Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut cover
Original game Access Games
Director's Cut Corecell Technology[1]
Rising Star Games
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2013
Metacritic 59
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, TPS
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Detective/mystery, Horror, North America, Supernatural
Series Deadly Premonition
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut on IGDB
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut on MobyGames
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut on Wikipedia
Deadly Premonition
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut 2013
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise 2021

Key points

It is recommended to save frequently and make occasional backup copies of the save file, especially before chapter 9 due to potential save corruption.
Green and purple filters present in the original release have been removed.[2][3][4][5]
Resolution is locked to 1280x720. Use DPfix to increase rendering resolution along with many other options.
This port was heavily criticized at release due to glitches and crashing. A patch was released to increase stability.
The Director's Cut suffers from an unsaturated color palette. See SweetFX for a workaround.
Lacks brightness option present in the PlayStation 3 version.[6]

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Essential improvements[edit]

The game at 1920x1080 with DPfix and Color Fix.
The game at 1920x1080 with DPfix and Color Fix.


Increases resolution above 1280x720, adds many graphics/window options and more.[7]

Improved textures[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download DPfix.
  2. Change enableTextureOverride 0 to enableTextureOverride 1 in DPfix.ini.
  3. Download the improved files and move them to <path-to-game>\dpfix\tex_override.

Optional PlayStation buttons:

Optional font:

  • Clear font - This font is considerate of dyslexia and removes the unnecessary [ and ] for items.

Optional Post FX Mods:


While the outdoor scenes are typically better than the Xbox version because it removed the original purple filter, the indoor scenes are extremely bleak.[8]
The game without and with SweetFX
The game without and with SweetFX
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. If DPfix is installed rename d3d9.dll to dpfix.dll and edit SweetFX_settings.txt to ensure that this line is at the end: external_d3d9_wrapper = dpfix.dll.
  2. Put this wrapper to the installation folder.
For an easy preset, enable Lift Gamma Gain, Vibrance and Curves. To fix the cool temperature in favor of a warmer one, for the Lift Gamma Gain, you can use the values in this preset. Make Vibrance between 0.50 and 1.00 to saturate the colors. To increase contrast, make the curves mode 2, contrast .20 and formula 3.

Extra outfits for Emily[edit]

Simply dump the files in the "addon" folder:

Skip intro videos[edit]

Hex edit game exe[9]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open DP.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Go to offset 0x243333 if you have the Steam version or 0x243283 if you have the version.
  4. Change byte B3 to 00.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.cnf[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/247660/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/247660/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
1280x720 only; for other resolutions use DPfix.
Use RoseTheFlower's solution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed in the launcher, then use DPfix. May cause crashing.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use DPfix or force from GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use DPfix for downsampling and either FXAA or SMAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled. Locked to 60 Hz.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Exclusive fullscreen forces 60 Hz refresh rate. Exceeding 60 FPS speeds up game elements. If forcing higher refresh rate or playing in windowed/borderless windowed, cap the frame rate to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Launcher settings and input settings.
Launcher settings and input settings.
Launcher controller rebinding.
Launcher controller rebinding.
In game general settings.
In game general settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Set in launcher. Some keys are hard-coded.
Mouse acceleration
Strong negative acceleration is present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Either X, Y or both for aiming and camera separately.
Controller support
DirectInput only. Designed to be used with Xbox 360 Controller.
Full controller support
Have to be selected from the launcher, launcher useable with controller.
Controller remapping
Set in launcher. Some keys and all axis are hard-coded, some actions can't be bound to triggers (Look/Draw Weapon and Attack), renders most DirectInput controllers unuseable as XInput wrappers can't be used either.[10]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Either X, Y or both for aiming and camera separately.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock buttons, see DPfix.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In game audio settings.
In game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, effects and voice.
Surround sound
Autodetection, with some surround support. Main audio only stereo. Surround sound is mostly broken.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by «Siberian Studio».

Issues unresolved[edit]

York begins mumbling at sidequest 20[edit]

When York is talking to Lilly in the Milk Barn for the third and final storage room sidequest, York begins mumbling during the conversation.[11]

There are no known fixes for this, although this is a very minor glitch and does not prevent the player from doing the sidequest.

Cutscenes don't play[edit]

For some, cutscenes aren't shown. The player must press Esc or Enter to get past a black screen in order to get to the next section.

Game crashes after logos[edit]

Some users on Windows 7 are unable to boot the game beyond the logos. Windows Event Viewer shows a crash relating to XAudio2_7.dll unloaded.[12]

Issues fixed[edit]


Game crashes after intro movie[edit]

Uninstall LAV Filters[13]
Blacklist LAV[14]

Add a DWORD named DP.exe set to 1 in the windows register

  1. \Audio\Blacklist
  2. \Video\Blacklist
  3. \Formats\Blacklist
Use Codec Tweak Tool

Download Codec Tweak Tool, go to Preferred splitters and in WMV change from LAV to Microsoft on both 32 and 64 bit sections.

