Dead Island: Riptide

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Dead Island: Riptide
Dead Island: Riptide cover
Deep Silver
Chrome Engine 5
Release dates
Windows April 22, 2013
Metacritic 61
Series Dead Island
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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

Dead Island: Riptide Helper utility is highly recommended for editing hidden settings.
Reports of poor frame rates[1] and problems connecting to multiplayer/cooperative games.

General information

Port Report: Dead Island: Riptide
Steam fixes thread
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Complete Edition only.
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All versions require Steam DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Fashion Victim
Survivor Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Dead Island: Riptide Helper[edit]

Allows you to tweak a variety of normally inaccessible game settings to disable certain visual effects, modify key binds and much more.
Not compatible with Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition.[2]

Dead Island Save Editor[edit]

Allows you to reset your skill points.
PS3/Xbox 360 save files can be converted to PC.
It is fully compatible with Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -nologos command line argument[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide\out\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/216250/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\91310\remote\out\save
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/216250/pfx/[Note 1]
Dead Island: Riptide saves in the same folder where Dead Island saves, but uses different extensions for its files (*.prr, *.sar).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Affects gun physics.[3] Refer to Dead Island: Riptide Helper.
Edit default_levels.xml[4]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide\
  2. Make a new folder called data and a folder inside that one called skills
  3. Go to DI in the installation folder.
  4. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip or similar.
  5. Go into the skills folder.
  6. Copy default_levels.xml to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide\data\skills\
  7. Edit default_levels.xml
  8. Change the FOV to what you want and save your changes.


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
Music, sound effects, dialogue.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always muted.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


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

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Supports public and private lobbies.
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Audio problems[edit]

Some dialogue cannot be heard.[6]

Audio recording and many conversations do not have sound when playing in Spanish.

Audio disappears when leaving a vehicle and a crackling sounds appears when entering a vehicle.

Crash to desktop[edit]

Reports of crashing to desktop on startup[7]

To prevent game from crashing to desktop, go to Options -> Online and select Single Player as Game Type.

If you're using Proton to play on Linux, try changing the version from 5.0-9 to 4.11-13. "Properties" -> "General" -> "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" -> "Proton 4.11-13"

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot connect to multiplayer games[edit]

Error message "Connection to game session is unavailable at this moment." is a catch-all for any form of failed connection.
Multiplayer workaround using VPN[8]
You can only join other people who have tunngle installed and are connected to the same Tunngle Network.

Detailed explanation on this forum thread.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Refresh rate is limited to 60 Hz.
Edit video config[9][10]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Riptide\out\Settings\ or <path-to-game>\DI\Out\Settings\.
  2. Open Video.scr.
  3. Set MaxRefresh(60) to above 60, e.g. MaxRefresh(120) and save.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Interface Berkelium
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  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>/216250/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (216250) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.