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Dishonored cover
Arkane Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows October 9, 2012
Metacritic 91
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Action, Stealth
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy, Steampunk
Series Dishonored
Dishonored on HowLongToBeat
Dishonored on IGDB
Dishonored on MobyGames
Dishonored on Wikipedia
Dishonored 2012
Dishonored 2 2016
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 2017

Key points

DLC is not directly accessible from the main menu.
Editing .ini files prevents Dunwall City Trials scores to be posted to the leaderboards.[1]
Generally regarded as a high-quality PC port.[2][3]

General information

Official forums
Official Hardware and Software Issues Subforums (PC) Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Definitive Edition also available.
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Game of the Year Edition also available.
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Definitive Edition also available.
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Definitive Edition.
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Definitive Edition also available.
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Definitive Edition also available.
Definitive Edition.
Green Man Gaming
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Definitive Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Definitive Edition also available.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Definitive Edition included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
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Definitive Edition also available.
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RHCP (Russia, Hungary, Czech, Polish) version

Version differences[edit]

Definitive Edition (formerly Game of the Year Edition) includes the base game and all DLC.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dunwall City Trials
The Brigmore Witches
The Knife of Dunwall
Void Walker Arsenal

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument[4]
INI Method
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Find [FullScreenMovie] section heading.
  4. Replace bForceNoStartupMovies=false with bForceNoStartupMovies=True or create as new entry if missing.

Increase Texture Quality and Turn Off Texture Streaming[edit]

Edit Configuration File[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. To disable mipmapping for world-textures (which should be most noticable), find the line TEXTUREGROUP_World=(MinLODSize=256,MaxLODSize=2048,LODBias=0) and replace it with TEXTUREGROUP_World=(MinLODSize=256,MaxLODSize=2048,LODBias=0,NumStreamedMips=0) (similarly, to disable mipmapping for any other texture group, simply append NumStreamedMips=0 inside the parentheses, making sure to add the needed comma(s)).
  4. Change these lines and save as read-only:
May cause game to enter an infinite loading loop. If it does, turn texture streaming back on, leave that area of the game, and turn it off again once you leave the area.

Increase Shadows Quality[edit]

Edit Configuration File[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Change these lines and save as read-only:

Stop bodies from disappearing[edit]

Increase Default Number of Bodies In Areas[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredAI.ini.
  3. Modify the values of m_CorpseAbsoluteMaximumCount and m_CorpseIdealMaximumCount as necessary (e.g. m_CorpseAbsoluteMaximumCount=1000 and m_CorpseIdealMaximumCount=500).
  4. Modify m_bCorpseCleanupInView= value from true to false.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\DishonoredGame\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205100/pfx/[Note 1]
Editing any of the .ini files prevents Dunwall City Trials scores to be posted to the leaderboards.[1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\205100\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/205100/pfx/[Note 1]
The normal version uses 205100; the RHCP (Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish) version uses 217980
Maximum of 40 manual save slots + 9 automatic mission saves + 2 autosave slots + 1 quicksave slot.
DLCs have a separate save slot limit.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games and settings.
Xbox Cloud


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen for the best experience.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider maximum is 110°, but some clipping may occur at higher FOVs;[6] for higher settings see Field of view (FOV).
Toggled with F11, menu option, or the -windowed parameter.[7]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with GeDoSaTo.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is 4x. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or MLAA. Up to 8x SGSSAA can be forced with Nvidia Profile Inspector using the flag 0x080000C1.[8][9]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Uses frame rate smoothing with maximum value of 130. For higher frame rates see High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV Hack[10]
  1. Download Dishonored FOV Hack.
  2. Put version.dll and fov.ini in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  3. Edit fov.ini to your preference.
This method does not seem to work with Linux running Proton.
If your game crashes performs this method, just delete version.dll and fov.ini in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\
Add FOV hotkey[11]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredInput.ini.
  3. Go down to the line m_PCBindings=(Name="Zero",Command="GBA_Shortcut_9")
  4. Add a new line below it: m_PCBindings=(Name="F4",Command="FOV 120")
  5. Change 120 to the FOV you want and save your changes.
  6. Press F4 during gameplay to use the new FOV.


This method will break the zoom-in during cutscenes. Your FOV will not change.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Changing Anisotropic Filtering level[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy=4 to MaxAnisotropy=16
  4. Save your changes.

High frame rate[edit]

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  4. Save file.
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.
Disabling frame rate smoothing can cause issues such as the player being stuck in tilt position or not being able to walk through doors. Raising the MaxSmoothedFrameRate to different values (i.e. 146) appears to cause no issues.

Ambient Occlusion[edit]

This method only works on Nvidia graphics cards.
  1. Open the Dishonored Nvidia profile with Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility value to 0x0000002F.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to Quality.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  5. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing option is on by default. Slider in menu for smoothing/acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse has deadzone when zoomed in.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Supports both auto-aim and aim assist.
Controller remapping
Only pre-set layouts are available.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
Use X1nput[14]
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
May not work properly, can happen along with settings not saving when using a controller. This can be fixed using these instructions.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Occasionally changes button prompts


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 but center channel is flaky[15]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Unofficial patch.
Available here.
Available here.
Download: 1, 2, 3

Independent UI and dubbing/captioning[edit]

  1. Make sure the actual game language is that you want the interface to be in (for ease XXX).
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\Localization\.
  3. Copy language-code folder to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\DishonoredGame\Localization\.
  4. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\Localization\.
  5. Copy language-code folder to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\Engine\Localization\.
  6. Set the game in the language you want the voices and the captions to be in (for ease YYY).
  7. Change both the previous folders names from original XXX to your new language code YYY.
  8. Do the same with the extensions of every file inside each of them.


