Mortal Shell

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Mortal Shell
Mortal Shell cover
Developers
Cold Symmetry
Publishers
Playstack
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows August 18, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 77
OpenCritic 75
IGDB 72
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
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Mortal Shell is a singleplayer third-person action RPG game developed by Cold Symmetry and published by Playstack. The game uses Unreal Engine 4.

A closed beta for the game was announced on June 11, 2020 and was available from July 3 to July 10, 2020.[2] The beta has generated significant interest, resulting in the developer opening it up to everyone which has led to 350,000 players ending up playing the beta.[3][4] The game was released on August 18, 2020 as a one year exclusive to Epic Games Store, scheduled to be released on Steam and GOG in Q3 2021.[5]

General information

Official Discord server
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
[6]
Windows
Retail (unavailable)
Epic Games Launcher
Available from October 23, 2020.[7]
Includes a poster and an artbook.
Windows
GOG.com (unavailable)
DRM-free
Scheduled to be released in Q3 2021.
Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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Scheduled to be released in Q3 2021.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\MortalShell\Dungeonhaven\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1110910/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\MortalShell\Dungeonhaven\Saved\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1110910/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Vert- gameplay and menus. See Field of view (FOV).[8]
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- gameplay and menus. Cutscenes are presented in 16:9. See Field of view (FOV).[9]
4K Ultra HD
[10]
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also supported.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with the textures option. Low (0x), Medium (2x), High (4x), Ultra (8x) available.[11] See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA is used by default. SSAA is adjustable with a slider up to 200% and referred to as "Resolution Scale". FXAA can be forced.[11] See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Toggleable between 30, 60, 90, 120, 144 and unlimited.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
A toggle is available in the menu.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use the Universal Unreal Engine 4 Console Unlocker[12]
  1. Follow the instructions to enable the developer console in the game.
  2. Enter FOV X where X is the desired value.
Resets at cutscenes and needs to be readjusted afterwards.
Requires to be run after each game launch.
Change FOV scaling to vertical FOV[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[/Script/Engine.LocalPlayer]
AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV
This edit causes the game to have incorrect FOV at 16:9 resolutions, severely zooming out from the character.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Custom anisotropic samples[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.MaxAnisotropy=16

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Disable TAA through a configuration file[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.PostProcessAAQuality=0
Enable FXAA through a configuration file
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=1
r.PostProcessAAQuality=4

Notes

Enabling FXAA will disable TAA.
DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=
0: off (no anti-aliasing)
1: FXAA
2: TemporalAA (default)

Notes

FXAA quality can be adjusted by changing the value of r.PostProcessAAQuality between 1 (low) and 6 (high).

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Disable chromatic aberration[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.SceneColorFringeQuality=0

Depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following and save the file.
[SystemSettings]
r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0

Input[edit]

Gameplay and input settings
Gameplay and input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Available as a slider between 0.2-2.0.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
"Invert mouse X" is also available.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Movement options, bumpers and triggers cannot be rebound.
Controller sensitivity
Available as a slider between 0.2-2.0.
Controller Y-axis inversion
"Invert controller X" is also available.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
The game allows to choose between Xbox and DualShock 4 prompts with a toggle.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Works natively when used wired. When using bluetooth, manual setup of DS4Windows is required.
DualShock button prompts
The game allows to choose between Xbox and DualShock 4 prompts with a toggle.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Adjustable with a slider between 0%-120% and referred to as "Force Feedback Scale".
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for Master, Effects, Music, Dialogue, Ambient, and UI Volume.
Surround sound
[13]
Subtitles
A subtitle scale option is available as a slider from 50-150%.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Vorbis, Ogg

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4590
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB [14]
Video card (GPU) Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
AMD Radeon R9 290
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.24.3.0[1]
  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>/1110910/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1110910) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-16
  2. IGN Expo: Mortal Shell First Gameplay Trailer, Beta Announced - last accessed on 2020-08-18
  3. Mortal Shell's beta had over 350,000 players - last accessed on 2020-08-18
  4. Action RPG Mortal Shell opens its beta due to player demand - last accessed on 2020-08-18
  5. Mortal Shell Set For Release This Month - last accessed on 2020-08-18
    "A Steam version for PC will be made available, but not until later in 2021."
  6. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-15
    Tested for DRM by closing the EGS launcher, renaming its app folder and the entirety of the config folders containing Denuvo tokens. Checked for Windows Credentials and found none.
  7. Physical Release Delay - last accessed on 2020-09-25
  8. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-16
    Tested using a custom resolution of 5760x1080.
  9. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-16
    Tested using a custom resolution of 2560x1080.
  10. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-15
    Tested at 3840x2160 custom resolution.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-15
    Tested with the Unreal Engine 4 console unlocker.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-16
  13. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-015
    Tested with custom Surround Sound with Razer Surround.
  14. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-08-15
    Actual installation size 11 GB