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Dead Island: Definitive Edition

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This page is for the Definitive Edition. For the original release, see Dead Island.

Dead Island: Definitive Edition
Dead Island: Definitive Edition cover
Deep Silver
Chrome Engine 6
Release dates
Windows May 31, 2016
Linux June 3, 2016
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter, Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Zombies
Series Dead Island
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Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition 2016
Dead Island: Retro Revenge 2016
Dead Island 2 2023

Dead Island: Definitive Edition is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS, shooter and survival horror game in the Dead Island series.

It's an updated version of Dead Island running on the latest version of Chrome Engine. Includes all DLCs built-in, updated UI and inventory/combat system from Dead Island: Riptide.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Bundled with Riptide Definitive Edition and Retro Revenge.
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All the DLC released with the previous version is included with the game.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Launch game with -nologos parameter[2]
Delete/rename file[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DI\.
  2. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  3. Inside Data0.pak, navigate to data\menu\movies\.
  4. Delete or rename intromovies.scr.

Fix postprocessing effects, field of view & movement

Use the Essential Fix[citation needed]

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIslandDE\out\settings\
Linux <path-to-game>/DI/out/Settings/
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\383150\remote\out\

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Save files and key bindings.


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Nvidia DSR zooms in to the top left corner. To fix, enable Disable display scaling on high DPI settings on the executable's compatibility settings.
Field of view (FOV)
Default value is 62.5º, see Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The frame rate is locked at 30 FPS on the main menu.
Possible broken animations at high framerates.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
FOV can be increased to 85 before severe recoil problems kick in (as mentioned below).
FOV above 85º will cause the hip fire recoil problems, along with causing the first aimed shot to always miss.
Field of View value is tied to how the game calculates hip fire recoil. Setting FOV too high will cause drastically increased recoil, as indicated by an expanded crosshair.[4]
Edit default_levels.xml[5]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\DI\Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  2. Inside Data0.pak, navigate to data\skills and open default_levels.xml.
  3. Find CameraDefaultFOV and replace 62.5 with the desired FOV.
  4. Save. If 7-Zip asks if the user wants to update the file in the archive, click Yes.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Use Borderless Gaming[6]
  1. Install Borderless Gaming and run it alongside the game.
  2. In the app, right-click Dead Island and select Add to Favorites by the process binary name.
  3. Under Favorites, right-click DeadIslandGame and disable Auto-Maximize.
  4. Turn off Fullscreen in the game options.

Remove Chromatic Aberration

Has to be modded out because the setting in the Options menu doesn't fully disable Chromatic Aberration.
This new method does not cause any artifacts like the previous method.
Modify Data0.pak
  1. Backup Data0.pak in <path-to-game>\DI\.
  2. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  3. Navigate to data\scripts inside the archive and use 7-Zip's edit function (F4) on varlist_main.scr.
  4. This will open Notepad. Find the line VarFloat("f_pp_chromatic_aberration_scale", 1.0) and change the 1.0 to 0.0.
  5. Save the file and close Notepad.
  6. 7-Zip will prompt to update the archive, click OK.

Remove crosshair

Edit hud.xui[7]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\DI\Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  2. Inside Data0.pak navigate to data\menu\hud\ and extract hud.xui.
  3. Right-click hud.xui, open Properties, uncheck Read-only, click OK.
  4. Open hud.xui with a text editor.
  5. Find the line <Id>HudCrosshair</Id>.
  6. Below that, add this on a new line: <Opacity>0.000000</Opacity>.
  7. Save the file, and drag and drop it back into hud.


In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by «100 Nome», available to download here.


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types

Issues unresolved

Aim Assist

The PC port of DIDE has aim assist. There is no way to disable this.[8]

Issues fixed

Game won't launch on open source AMD drivers on Linux

Use a specific library for Mesa and override the OpenGL Mesa verison at launch[citation needed]
  1. Download and unpack the library file into <path-to-game>.
  2. In Set Launch Options... on Steam add this code at the beginning:
  4. Launch the game.

Broken animations at high framerates

High frame rates could potentially cause broken animations.[9][dubious – discuss]
Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD 4.44.38
Input SDL
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.995b
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6870
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Controller Windows compatible keyboard and mouse, optional controller
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Laptop versions of graphics cards may work, but are not officially supported.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04.03, Mint 17.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4170
AMD Athlon X4 860K
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
1 GB of VRAM
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Laptop versions of graphics cards may work, but are not officially supported.