Dying Light

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Dying Light
Dying Light cover
Developers
Techland
Publishers
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Engines
Chrome Engine 6
Release dates
Windows January 27, 2015
Linux January 27, 2015
macOS (OS X) December 15, 2016[1]
Reception
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 73
IGDB 72
Dying Light on IGDB
Dying Light on MobyGames
Dying Light on Wikipedia
Dying Light
Dying Light 2015
Dying Light: Bad Blood TBA
Dying Light 2 TBA

Key points

Modding tools and custom maps are only available in the Steam version.

General information

Official Forums
Graphics & Performance Guide
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GamersGate
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Enhanced Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gamesplanet
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Enhanced Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Enhanced Edition. Cannot play with Steam users.[2]
Online multiplayer requires GOG Galaxy client with account login.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Enhanced Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Enhanced Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All OS X and Linux versions require Steam DRM.
The demo has been hidden on Steam but can still be installed by accessing the Steam URL steam://install/381570 in a browser.
Not available for sale in Germany due to German censorship laws.

Version differences[edit]

The Enhanced Edition includes the "Season Pass" and the "Crash Test Skin Bundle".

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Alienware Outfit
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Be the Zombie Initially a pre-order bonus, now integrated into the base game.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Buzz Killer Weapon Pack Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
CD-Action Anniversary Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Crash Test Skin Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cuisine & Cargo Not available individually, only as part of the "Season Pass".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Custom Maps
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Custom Maps 2
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Godfather Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gun Psycho Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Harran Ranger Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Night Club Weapon Pack Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ninja Outfit Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Nvidia Outfit
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Outfit and Livery 1
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Punk Queen Weapon Pack Included with the "Season Pass".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Rais Elite Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Razer Nabu Outfit
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Razer Outfit
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Retrowave Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Season Pass
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
SHU Warrior Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Special Agent Outfit Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Techland Outfit
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Bozak Horde Included with the "Season Pass".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Constable Weapon Pack Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Following Expansion. Included with the "Season Pass".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Lacerator Weapon Pack Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ultimate Survivor Bundle Included with the "Season Pass".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Urban Explorer Outfit Pre-order bonus, now part of the "Ultimate Survivor Bundle".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Vintage Gunslinger Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Volatile Hunter Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
White Death Bundle
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Wrench Kiss Weapon Pack Included with the "Season Pass".
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch game with -nologos parameter[3]

Game data[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DyingLight\out\settings\
macOS (OS X)
Linux <path-to-game>\DW\out\Settings\
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DyingLight\out\save\
macOS (OS X)
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\239140\remote\out\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
HUD does not scale past 16:9. Cutscenes are windowboxed.
A community tool allows to remove the black bars.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Up to 72° vertical (102° horizontal on a 16:9 monitor). See Field of view (FOV) for more.
Windowed
Alt-tabbing to other applications will temporarily enable Windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Added in patch 1.22.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through video driver.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On and off. Uses a post-process technique.[4]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit video.scr[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open video.scr with a text editor.
  3. Add the following line to the bottom of the file: ExtraGameFov(x).
  4. Replace 'x' with a number, which will increase the vertical FOV by that amount (20 equates to 72° vertical (102° horizontal on a 16:9 monitor) FOV).

Disable sun shadows[edit]

Significant performance improvement.
Reduction in visual quality.
Create a new varlist_performance.scr in Data3.pak (latest patch)[5]
Extract the original varlist_performance.scr from Data0.pak
  1. Go <path-to-game>\DW\.
  2. Extract or open Data0.pak and navigate to data/scripts/varlist_performance.scr (Using an archive manager such as 7-Zip or Ubuntu's "Archive Manager".)
Edit varlist_performance.scr and move it to Data3.pak
  1. Open varlist_performance.scr with a text editor.
  2. Search for VarInt and change the following to ("i_shadows_sun_on", 0).
  3. Copy the modified varlist_performance.scr to Data3.pak/data/scripts (ie. maintaining the subfolder structure).
  4. Remove any extracted Data0.pak files (Do not remove the Data0.pak file itself).
Edit varlist_performance.scr (release version)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Find and open varlist_performance.scr with a text editor.
  3. Search for VarInt and change the following to ("i_shadows_sun_on", 0).
  4. Launch the game.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Some keys (e.g. "change arrow/bolt type") cannot be remapped in-game. See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
No acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
And mouse smoothing setting.
Mouse input in menus
Implemented with a software cursor, which is susceptible to framerate changes and will feel different from the normal OS/hardware cursor.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput and DualShock 4. DirectInput controllers are ignored.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Limited to four presets with shoulder/stick swapping.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Windows only.[6] Any third party controller solutions have to be disabled.
Connection modes unknown
DualShock 4 V2 is not detected (wired and wireless)
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Remapping[edit]