Runtime Error Crash[edit]

Launch with dp.exe instead of dplauncher.exe[citation needed]
If the game continues to crash, use CFF Explorer to make dp.exe aware of large addresses, or this 4GB patch.

Crash (dp.exe has stopped working)[edit]

Use the CFF Explorer or 4GB patch listed above[citation needed]
Restart your PC[citation needed]
Run the game in windowed mode (not even borderless fullscreen from DP Fix -- truly windowed)[citation needed]
Run the game in compatibility mode[15]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on dp.exe and choose Properties.
  3. In Compatibility tab check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows 98/Windows Me from the list. If Windows 98/Me does not work, Windows XP (Service Pack 3) is also reported to make the game stable, though this may cause the character can't aim up properly issue.
  4. Check Run this program as administrator.
(Steam) Disable the Steam overlay[citation needed]
  1. Go to the Steam library.
  2. Right click on Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut and choose properties.
  3. In General tab uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
Smoke a (in-game) cigarette[citation needed]
  • In Chapter 9, after Olivia gives York the "Key to Back Yard" in the diner, it is common for the game to crash during the cutscene outside, right after York says, "Let's hope it's not just something for the gossip columns". Many users have reported that smoking a cigarette (in-game) in the diner for an hour or two (about 13:00) before leaving the diner will help prevent the crash.
Skip the cutscene[citation needed]

Crash after entering indoor location[edit]

Select the refuse option when prompt[citation needed]
  • In ither chapter 7 or 13, whenever asked to hang around the colleagues refuse and now you will be able to enter any place free of crash; if curious to what happends if choosing the latter option just replay the chapter in which is accours.
  • If you accidentally save after hanging around with emily,gorge,etc. you will have bricked your save file and need to ither revert to an older one or use one from the internet.

Crash during cutscene after Episode 1, Chapter 3 Hospital Level[edit]

Set the game to windowed mode, or download a gamesave after the cutscene[citation needed]

After the encounter with the shotgun enemies in the hospital level, the game will load, and as it starts to play a new cutscene, will crash. Setting the game to windowed mode in the launcher seems to fix this, but the cutscenes must be skipped, or they will freeze. Here is a savegame directly after the cutscene, and here is the cutscene that you missed.

Crash during cutscene in Chapter 3 (hospital level)[edit]

Select "Controller" as your controls in the launcher to prevent the crash[citation needed]

Crash at the beginning of Chapter 9 corrupts save file[edit]

Replace your corrupt Chapter 9 save file with a working one

A common occurrence is for the game to crash during the cutscenes at the start of chapter 9 (going from the art gallery to the diner) and corrupt the save file. The cutscenes should be skipped to avoid this.

A save file made right after these cutscenes is available here.

If your save file was corrupted in other chapter, please refer to the next solution.

Save file corruption alternative[edit]

Replace your corrupt save file with a working one

As explained in the previous entry, a common occurrence is for the game to crash on the start of chapter 9. Nevertheless there's also reports of corrupt save files in other chapters.

A compressed file is available with save files from Chapter 6 onwards until the end of the game. You can access it here

Freeze in the Side Missions menu[edit]

Side mission information can found here.
In Compatibility tab check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows XP. See Run the game in compatibility mode[citation needed]
Please note that this may cause the character can't aim up properly issue.

Non-crash related[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

Restarting your PC[16]
Set DPLauncher.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3)

Game speeding up, breaking animation, cars going insanely fast[edit]

Removing DPfix[citation needed]
Setting in DPfix.ini fullscreenHz from 60 to 50[citation needed]

Unable to take items from the toolbox[edit]

Set DPLauncher.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3)

Character can't aim up properly[edit]

Set DP.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows 98[citation needed]
Turn off any compatibility modes, such as Windows XP[citation needed]

Save failed error[edit]

Create savedata folder in the installation folder[17]

Controller undetected in launcher[edit]

Set controller as preferred device[citation needed]
  1. Open Windows Start screen/Start menu (bottom left), type joy.cpl into search and press Enter.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Ensure your controller is set as the preferred device.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the window.

Launcher options constantly scroll up[edit]

Remove all possible Bluetooth devices, such as a Wii Remote[citation needed]

Bad audio mix and brake sound while in a car with 5.1 audio[edit]

Switch to stereo audio in Windows[citation needed]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install DPfix.
  2. Open DPfix.ini.
  3. Change fullscreenHz 60 to the screen refresh rate (e.g. fullscreenHz 120).
  4. Set a frame rate cap of 60 FPS to avoid speedup issue.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Input WinMM

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 16:9 monitor
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card.


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  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>/247660/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (247660) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.