Allowed language codes are: CZE, DEU, ESN, FRA, HUN, INT, ITA, POL and RUS.
To batch rename every file inside a folder open cmd into that folder and type ren *.XXX *.YYY.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved[edit]

The Knife of Dunwall: Crashing during the third act[edit]

The DLC appears to crash a lot for people in the third act, no solution.

Possible solution:

Crash during third act[citation needed]
  1. Go to the end of the act and talk to Billie Lurk.
  2. When Billie Lurk asks if you want to exit the level, say "No".
  3. Save the game.
  4. Go and talk to Billie Lurk again.
  5. Say "Yes" and exit the level.

The Knife of Dunwall: Low resolution textures on butchers[edit]

The game is using the low detail textures on butchers instead of the high detail textures.[17]

The Knife of Dunwall: Missing 2D image files[edit]

Generic placeholder images are replacing some 2D icons and images in-game.[18]

Game crash at startup[edit]

Some users report that turning Steam Cloud off and on again solves the problem.
Game crash at startup[citation needed]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Delete remotecache.vdf.
  3. Disable Steam Cloud (close settings window).
  4. Enable Steam Cloud (close settings window).
  5. Let Steam sync your saved games.
  6. Launch Dishonored.

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen turns white or very bright randomly during gameplay[edit]

Bright screen bug
Bright screen bug
Fix white/bright screen[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on Dishonored in the Steam client and click Properties.
  2. Uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

"First time setup" runs every time game is started[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Run the following from the command line: reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Valve\Steam\Apps\205100 /v PhysXRedist /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f.

Or simply run Steam as administrator and start the game. Accept all installation requests. After closing and restarting the game without running as an administrator, the dialogs will be gone.

Texture pop-in when switching weapons[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredEngine.ini.
  3. Change the values of both MipFadeInSpeed0 and MipFadeInSpeed1 to 0.
Unless the high quality texture can be loaded right away by your computer, this can make the texture pop-in even more noticeable, since it only disables the fade that is meant to hide the transition from low to high quality texture.

Controller hotplugging does not work[edit]

Run the game as an administrator, as detailed here.

Game options cannot be saved or loaded when using a controller[edit]

The game forces you to pick either keyboard/mouse or controller when you first open the main menu. Everything works fine with keyboard and mouse; however, with a controller, while the settings can be changed, they will never be saved and the game will reload the default settings every time a save file is loaded.

Run the game executable as an administrator once[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  2. Right click Dishonored.exe and hit "Run as Administrator".
  3. Steam should install some DirectX files, then the game will launch.
  4. Use a controller to enter the main menu and set your options. When you've changed your options and backed out, it should save them.
  5. From now on you should be able to save and load your options with a controller, even without running the game as adminstrator.

"High Overseer Campbell" meeting chamber bug[edit]

This gate to the right behind Overseer Martin will trigger the meeting chamber bug if opened.
This gate to the right behind Overseer Martin will trigger the meeting chamber bug if opened.
Opening the gate behind Overseer Martin during the "High Overseer Campbell" mission will trigger a bug with the main objective: High Overseer Campbell and Captain Curnow cut off their conversation too early, and everyone in the waiting area becomes alerted and rushes into the meeting chamber. The mission can still be completed, but several ways of solving the main objective are automatically failed.[19][20]
Avoid opening the bugged gate[19][20]

Complete the meeting chamber portion of the mission without opening the gate behind Overseer Martin (use climbing, Blink, or other methods to get inside without opening this particular gate).

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX, APEX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9p

Display/Hide HUD[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredInput.ini.
  3. Add this line m_PCBindings=(Name="F6",Command="ShowHUD true").
  4. Press F6 to hide or display HUD.
Removing the HUD also eliminates the letterbox in cutscenes.[11]

Mute Note/Book Reading Ambient Sound Effect[edit]

Mute Note/Book Reading SE[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\CookedPCConsole\.
  2. To mute the sound effect simply rename the file Bank_UI_Ingame_Note.pck to something else, such as Bank_UI_Ingame_Note.backup.

Mute all Powers Sound Effects[edit]

Mute Powers SFX[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DishonoredGame\CookedPCConsole\.
  2. To mute the sound effect simply rename the file Bank_Power_Player.pck to something else, such as Bank_Power_Player.backup.

Change sprint/run from hold to toggle[edit]

Change default sprint/run behavior from a hold to a toggle, activated while moving, no need to hold down button[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DishonoredInput.ini.
  3. Find a line that resembles m_PCBindings=(Name="LeftShift",Command="GBA_Sprint").
  4. Alter the line so that it reads m_PCBindings=(Name="LeftShift",Command="GBA_Sprint | DisToggleSprint TRUE").
  5. Save the file, it is recommended to make it read-only to prevent the game from resetting it.

Add Mission Stats menu[edit]

Adds "Statistics" button in pause menu, so it is possible to check statistics mid-mission.
  1. Download the mod here, then extract its content in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  2. Change the mod options by editing missionstats.ini with a text editor in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\NativeMods\.


Works with Steam and versions.
Alternative link, French translation, Polish translation, Russian translation.

Custom Health/Mana regen[edit]

Changes Health/Mana regeneration limits to allow full regeneration.
  1. Download the mod here, then extract its contents in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  2. Change the mod options by editing fullregen.ini with a text editor in <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\NativeMods\.


Works with Steam and versions.
Alternative link.

Add Nonlethal Drop Takedown[edit]

Allows you to knock enemies out nonlethally by dropping on their heads from a sufficient height.

Download the mod here, then extract DishonoredWeapon.ini in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\DishonoredGame\Config\.

Video demonstration.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 3.0 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5850
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) Windows compatible
Although official system requirements show Windows Vista as a minimum, the game does run on Windows XP.[21]


  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>/205100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (205100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.