Dishonored 2

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Dishonored 2
Dishonored 2 cover
Developers
Arkane Studios
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
Void Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2016
Reception
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 86
IGDB 86
Dishonored 2 on HowLongToBeat
Dishonored 2 on IGDB
Dishonored 2 on MobyGames
Dishonored 2 on Wikipedia
Dishonored
Dishonored 2012
Dishonored 2 2016
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 2017

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Bethesda.net
Bethesda.net Launcher
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Mission+ and Black and White mode without logging in with a Bethesda.net account
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed.[2]
A demo is available.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mission+ Available after logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[3]
Windows
Black and White mode Available after logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[3]
Windows
Imperial Assassin’s Pack Available after logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[3]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the +com_showLoadingScreen 0 command line argument[4]
Apply the Dishonored 2 intro skip[5]

Game data[edit]

Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\dishonored2\base\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/403640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\dishonored2\base\savegame\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/403640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings
Video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
65-110° horizontal. For higher values see Field of view (FOV) or use this FOV Changer.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Enabled by default, samples unknown.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TXAA. To inject SMAA, see Subpixel Morphological Anti-aliasing.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 120 FPS to prevent physics issues.[6]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use DLL injection with Cheat Engine[citation needed]
  1. Download Hattiwatti's DLL - works with patch 1.2[6] (exe v1.75.0.7) and patch 1.3 (exe v1.75.0.12).
  2. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  3. Once you have started the game, use the button at the left top in the Cheat Engine window to open the process selector and choose "Dishonored2.exe".
  4. Open the "Memory View" window with the button on the left.
  5. Select "Inject DLL" in the menu "Tools", then select the DLL file you unpacked from the ZIP. Confirm "Execute?" with yes.
  6. You can close Cheat Engine. Mind that you have to inject the DLL whenever you run the game, if you want the FOV features.
  7. In the game, use PageUp and PageDown to change the FOV. You can also press Home to toggle HUD objective locators without having to go through the menus.

Subpixel Morphological Anti-aliasing (SMAA)[edit]

SMAA anti-aliasing is a low cost solution for eliminating geometry aliasing (and other jagged edges) that looks sharper than FXAA/TXAA and can result in better performance.
Inject SMAA via Reshade with dynamic mask that doesn't affect UI[citation needed]
  1. Disable in-game anti-aliasing.
  2. Download custom Reshade preset.
  3. Copy archive files to <path-to-game>.
This will not counter many types of aliasing, such as "sub-pixel" aliasing and "shimmering".

Input[edit]

Mouse settings
Mouse settings
Gamepad settings
Gamepad settings

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Screenshot showcasing subtitles style.
Screenshot showcasing subtitles style.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, SFX, Speech, Voice options.
Surround sound
7.1.[7]
Subtitles
None, Main Dialogue, All Dialogue.
Subtitles are displayed on a faint grey background.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Dishonored 2 (DX11).
vorpX
Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Unable to enter Fullscreen[edit]

Change value in CFG[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\dishonored2\base\.
  2. Open dishonored2Config.cfg with a text editor and look for r_fullscreen.
  3. If present change value from 2 to 1 otherwise add r_fullscreen "1" manually at the end of the file and save.
Disable fullscreen optimizations[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Right-click on Dishonored2.exe and click on Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab and check "Disable fullscreen optimizations".
  4. Click Apply to save the changes.

Mouse sensitivity tied to frame rate[edit]

Several users have reported inconsistent mouse movement, specifically when frame rate drops occur
Edit configuration files[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open dishonored2Config.cfg.
  3. Edit g_mouseClamp "360" to 180.
  4. Save the changes.

Unable to invert controller Y axis[edit]

Caused by the game recognizing the gamepad as a mouse input due to a Steam setting
Change setting in Steam Big Picture settings[citation needed]
  1. Open Steam Big Picture mode.
  2. Click on the gear in the top right (settings).
  3. Go to Controller Settings.
  4. Uncheck Xbox Configuration Support or PS4 Configuration Support depending on the controller you are using.

Dirty glass effect on screen[edit]

Disable Bloom[10]
  1. Open the Options menu from either the main menu or pause menu.
  2. Open Visuals and go to the Quality Settings tab.
  3. Set Bloom to No.
  4. Close the menu and save your settings.
As this effect appears to be linked to how the game renders bloom, there is no official way to disable the effect while also keeping bloom enabled.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Iggy
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8320
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7970
2 GB (Nvidia), 3 GB (AMD) of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  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>/403640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (403640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References