Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair

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Earth Defense Force 4.1:
The Shadow of New Despair
Earth Defense Force 4.1:The Shadow of New Despair cover
D3 Publisher
Release dates
Windows July 18, 2016
Vehicles Robot
Series Earth Defense Force
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General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
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All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/410320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\EDF4.1\SAVE_DATA
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/410320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Display settings.
Display settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native anamorphic support; see the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Currently broken. Only works on UI and in main menu.[1]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Uses adaptive Vsync. No option to toggle on/off.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Arrow keys are bound to emotes and are not remappable.[2]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse acts like controller. Move mouse down to move selection down./Etc
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Does not natively support DualShock 4.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Language settings.
Language settings.
Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Frame rate is still capped to 60 FPS with this fix.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\dxgi.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\EDF41.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

Windows 10 mouse issues[edit]

Modify compatibility settings[3]
  1. Find the game executable EDF41.exe (open the game folder from Steam library: right click > properties > local files > browse local files).
  2. Right click > properties
  3. Compatibility tab > change high DPI settings > high DPI scaling override > enable "Override high DPI scaling behavior" > select "Application" in "Scaling performed by".

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Dual core 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 7870
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit system is required.


  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>/410320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (410320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.