Some keys (e.g. "change arrow/bolt type") cannot be remapped in-game.
Remap keys which cannot be remapped in-game[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DW\ and open Data0.pak with 7-Zip.
  2. Extract the file inputs_keyboard.scr in folder data\scripts\inputs\.
  3. Open the extracted file with a text editor (e.g. Sublime Text, Notepad++) and look for the action you want to change and edit the associated key (looks like "EKey__A").
  4. Save the file.
  5. Open Data3.pak with 7-Zip.
  6. Create the following subfolders: data\scripts\inputs\, i.e. the folder structure in this file must be the same as in the original file.
  7. Add the modified inputs_keyboard.scr into the inputs folder you just created in Data3.pak.
  8. Close 7-Zip.
  9. Start game.

Notes

For example, the key for changing the arrow/bolt type is bound to R and cannot be changed in-game. If you want to change this, you have to edit the following two lines in inputs_keyboard.scr:
AddAction(_ACTION_QUICK_ARROWS,                              EInputTarget_HUD, EInputDevice_Keyboard, false, EKey__R, false, true);
AddAction(_ACTION_QUICK_BOLTS,                               EInputTarget_HUD, EInputDevice_Keyboard, false, EKey__R, false, true);

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, music and SFX.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[7]
Subtitles
Some background conversations between NPCs are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
No ability to disable it.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Fan translation.
Dutch
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Thai
Turkish

Network[edit]

Network settings.
Network settings.
Steam version supports cross-platform multiplayer (Windows, OS X, Linux).
GOG.com and Steam players cannot play together.[2]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Coop & Unofficial mod for Co-op.
LAN play
4 Co-op, Versus
Option for LAN play available in Online menu.
Online play
4 Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Ports

No port information; you can edit this page to add it.
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

Oculus Rift[edit]

Edit video.scr[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open video.scr with a text editor.
  3. Add OculusEnabled() at the end of the file and save it.

Notes

Positional tracking not supported.
Pitch is hypersensitve.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't launch on open source AMD drivers on Linux[edit]

Override the OpenGL Mesa verison at launch[10]
  1. In Set Launch Options... on Steam add this code at the beginning
MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=4.5 MESA_GLSL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=450 %command%
Use the specific OpenGL library for Mesa.[11]

Download and unpack the library file into the main game folder and launch the game. In case it won't work, use it with the mentioned launch option from the guide above.

In-game graphics won't show up on AMD drivers on Gentoo/Fedora/OpenSUSE etc.[edit]

This issue is not present on Ubuntu or any Ubuntu/Debian based distribution
Create a symlink of bin directory[12]

Open up the Terminal and type:

sudo ln -s /usr/sbin/lspci /usr/bin/lspci

NOTE: If you are using ArchLinux or an ArchLinux based distribution, you must use Linux Steam Integration, it can be found in AUR for faster and easier installation.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink
Multiplayer Steamworks

Dying Light Manager[edit]

Allows more robust performance tweaking. Was designed for an older build of the game but still compatible with the latest; be sure to click cancel when it tells you an update is available.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 6870
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Other Laptop versions of graphics cards may work but are NOT officially supported
64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Sierra 10.12.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 @ 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R9 M370X
2 GB of VRAM
Other Only AMD Radeon graphics cards are officially supported.
64-bit operating system is required.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 6870
1 GB of VRAM
Other JFS and XFS file systems are not supported.
64-bit operating system is required.

References