The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct cover
Terminal Reality
Infernal Engine
Release dates
Windows March 19, 2013
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Key points

Overall poor performance, a fairly buggy and incomplete release.[1]

General information

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Website
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\editdata\system[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/220050/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedData[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/220050/pfx/[Note 2]
Save files are stored on the default C:\ regardless of which drive the game itself is installed in.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are pillarboxed 16:9. Subtitles may be cut off.
4K Ultra HD
Resolutions above 1080p result in a glitched 1920x1080 partial render in the corner of the screen in fullscreen mode. This can be solved by setting both [MainWindow] and [Graphics] to your desired resolution in settings.ini.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Launch the game in windowed mode and use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Choice of Off, 30 FPS, or 60 FPS V-Sync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate
When changing various video settings the game will crash upon saving.[2] Upon relaunching the game the settings will be changed. There is currently no known fix for this problem.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

No voice audio[edit]

Change language to fix audio[3]
  1. From the Steam Library, select The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
  2. Right Click it and choose Properties, and then go to the language tab, and change the language.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The game may automatically set monitor refresh rate to 60 Hz; this can result in reduced smoothness on a high refresh rate monitor even if GPU render shows a high FPS count.
If Vsync limits refresh rate to 60 fps on a high refresh rate monitor, this is a sign this issue is occurring.
Set display refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Download Special K.
  2. Copy SpecialK32.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Rename SpecialK32.dll to d3d9.dll.
  4. Start the game and exit.
  5. Open d3d9.ini in the installation folder.
  6. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].


If your monitor has a manual refresh rate toggle button, you can use that to set a higher refresh rate instead of using a custom .dll.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 2.00 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ @ 2.0 GHz or better
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 4670
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  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>/220050/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (220050) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.