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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 87
IGDB 86
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Action, Stealth
Themes Fantasy, Steampunk
Series Dishonored
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

Dishonored 2 is a singleplayer first-person immersive sim, action and stealth game in the Dishonored series.

General information

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

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Mission+, Black and White mode, and the Imperial Assassin's pack without logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[2]
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Bethesda.net (unavailable)
Bethesda.net Launcher
Windows
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on December 14, 2018.[3]
A demo is available from Steam.
The Bethesda.net release is no longer available as the Bethesda.net Launcher has been retired. Users who owned games in their Bethesda.net Library are able to transfer their games to their Steam account for free, even now after the launcher has been officially retired.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mission+ Available after logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[4]
Windows
Black and White mode Available after logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[4]
Windows
Imperial Assassin’s Pack Available after logging in with a Bethesda.net account.[4]
Windows
GOG version can access all DLC packs without logging into a Bethesda.net account.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the +com_showLoadingScreen 0 command line argument[5]
Apply the Dishonored 2 intro skip[6]

Game data

Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\dishonored2\base\dishonored2Config.cfg
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/403640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

Video

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. To disable FOV change when sprinting use No Sprint FOV Change Fix
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Enabled by default, samples unknown.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low and high FXAA, TXAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 120 FPS to prevent physics issues.[7] Game presents extreme frame pacing problems at any framerate other than a locked 60 or 120, even with a VRR display. The game struggles to maintain a solid 120 FPS even on very high end hardware as of 2021.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

Use DLL injection with Cheat Engine[citation needed]
  1. Download Hattiwatti's DLL - works with patch 1.2[7] (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.

Input

Mouse settings
Mouse settings
Gamepad settings
Gamepad settings

Audio

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.[8]
Subtitles
None, Main Dialogue, All Dialogue.
Subtitles are displayed on a faint grey background.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Hungarian
Fan translation, Letöltés.
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation.

VR support

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

Unable to enter Fullscreen

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[9]
  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

Several users have reported inconsistent mouse movement, specifically when frame rate drops occur
Edit configuration files[10]
  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

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.

Depth of field re-enabling on its own

Create a keybind to disable DoF[11]
  1. Add arkBind "P" "r_skipDOF 1" to the game's main config file (not in the default keybinds section, but in the custom keybinds section), then press "P" in-game after loading a save.
Add a launch argument[11]
  1. Add "+r_skipDOF 1" to your Steam launch parameters, or to a shortcut for the game's executable.

Flickering texture artifacts on player (arm and sword)

Disable HBAO+[12]
  1. Open the Options menu from either the main menu or pause menu.
  2. Open Visuals and go to the Advanced Settings tab.
  3. Set HBAO+ to No.
  4. Close the menu and save your settings.

Long time to load main menu

This happens because the game pre-compiles a lot of shaders before starting.

Increase shader cache size (NVIDIA-only)[13][14]

If you increase the size of your shader cache, then your PC will keep the shaders from last time playing saved and doesn't have to re-compile on restarting the game.

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Set shader cache size to a higher level.

The shaders are saved under %LOCALAPPDATA%\NVIDIA\DXCache

On AMD cards, shader cache can only be turned on or off, size can't be manually set.[15]

Other information

API

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

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Iggy
Cutscenes Bink Video

DOTO Mana Regen System

Cheat table to replicate the mana system of Death of the Outsider for Dishonored 2[16]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download the Cheat table.
  3. Launch Dishonored 2 and Cheat Engine, hook it to Dishonored2.exe.
  4. Load Mana Table.CT and check Mana Threshold.

Notes

Work with Steam and GOG version.
Can be loaded at the start of a new game, it will only work when the Outsider gives you your powers.
Video tutorial.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8
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