Death end re;Quest 2

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Death end re;Quest 2
Death end re;Quest 2 cover
Developers
Idea Factory
Compile Heart
Windows Preapp Partners
Publishers
Idea Factory International
Engines
OROCHI 4
Release dates
Windows August 18, 2020
Reception
OpenCritic 79
IGDB 84
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Finite spend
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres JRPG, Visual novel
Art styles Anime
Themes Horror, Japan, Sci-fi, Supernatural, Detective/mystery
Series Death end re;Quest
Death end re;Quest 2 on HowLongToBeat
Death end re;Quest 2 on IGDB
Death end re;Quest 2 on MobyGames
Death end re;Quest
Death end re;Quest 2019
Death end re;Quest 2 2020

Death end re;Quest 2 is a singleplayer third-person JRPG game developed by Idea Factory in conjunction with Compile Heart and published by Idea Factory International. The game is a sequel to Death end re;Quest and it uses OROCHI 4 as its engine.

Prior to the game release, it has been announced that the character designs have been slightly adjusted "to meet global standards". With characters from the first game being available in this game, their outfits have been censored for the PlayStation 4 release. This led publisher Idea Factory International to ask Steam players to participate in a poll to decide on the censorship of the first game's characters.[2] The result was that characters of the first game retain their original outfits in the PC version, while the new characters are the same as seen in the PlayStation 4 version. This does not apply to event cutscenes or movie cinematics due to "the development cost and time to include both costume versions not being feasible".[3][4]

The game was originally intended to launch August 25, 2020 alongside the PlayStation 4 version but the release has been advanced to August 18, 2020. The game is available on Steam.

As in the first game, resolutions between 1080p and 4K remain upscaled.

General information

Idea Factory PC Support
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Limited Edition available from the publisher's North American or European online store. No install disc included. Redeemable key is sent over email.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Deluxe Pack Contains a digital art book, soundtrack, wallpapers, and a Windows desktop theme.
Windows
Helping Hand Set Free DLC that unlocks rare in-game items, and currency.
Windows
Gag Weapon Set 1 Free DLC that unlocks four weapons.
Windows
Gag Weapon Set 2 Free DLC that unlocks three weapons.
Windows
EXP Booster Equipment Item that gives EXP boosts after battles.
Windows
Deluxe Helping Hand Set Bundle of healing consumables and currency.
Windows
Alternate Uniform Set Character cosmetics.
Windows
Shina's Maid Outfit Character cosmetic.
Windows
Ultimate Weapon Set Set of 9 weapons.
Windows
Blood Skelter Set Mary Skelter themed weapons.
Windows
The "Blood Skelter Set" and "Ultimate Weapon Set" unlock on September 15, 2020.[5][6]

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Boost DLC for characters containing hard-to-find items, healing consumables, EXP boosts, and currency.
Cosmetic Cosmetic DLC for characters.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\resource\bin\DeathEndReQuest2.ini[Note 1]
<Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1266220\remote\SYSTEMSAVE_GAME.BIN
<Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1266220\remote\SYSTEMSAVE_param.sfo
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1266220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1266220\remote
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1266220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
The game only supports 12 pre-defined 16:9 resolutions.[Note 3]
Multi-monitor
Stretched when using fullscreen, or displayed on a single monitor when selecting borderless windowed.[7]
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed to 16:9 in exclusive fullscreen.[8]
Limited to a 16:9 window in borderless windowed mode.[9]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Uses a 45° Vertical FOV during overworld exploration, and a 43° FOV during battles.[10]
Windowed
[Note 4]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
[Note 5]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Uses Temporal Anti-Aliasing, but the option is tied to the "Post-Processing Effect" setting, which results in brightness issues when disabled.[13]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use Special K and set "Presentation Interval" to 0 to disable Vsync.[14]
60 FPS
Pause menu is capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate for more.
120+ FPS
Capped to 63 FPS. See High frame rate for more.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

High frame rate[edit]

Raise the framerate cap to 240 FPS by hex editing[15][16]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\resource\bin\
  2. Open DeathEndReQuest2.exe in a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Search for 41 55 55 85 41 and replace with 41 71 1C 87 40 to modify the framerate cap for gameplay and VN sequences.
  4. Search for 41 55 55 05 42 and replace with 41 71 1C 87 40 to modify the framerate cap for the pause menu.
When finding and replacing these hex values, make sure that the find/replace tools are using the "Hex-values" mode.
Alternatively, the hex values can be changed to use a custom framerate cap by dividing 1000 by the desired framerate cap. For example, a 30 FPS cap hypothetically can be achieved by 1000 / 30, then using HxD's replace tool's floating point number utility to find and replace the 16.66666603 and 33.33333206 values with 33.33333333. These values can also be changed to 00.00000000 to disable the framerate cap entirely.
Alternatively, this can be achieved and quickly experimented with in the game by using a Cheat Engine table.
Modifying the framerate cap above 60 FPS can cause 2D UI elements, the pause menu, and character bustups to animate faster.
Camera movement trails behind the player, and mouse smoothing/acceleration increases noticeably above 90 FPS.
Character movement and cursor movement (When analyzing enemy weaknesses) in battles increases in speed above 60 FPS.

