Tips and Fixes to Common Bugs in Dying Light (Film Grain Mod, PS4 Download Error, Character Resets)

Here's some helpful tips to common bugs and errors on Dying Light to make gameplay easier.

Here's some helpful tips to common bugs and errors on Dying Light to make gameplay easier.

Thanks to much misinformation over the recent launch of Dying Light, there have been many angry gamers regarding the recent patch Techland put out. This simple mod allowed PC players to remove the game’s film grain filter by altering a data file.

The updated data file was uploaded to Media Fire and two days later the mod was pulled. Media Fire’s operators received a takedown notice from the ESA. Later on patch 1.2.1 was released to discourage cheating during the “Be The Zombie” PvP mode. This resulted with an error not allowing modders to make such tweaks like the film grain filter.

Here’s what Techland had to say on Steam to their players.

“With the recent patch (1.2.1) on Steam we blocked cheating to make sure the game’s PvP system (Be The Zombie) would not be abused. This, however, had the side-effect of hindering mod-makers from making changes to the game.”

“Creating obstacles for modders has never been our intention. We are now working on a quick patch that will re-enable common tweaks while stopping cheating in the game’s multiplayer mode.

“At Techland, we have always supported the mod community, and loved seeing how our own game can be changed by the players. A big part of the original Dead Island’s success was the passion and creativity of mod-makers from our community. We want the same for Dying Light.”

Common Bugs and Issues

  • Numerous performance optimizations, both general and configuration specific, that resolve many performance problems
  • Compatibility fixes: related to language and regional system settings
  • Fixes a number of crashes in various situations
  • Blocked cheating by changing game’s data files
  • New issue tracking mechanisms (safemode switch, additional logs, minidumps always, full dumps on request)
  • Numerous audio compatibility fixes

1.2.1 Patch Notes (Windows and Linux)

  • Numerous performance optimizations, both general and configuration specific, that resolve many performance problems
  • Compatibility fixes: related to language and regional system settings
  • Fixes a number of crashes in various situations
  • Blocked cheating by changing game’s data files
  • New issue tracking mechanisms (safemode switch, additional logs, minidumps always, full dumps on request)
  • Numerous audio compatibility fixes
Bugs Fixed
  • Resolved disappearing inventory in a save game in specific circumstances
  • Resolved blocked using of items after breaking reloading of shooting weapon
  • Removed weapon duplication glitch of throwable weapons
  • Limited camera field of view on cutscenes when in-game FOV set to other than default
  • Lowered frequency of docket availability information
Known Windows Issues To Be Fixed
  • Performance issues of systems based on the AMD processor
  • Freezes when using Nvidia DoF
  • Unsatisfactory performance on multi-GPU systems

1.2.1 Linux Specific Patch Notes

  • added keyboard support for unicode characters
  • fixed crashes (when unplugging game PAD controller, on landing movie)
  • fixed primary weapon HUD selection via mouse controller
  • fixed input system performance (along with mouse wheel)
  • fixed v-sync in windowed mode
  • fixed fullscreen support
  • fixed game process priority
  • fixed water reflection
  • fixed in-game menu map background
  • fixed characters faces morphing (chatters)
  • fixed missing (yellow) materials, i.e. sense mode, bushes, rocks
Known Linux Issues To Be Fixed
  • The game does not launch on some systems (Linux Mint)
  • The game does not work with Radeon cards
  • Some rendering/OpenGL performance issues
  • Too intense blur effect

PS4 Download Issues

Some PS4 users had issues with their pre-downloaded versions of the game not loading up. On Twitter there was a post with this link to the PlayStation EU forums that explains a simple fix.

  • Go to Settings
  • Select PSN
  • Select Restore Licenses
  • Hit ok (Restore Licenses)
  • Go to My Library on console
  • You are now provided with the download option (single or multi-player)
  • The download should then begin

If you receive an error code, simply delete the failed or partially failed downloads from your “Downloads” section of the PS4’s Notification area, and properly install the game.

Reset Issues

Players are reporting a serious problem with Dying Light that deletes acquired items, blueprints, money, and levels by resetting entire characters.

The exact cause of this specific bug is unknown. Rumor has it to be caused by quitting the game straight after sleeping, while others have reported it after playing in co-op mode. This is affecting both the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game.

As of yet, Techland doesn’t appear to have acknowledged this particular problem. I have reached out to Techland’s PR for comment and am awaiting word currently. As soon as I have an update, I will provide it here.

About the author

Venisia Gonzalez

Venisia is a public relations professional, video game industry contractor, published author, freelance entertainment journalist, copy editor, a co-organizer of the Latinx Games Festival, and a member of the Latinx in Gaming and the Puerto Rico Game Developers (PRGD) community. Her passion is video games. She loves the adrenaline rush from a multiplayer match and understands the frustrations of a brand-new raid. Venisia finds immense value in gaming especially in the realm of mental health.