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
Dead Island: Definitive Edition on MobyGames
Dead Island: Definitive Edition on Wikipedia
Dead Island
Dead Island 2011
Dead Island: Riptide 2013
Escape Dead Island 2014
Dead Island: Epidemic 2016
Dead Island: Definitive Edition 2016
Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition 2016
Dead Island: Retro Revenge 2016
Dead Island 2 TBA

Key points

Updated version of Dead Island running on the latest version of Chrome Engine. Includes all DLC built-in.
Uses updated U.I. and inventory/combat system from Dead Island: Riptide.[1]

General information

Official website
Dead Island Wiki
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[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DeadIslandDE\out\settings\
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Save files and key bindings.

Video settings[edit]

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 62.5. 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)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The frame rate is locked to 30 on the main menu.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Field of View value is tied to how game calculates hip fire recoil. Setting high value will cause drastically increased recoil, also indicated by expanded crosshair.[4]
Edit default_levels.xml[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DI\
  2. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  3. Inside Data0.pak navigate to data\skills and open default_levels.xml.
  4. Find CameraDefaultFOV and replace 62.5 with your desired FOV.
  5. Save. If 7-Zip asks if you want to update the file in the archive click Yes.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

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[edit]

Has to be modded out because the setting in the Options menu doesn't fully disable Chromatic Aberration.
The mod only works when antialiasing is turned on.
Fix may result in permanent flickering yellow pixel texture fixed in certain direction.[7] Also introduces screen shaking and shadow flickering in various places, for reducing those side effects it is best to keep motion blur on and antialiasing off.
Use pre-modded Data0.pak[8]
  1. Backup Data0.pak in <path-to-game>\DI\.
  2. Download the fixed Data0.pak.
  3. Move the newly renamed Data0.pak to <path-to-game>\DI\.
Modify Data0.pak manually[citation needed]
  1. Backup Data0.pak in <path-to-game>\DI\.
  2. Download the Chromatic Aberration Removal v3 mod.
  3. Extract the data folder from the download; ignore the data3.pak.
  4. In the extracted data folder, go to scripts and delete frame_script_game.scr.
  5. Go to <path-to-game>\DI\
  6. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  7. Copy/add the modded data folder to Data0.pak.

Remove crosshair[edit]

Edit hud.xui[9]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DI\
  2. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  3. Inside Data0.pak navigate to data\menu\hud and extract hud.xui.
  4. Right-click hud.xui, open Properties, uncheck Read-only, click OK.
  5. Open hud.xui with a text editor.
  6. Find the line <Id>HudCrosshair</Id>
  7. Below that, add this on a new line: <Opacity>0.000000</Opacity>
  8. Save the file, and drag and drop it back into the hud folder.

Input settings[edit]

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 settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


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

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Use Nucleus Coop & Unofficial mod.
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

Aim Assist[edit]

The PC port of DIDE has aim assist. There is no way to disable this.[10]

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't launch on open source AMD drivers on Linux[edit]

Use a specific library for Mesa and override the OpenGL Mesa verison at launch
  1. Download and unpack the library file into the installation folder
  2. In Set Launch Options... on Steam add this code at the beginning

Launch the game.

Other information[edit]


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[edit]

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) 20 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 keyboards, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
Other Broadband internet connection
64-bit OS 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) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
AMD equivalent
1 GB of VRAM
Other Broadband internet connection
64-bit OS is required.
Laptop versions of graphics cards may work but are not officially supported.