Input[edit]

Using a mouse, holding down the right button is required for turning the camera during battle.
Dungeon options
Dungeon options
Keyboard "Button Mapping" settings
Keyboard "Button Mapping" settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse rebinding is not supported.[17] A Steam Guide contains more information regarding each keybinding's functionality.
Mouse acceleration
Camera movement has mouse acceleration that cannot be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
"Camera Speed" slider from 0-100%. Uses the same option as controllers, and does not include individual X/Y axis sensitivity options. Mouse cursor sensitivity depends on the OS mouse settings.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
"Camera Up/Down Controls" and "Camera Left/Right Controls". "Normal" setting on mouse inverts both X and Y axis.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
"Camera Speed" slider from 0-100%. Does not include individual X/Y axis sensitivity options.
Controller Y-axis inversion
"Camera Up/Down Controls" and "Camera Left/Right Controls".
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Uses keyboard prompts by default. Requires setting "Target" to "Controller" in the Button Mapping settings.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
No native in-game support. Use Steam Input or other third-party software.
DualShock button prompts
Xbox button prompts are displayed instead.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Adjustable with a slider referred to as "Controller Vibration".
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio[edit]

Sound options
Sound options
Event options
Event options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
"BGM Volume", "SE Volume", and "Voice Volume" sliders.
Surround sound
Stereo only.[18]
Subtitles
Cutscenes and visual novel sequences contain character dialogue in a text box.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Japanese
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Issues unresolved[edit]

Performance issues[edit]

Several reports indicate that performance issues are present, even on hardware that is within the listed system requirements.[19]
Lowering the in-game graphics options may not result in significant performance improvement.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen on startup/Resolution limit lower than current resolution when using DPI Scaling[edit]

The game crashes when high DPI scaling is being used.
The game also limits resolution options based on the DPI Scaling settings set in Windows. For example, if a 3840x2160 resolution is being used, but DPI Scaling is set to 200%, the in-game resolution will be limited to 1920x1080.[20]
Instructions[21][22][23]
  1. Open the <path-to-game>\resource\bin directory, right click DeathEndReQuest2.exe, and go into Properties.
  2. Open the Compatibility tab, and go into Change high DPI settings.
  3. Enable Override high DPI scaling behavior and have the dropdown box set to Application.
  4. Press the OK button to exit out of the DPI properties, and then press Apply in the file properties to save changes.

Game not properly loading shaders[edit]

Under certain circumstances on specific CPUs and GPUs, the game fails to load shaders correctly, becoming unplayable.[24] Fixed with a patch on September 25 2020.[25]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Interface Live2D[26]
Cutscenes Bink Video, Criware

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8
Processor (CPU) Intel i5 2.3 GHz
AMD A9 2.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5xxx
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectSound (DirectX) compatible sound card
Other
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  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>/1266220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1266220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. Available resolutions:
    • 640x360
    • 720x405
    • 800x450
    • 1024x576
    • 1152x648
    • 1280x720
    • 1360x765
    • 1366x768
    • 1600x900
    • 1920x1080
    • 2560x1440
    • 4K Native
  4. If using the same vertical resolution as the windowed resolution, the window will clamp to a different value. For example, when running 1920x1080 windowed mode on a 2560x1080 resolution, the window resolution will clamp to 1061x1080. This isn't prevalent in Borderless or Fullscreen mode.[11]
  5. The "Fullscreen" option is a borderless window that only works with the resolution corresponding to the vertical window resolution.[12]

References

  1. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2021-03-23
    Checked by looking at credits.
  2. Death end re;Quest 2 Launches Summer 2020 in the West, Glitch Costumes Uncensored on PC - last accessed on 2020-08-19
  3. Death end re;Quest 2 Survey Asks Fans if they Want Uncensored Costumes on Steam - last accessed on 2020-08-19
    "However, we can only include the original designs or the new designs. The development cost and time to include both costume versions would not be feasible."
  4. Glitch survey character sheets - last accessed on 2020-08-19
  5. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-19
    Received this information in an email from the IFI Online Store.
  6. Death end re;Quest 2 Steam DLC Information - last accessed on 2020-08-19
  7. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-19
    Tested using a custom resolution of 5760x1080
  8. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-18
    Tested by adjusting resolution options. However, when using a custom resolution of "5120x2160" and using fullscreen mode, it results in the image being stretched rather than being pillarboxed.
  9. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-19
    Tested with a custom resolution of 2560x1080.
  10. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2021-05-08
    Found by messing with float values and opcodes inside of Cheat Engine.
  11. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2021-01-02
    Tested by finding window resolution values in Cheat Engine.
  12. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2021-01-02
    Tested by finding window resolution values in Cheat Engine and modifying them. Alt-Tabbing back to the game after the value is changed results in an effect similar to a borderless window, but anchored towards the left-side of the screen.
  13. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-25
    Due to the game bundling all kinds of post processing like bloom, global illumination, antialiasing and blur the game becomes noticeably darker when post processing is set to off.
  14. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-18
    Tested on a 60Hz refresh rate. Forcing VSync to disable in the NVCP or AMD Radeon Software doesn't work.
  15. Death end re;Quest 2 Framerate Uncap Thread - last accessed on 2020-08-18
  16. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-18
    Tested the hex edit provided by KingKrouch.
  17. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-18
    Checked control settings, and checked the functionality of each keybinding.
  18. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-19
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  19. Performance? - last accessed on 2020-08-20
  20. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-20
    Tested with a 5120x2160 custom resolution and 200% DPI scaling on a 2560x1080 monitor.
  21. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-19
    Tested by manually setting the DPI setting and replicating the crash.
  22. Black screen on start! - last accessed on 2020-08-19
  23. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-20
    Tested using 4K resolution with 200% DPI Scaling.
  24. My problem in Death end re;Quest 2 (PC/Steam) - last accessed on 2020-08-20
  25. Bug Fixes - last accessed on 2020-09-25
  26. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-11-08
    Checked referenced strings inside of Cheat Engine and IDA.
  27. Death end re;Quest 2 System Requirements - last accessed on 2020-08-25