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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][2]
Director's Cut Gevo Entertainment[1][3]
Director's Cut Toybox
Rising Star Games
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2013
Metacritic 59
Monetization One-time game purchase
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 2022

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 and bloom effect present in the original release have been removed.[4][5][6][7]
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 mods or use a graphics injector like ReShade for a workaround.
Lacks brightness option present in the PlayStation 3 version.[8]
Lacks difficulty options present in the Xbox 360 version.

General information

Welcome to Greenvale - Informative fansite Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


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

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.[9]

Skip intro videos

Hex edit game exe[10]
  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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

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.[11]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Either X, Y or both for aiming and camera separately.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock buttons, see DPfix.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
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
Royalty free audio


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

Issues unresolved

York begins mumbling at sidequest 20

When York is talking to Lilly in the Milk Barn for the third and final storage room sidequest, York begins mumbling during the conversation.[12]

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

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

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.[13]

Issues fixed


Game crashes after intro movie

Uninstall LAV Filters[14]
Blacklist LAV[15]

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

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)

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[16]
  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.
Smoke a (in-game) cigarette[citation needed]
  • Throughout the game when dealing with consistent crashes in specific places, fast-forwarding time with cigarettes can prevent crashes. Chapter 9 is notorious for being one of the worst offenders as it can crash in multiple spots such as immediately after the chapters begins, attempting to leave the gallery, after leaving the diner and possibly more. Here's a few savefiles starting from Chapter 8 that can help get through the chapter in case no backup was made beforehand.
  • 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.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
Skip the cutscene[citation needed]

Crash after entering indoor location

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

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)

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

Crash at the beginning of Chapter 9 corrupts save file

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

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

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

Low frame rate

Restarting your PC[17]
Set DPLauncher.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3)

Game speeding up, breaking animation, cars going insanely fast

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

Unable to take items from the toolbox

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

Character can't aim up properly

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

Create savedata folder in the installation folder[18]

Controller undetected in launcher

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

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

Switch to stereo audio in Windows[citation needed]

Run the game at screen refresh rate

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


  1. Download DPfix.
  2. Change enableTextureOverride 0 to enableTextureOverride 1 in DPfix.ini.
  3. Download the desired files and move the textures to dpfix\tex_override and the outfits to <path-to-game>.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Input WinMM

System requirements

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 1.2 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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut credits - MobyGames - last accessed on 2024-04-20
  2. CORECELL- Game & Digital Content & IT Service - last accessed on 2024-04-20
    "Deadly Premonition
    Full game porting
  3. Gevo Entertainment | Products - last accessed on 2024-04-20
  4. Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut review - Jim Sterling
  5. Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut review - Welcome to Greenvale
  6. Deadly Premonition Director's Cut Quick Cutscene Comparison 3 - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  7. Deadly Premonition Director's Cut cutscene comparison - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Deadly Premonition - brightness setting comparison (PC/PS3) - last accessed on May 2023
  9. dpfix | metaclassofnilblog
  10. Skip intro and logos - last accessed on May 2023
  11. Verified by User:Marioysikax on 15 November 2015
    DS4 R2 is start and camera spins because of hooking the triggers instead of right stick, neither can be remapped.
  12. York has a stroke - last accessed on May 2023
  13. Is anyone else unable to run the game AT ALL?
  14. Crashes after opening cinematic - Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  15. - last accessed on May 2023
  16. Deadly Premonition Windows, PS3, X360 game - Mod DB - last accessed on May 2023
  17. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  18. Can't Save; "Save Failed" - last accessed on May 2023