House of Ashes

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The Dark Pictures Anthology:
House of Ashes
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes cover
Supermassive Games
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows October 22, 2021
Metacritic 69
OpenCritic 74
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror, Quick time events
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror, Supernatural
Series The Dark Pictures Anthology
House of Ashes on HowLongToBeat
House of Ashes on IGDB
House of Ashes on MobyGames
House of Ashes on Wikipedia
The Dark Pictures Anthology
Man of Medan 2019
Little Hope 2020
House of Ashes 2021
The Devil in Me 2022

House of Ashes is a survival horror game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
It is a sequel to Little Hope released in 2020 as part of the The Dark Pictures Anthology. The game shares most of its settings and technical aspects with the earlier titles, and it is the first in the series to offer a DirectX 12 launch option.

The game released on October 22, 2021 via Steam.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam DRM.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Curator's Cut Available through pre-order only and set to become free for all users with a later update.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video file[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\SMG025\Content\Movies\SkullVideo\
  2. Remove or rename DPSkullIntro.bk2

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\HouseOfAshes\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1281590/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\HouseOfAshes\Saved\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1281590/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Letterboxed to 21:9. See also Widescreen resolution.
Pillarboxed to 21:9.[2] See Widescreen resolution for a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Letterboxed to 21:9.[4] See also Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with Texture Quality. Low (0x), Medium (2x), High (4x), Ultra (8x).[5]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Four options: Off, Medium, High, Ultra.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Includes a toggle to limit to 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing
Reflections and ambient occlusion
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use a Flawless Widescreen plugin to remove letterboxing or pillarboxing[6]
  1. Download and install Flawless Widescreen.
  2. Download the Man of Medan multimonitor script.
  3. Extract the archive contents to a new folder.
  4. Go to \PluginCache\WSGF_Plugins\Modules\TheDarkPicturesAnthologyManofMedan\Dependencies\Scripts.
  5. Open TheDarkPicturesAnthologyManofMedan.lua in any text editor.
  6. Find and change Process_WindowName = "Man of Medan  " to Process_WindowName = "House of Ashes  " and save the file.
  7. Copy the PluginCache and Plugins folders into the Flawless Widescreen install directory.
  8. Run Flawless Widescreen.
  9. Launch House of Ashes.
  10. In Flawless Widescreen, select The Dark Pictures Anthology Man of Medan under Installed Plugins -> WSGF Plugins.
  11. Click on Fix Enabled and return to House of Ashes.
Use Supermassive Games Border Remover


Controls settings
Controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No acceleration option.
Mouse sensitivity
From 0 to 100.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate options for camera, aiming, exploration and inspecting.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Some buttons cannot be remapped, and quick time event buttons can only be swapped.[Note 3]
Controller sensitivity
From 0 to 100. Referred to as "Camera Sensitivity".
Controller Y-axis inversion
Separate options for camera, aiming, exploration and inspecting.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Includes an option to choose between Xbox and DualShock prompts.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Includes an option to choose between Xbox and DualShock prompts.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Audio and Language settings
Audio and Language settings
Accessibility settings
Accessibility settings

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

Issues unresolved[edit]

Endless loading screen during co-op[edit]

The game may end up at an infinite loading screen when playing co-op.[8][9]

Game crashes randomly[edit]

The game may crash during startup or in random locations during gameplay.[10][11][12]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
5 Co-op, Hot seat
Playable through the "Movie Night" game mode with 2-5 players.
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio OGG Vorbis
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4690K
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 65 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 380
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build:
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1281590/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1281590) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. Control sticks, LB (Xbox) and L1 (DualShock) cannot be rebound. QTE buttons can be swapped but not set to anything other than ABXY (Xbox).


  1. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Renamed both video files manually to test intro skipping.
  2. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested using a custom resolution of 5760x1080.
  3. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested using a custom resolution of 2560x1080.
  4. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested using a custom resolution of 3840x2160.
  5. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    based off sg.TextureQuality=4 setting in GameUserSettings.ini and the official UE4 documentation.
  6. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested by using the given instructions. Importance of two spaces after the new "House of Ashes" value tested for importance. Tweak had no effect without it.
  7. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2021-10-23
    Tested in 7.1 using SpecialK in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  8. Infinite Loading Screen - last accessed on 2021-10-25
  9. Game Bug in co-op cannot continue - last accessed on 2021-10-25
  10. Fatal crash on "spoiler" scene - last accessed on 2021-10-25
  11. Error Fatal - The SMG025 game has crashed - last accessed on 2021-10-25
  12. the SMG025 game has crashed.. - last accessed on 2021-10-25