Saturday, December 24, 2016


Merry Christmas everyone! This is more an experience than a game really, but it is quite something else with the sheer abundance of sea life around you and the attention to detail to make things like kelp and algae move realistically is quite impressive. I laughed with glee when I first came across a group of fish swimming in a bait ball and was able to experience what it would be like to swim through the middle of them :)

Download the fix:


  • Killed motion blur (causes massive issues in 3D)
  • Fixed Temporal Anti-Aliasing (the game inexplicably enables this about half way though)
  • Halos and related issues on all surfaces (grass, rocks, water, etc, etc, etc)
  • Decals
  • Lights
  • Shadows
  • Specular Highlights
  • Environmental reflections
  • Sun reflection
  • Water clipping near walls
  • Water caustics
  • Water density

Update 1.1

  • Fix crash on Windows 10 when using the SBS custom shader

Update 1.2

  • Allow Steam Overlay + Steam Controller to work
  • Fixed giant nautilus
  • Fix light hitting volcanic ash in depths level
  • Several more minor effects fixed


  1. Extract the zip file to the game directory. If done correctly, the d3d11.dll should be in the same directory as AbzuGame-Win64-Shipping.exe (not the top level directory)

  2. Launch the game. The first time you run it (and again after any driver update) you will get a UAC prompt for Rundll32 to install the driver profile - choose yes.

SLI Notes

SLI + 3D Vision is broken in this game in recent drivers. The surface of the water is badly visually corrupted and the waves on the surface do not match between the eyes. Either disable SLI through the control panel, or downgrade to a known working driver:

  • 372.90 (Wed Sep 21, 2016): Works
  • 373.06 (Thu Oct 06, 2016): Works
  • 375.63 (Sun Oct 23, 2016): Broken
  • 375.70 (Fri Oct 28, 2016): Untested, presumed broken
  • 375.95 (Fri Nov 18, 2016): Broken
  • 376.09 (Mon Nov 28, 2016): Broken
  • 376.19 (Mon Dec 05, 2016): Untested, presumed broken
  • 376.33 (Wed Dec 14, 2016): Broken
  • 376.48 (Wed Dec 21, 2016): Broken

Known Issues

  • If you see a massively broken effect (like a flickering surface, nuclear lights, an inexplicable colour filter, etc) it might just be a glitch. Try restarting the game before reporting any issues.

  • About half way through the game it suddenly enables temporal anti-aliasing for no apparent reason, which has issues in 3D. I've fixed all the worst problems this causes, but it still exhibits some minor judder in some areas.

Side-by-Side / Top-and-Bottom Output Modes

This fix is bundled with the new SBS / TAB output mode support in 3DMigoto. To enable it, edit the d3dx.ini, find the [Present] section and uncomment the line that reads:

run = CustomShader3DVision2SBS

Then, in game press F11 to cycle output modes. If using 3D TV Play, set the nvidia control panel to output checkerboard to remove the 720p limitation.

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  1. Merry Christmas, DarkStarSword! :)
    Thanks a lot for the fix!!!

  2. Thanks. Merry Christmas to everyone.

  3. Game is amazing. I'm running pretty fine at 720p. I've tried use sbs/tab feature but the game crashes at start. Anyone more with this problem?

    gtx 1070
    3dTV play

    Thanks again for the fix.

    1. Working fine for me on Win7. Dual boot makes your life easier.

      What driver are you using?

    2. Driver 376.33
      I suspect it's a win10 problem too.
      I'm going to give a try on dual boot solution.
      Thanks for the reply, bo3b.

    3. same problem here , thanx for the fix and the help :)

    4. Thanks for the report - I'll take a look and see if I can work out the root cause (I have a suspicion), but in the meantime you can work around it by starting with that custom shader disabled, then once in the menu alt+tab out and enable it, then alt+tab back in and press F10 to reload the config, then F11 to cycle output modes.

    5. I've just updated the fix to 1.1 to fix this issue - please let me know if you have any further problems.

    6. i tried the new version and this time the game does not crash but there is no 3d !

    7. New version solved my sbs/tab problem. Thanks DSS.
      @maximum I know it sounds obvious but have you tried "CTRL + T" ??

    8. Also make sure that 3D hasn't been disabled through the control panel - Windows 10 upgrades the nvidia driver without permission and without telling you sometimes (it just did that to me earlier today), and disables 3D Vision and SLI when it does so.

    9. for some reason 3d doesn't kick in even without the fix!!

