capped at 50°.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Not accessible by the Options menu but by selecting Key Bindings from the pause menu.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also available.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also available.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Only in menus.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Steam version.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.

VR support

Issues unresolved

Game freezes during the final boss fight

There is a high chance that the game itself will freeze, but audio will still play when the final boss' health is at 75% after the cutscene. The problem disappears only if you disconnect your PC from the internet.

Cannot move after leaving the menu

This happens when you quickly open the second menu at the same time as the first one. You can exit from the second, but since the first does not show up, your character is essentially stuck. The only way to regain control is to exit the game and run it again.

Stuck in Guardian destruction scene end

After leaving the menu which describes the weapon you have received, there is a small chance that you will be stuck in a cutscene before it finishes. Exit to the main menu and continue the game. Keep in mind that you will still have to fight The Guardian once more.

Issues fixed

Crash after speaking to Archon

Opt in to beta on Steam[7]
  1. Right click on the game in your Steam library and choose Properties from the menu.
  2. Click the Betas tab and select 'publicbeta', then click Close.
  3. Wait for Steam to update game and then relaunch it.

Alternate method:

If you are about to lvl up, try to lvl up before talking to Archon, Because after talking to Archon he will give exp that makes you lvl up so at this point the game can't handle this new lvl and crash

Frequent crashes in combat when dealing high amounts of damage

Disable damage numbers/Combat text[citation needed]
  1. Press Esc.
  2. Go to options.
  3. Disable damage numbers.

Low framerate

Improve low fps by making the game only use 2 CPU cores[8]
  1. Go into the installation folder.
  2. Rename Darksiders2.exe to Darksiders2fix.exe.
  3. Open Notepad and type the code: start /affinity 3 Darksiders2fix.exe (this will set the game to be running on core 1&2)
  4. name the file Darksiders2.bat and save it in the games folder
  5. download the program called bat to exe converter and convert Darksiders2.bat to Darksiders2.exe[9]

Alternate method:

  1. Make a text file in the same folder as the game's Darksiders2.exe, and rename the text file to "Darksiders II Affinity.BAT", with the following text in it: start /affinity AA Darksiders2.exe
  2. The "/affinity AA" makes it run on odd cores (1,3,5 of 0,1,2,3,4,5 on a 6 core) and this gave me better results than core /affinity 3.
  3. Create a shortcut to the Darksiders II Affinity.BAT file and run the game from that. No need to rename darksiders2.exe (breaks Nvidia profiles) or download extra programs.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  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>/388410/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (388410) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.