In this year of problematic PC ports, from Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Forspoken to The Last of Us Part 1, it’s nice to have a game like Dead Island 2. It looks good, runs smoothly and scales well on many configurations. In this day and age when high-end rigs suffer despite meeting system requirements, that’s a wonder.
It is not without its problems, however. Dead Island 2 suffers from crashes even after patches to address the problem. Let’s see how to fix these.
As a preliminary note, the following methods should be used at the sole discretion of the system owner. GamingBolt or its staff are not responsible for any problems or issues that may arise when trying the solutions below. Remember that official support is always the best support.
PC Requirements Let’s look at the requirements for the game on PC. All configurations require 70 GB of installation space and Windows 10.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ or AMD FX-9590
- RAM: 10 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480
- Additional notes: Delivers 1080p/30 FPS gameplay.
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
- RAM: 16 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super or Radeon RX 6600 XT
- Additional notes: Delivers 1080p/60 FPS gameplay
- CPU: Intel Core i5-12600KF or AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
- RAM; 16 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT
- Additional notes: Delivers 1440p/60 FPS
- CPU: Intel Core i7-13700K or AMD Ryzen 9 7900X
- RAM: 16 GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 or AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
- Additional notes: Delivers 4K/60 FPS
Crashes One of the biggest problems facing Dead Island 2 are crashes. This doesn’t mean they always occur, but when they do, there are specific reasons for which solutions are available. First, do the usual, such as checking your files through the Epic Games Launcher.
Find the game in your library, select Manage Game and then check the files. Also make sure to update GPU drivers from Nvidia and AMD’s sites or dedicated apps. People with integrated GPUs sometimes see Dead Island 2 as the default, so make sure it uses your main GPU.
This is done by opening the Nvidia Control Panel, going to 3D Settings and selecting the Program Settings tab. Choose Dead Island 2 as the program and under “Preferred graphics processor” select your dedicated GPU.
Then in the game’s Settings menu, go to Full Screen and change Effects to Medium or Low. Also, make sure that unlimited video memory of the card is not enabled. Finally, disable AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2. It seems to be the cause of most crashes and should solve the problems immediately.
Another solution is to install a mod that replaces FSR 2.0 with Nvidia DLSS (although it only works on RTX-series GPUs). It can provide improved performance without the risk of crashes, but remember to back up any files when making changes. First, download it from NexusMods and unpack the archive. Copy all DLL files to the same folder with DeadIsland-Win64-Shipping.exe. In the game’s Settings menu, select an FSR 2.0 preset, as they match DLSS’s own presets.
Removed weapons Another glitch that can occur is that weapons are suddenly removed. If you have earned a legendary weapon through Lost and Found Quests, this can be a big disappointment, not to mention the resources lost in customizing it. Although no official solution is available, you can use EZ Auto Backup, which automatically backs up all saved data. It is available on NexusMods and has settings to save data every few minutes, every time the game automatically saves, etc. Again, not an official solution, so be careful when using it.
Dead Island 2 is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC. Read our official review for more details.