    10. thank you darkstarsword !!

      i have 2xSLI TITAN Pascal with drivers 376.48 and the fix works FINE ! The water was broken at the beginning so i just did "CTRL + T" to deactivate 3Dvision and did again "CTRL + T", it worked !

      the game is very beautiful and smoothly 7680 x 1440 3DSurround :) . Nice christmas !

    11. @maximum Make sure that full screen is enabled in the game settings. If that doesn't work, try using DDU to do a full clean reinstall of your drivers.

    12. thank you very much for your help DSS but no success, i used ddu, also tried some other game profiles using nvidia inspector but still 3d doesn't kickin.
      is there any way to use the fix with TAB output in tridef?

  4. Merry Xmas Guys!! Thanks for all the amazing 3d prezzies for this year! :)
    Just purchased Abzu on Steam and lookey what we have here... awesome work!

  5. Thank you this was Amazing. I wished the developers could see their game on 3d so they would see the potential and beauty of it. I'm sure they would make it a point to release it with Stereo support from the box

  6. YES! I was waiting for this one for a long time. The game is absolutely beautiful in 3D. Thank you so much DarkStarSword! Have a merry xmas all you fellow 3D gamers out there.

  7. Excellent work, have donated what I think is the Aussie equivalent of a fiver. Hopefully others will follow suit.

  8. I've just released a small update to fix a few more effects and to allow the Steam Overlay & Steam Controller to work.

  9. Confirmed working on 376.19 drivers. Thanks a bunch!!

  10. It was a great experience! Thank you very much for the fix!

  11. For those who had Problems with 3d.. I had to right-click mydesktop and change the resolution. on windows 7 you can click on "advanced settings" -> "list all mods" and then choose for example " 1920 x 1080(...), 24hz " to fix the problem :)

  12. Thanks work beautifully! Windows 7, 1080 GTX, 4K. Donation done!

  13. So I have an Oculus rift, and I was planning on running it SBS with Virtual Desktop, just because. I have extracted the fix into the proper destination, and uncommented the proper line, but I wanted to see the SBS run on my regular computer screen prior to messing with it in my headset, alas, no SBS, or any 3D for that matter... Must I have some kind of 3D display connected in order for it to even start? I am super new to this stuff so feel free to judge me!

    1. If it's a laptop, NVidia doesn't allow 3D to be enabled on the internal screen. No idea why they care. So to enable 3D Vision Automatic, which we need, you need to have an external screen. It can be in red/blue Discover mode, and still support SBS via 3Dmigoto I think.

  14. Couldn't get SLI working even with the old drivers no win 10, unfortunately.

  15. hi, its not working at all. is it due to latest drivers?

    1. Just tested this again, and it was working well. Win7, Driver 391.35.

  16. I almost looked past this 'game', even though I have it free from Epic. It really is a great experience and I'm lucky I get to see it this way.

    1. Did you do anything special to make it work? It crashes at startup with a D3D device lost error for me. Every other game works perfectly.

  17. The fix no longer works for me as well. I'm having some strange sync issues. Like a 3d pulsing. I tried reinstalling the drivers, but it didnt fix it. Im on 441.66

    1. Just tested this again, and it was working perfectly. Win10 1903, Driver 425.31, Steam version.

    2. Thank you for checking. I'm unfortunately still having issues. It looks perfect for about 2 minutes and then the out of sync pulsing begins. Strangely all the other games I play in 3d still work like normal. No worries. Ill keep digging and see if I can figure it out.

  18. Wow...just this game free today on the "Epic" give-away...didn't even think it would be 3D at all, let alone given the 3D Helix treatment...but...I played it, and finished it all in one go...THANK YOU, Dark Star Sword...! How anyone can play this in only 2D is beyond me...3D should be made MANDATORY for everyone!!

  19. Abzu went straight into 3D.

    Rising Storm 2 initially DID kick into 3D - but immediately after updating to the latest 3DFM update (yesterday) it won't come on.

    I might try re-installing the game - or do a fresh install of the latest 3DFM

  20. Got 3D back in Rising Storm 2 by uninstalling / reinstalling the game on "Epic" - so no fault of 3DFM

    - oddly though (and this happens on SOME other games too) the "Green" 3D depth bar and "Green" 3D information text don't appear (I just tested that on Far Cry 1, and it does appear) - so I guess it's because RS2 isn't (yet) optimised

  21. How to update the fix with geo-11 driver ? thank you.