Abiotic Factor – How to Edit Sandbox Settings + Tech Tips

Sandbox Settings Guide

To edit the Sandbox settings, you will need the following file:


All Sandbox Options


This one’s about turning off the whole day-night thing. Time still rolls on, but it’s stuck on whatever you set it to. No more switching between day and night. But watch out, some stuff only goes down during certain times, so you might miss out on gear or whatever. Up to you if you wanna mess with it.

  • 0 – Normal
  • 1 – Always Day
  • 2 – Always Night


A higher number will make clock time pass faster. This will NOT affect the speed of other cooldowns, respawn times, and so on.

  • Minimum Value: 0.1
  • Maximum Value: 3


Got it. Here’s my take:

This thing here adjusts how fast stuff refills. If you crank it up, sinks will fill up quicker. Drop it down, they’ll take longer. Zero it out, and bam, no more refills. Makes things way harder.

  • Minimum Value: 0
  • Maximum Value: 10.0


This setting controls how fast your grub goes bad. Normally, food rots after a while. You can tweak it to slow down the decay, speed it up, or just freeze it in time.

  • Minimum Value: 0.0
  • Maximum Value: 2.0


This is about how good your fridge works. It also decides how well hot stuff, like a cup of joe, stays hot if it likes warmth. Adjust this, and you’ll tweak how good your fridge keeps things chilled or your hot stuff stays warm.

  • Minimum Value: 0.0
  • Maximum Value: 2.0


We’re talking about how often the bad guys pop back up. If you drop this number, it takes longer for them to respawn. Crank it up, they come back faster than usual. Default’s at 1.0, but you can tweak it between 0.5 and 3.0.


This one’s all about making the baddies tougher or weaker. Drop the number, they go down easier. Jack it up, they’re like tanks. Default’s set at 1.0, but you can mess with it between 0.75 and 3.0.


Here we’re talking about how much punch the enemies pack. Drop it down, they’re less deadly. Crank it up, combat gets tougher, and those foes hit harder. Default’s set at 1.0, but you can tweak it between 0.25 and 3.0.


It decides how much hurt the enemies dish out to your setups. Lower it, your bases are tougher to crack. But drop it to zero, and enemies might get stuck or not pose much of a threat to your turf. Default’s at 1.0, but you can tinker with it between 0.1 and 5.0.


This one’s about how quick the bad guys spot you. Crank it above 1, they’ll pick up on you faster. Drop it, and you’ll have a bit more sneaking around time. Default’s at 1.0, but you can dial it down to 0.1 or up to 3.0.


This one’s about how much oomph players can dish out to each other. Set it low, and it takes a bunch of hits to make a dent. Bump it up, and you’re packing more punch. Default’s at 0.5, but you can go from 0.0 to 3.0 with it.


This one’s about how fast your hunger meter climbs. Pump it up, you’re chomping down more often. Drop it, and you can go longer without a snack. Default’s at 1.0, but you can range it from 0.0 to 2.0.


This setting tackles how quickly your thirst gauge shoots up. Pump it, and you’re reaching for that water bottle more often. Drop it down, and you can hold off on hydration longer. Default’s set at 1.0, but you can fiddle with it from 0.0 to 2.0.

Got it, here’s the rundown:


This controls how quickly fatigue sets in. A higher number means players get tired faster. Ranges from 0.0 to 2.0, default’s at 1.0.


Determines how fast the need to use the toilet builds up. Higher numbers mean more bathroom breaks. Goes from 0.0 to 2.0, with 1.0 as default.


Adjusts how fast players gain XP. Above 1 speeds up XP gain, below 1 slows it down. Set to 0, and no leveling up happens. The range is from 0.0 to 3.0, with 1.0 as default.


Multiplies how many of an item you can stack in one slot. Range is from 1.0 to 30, with 1.0 as default.


Affects how heavy items are in your inventory. Higher numbers mean heavier items. Range is from 0.0 to 5.0, default’s at 1.0.


Multiplies item durability. Higher numbers mean longer-lasting gear. Range is from 0.1 to 10.0, with 1.0 as default.


Decides how much durability you lose when respawning. Goes from 0.0 to 1.0, with 0.1 as default.


Toggles player death notifications. Default’s set to true.


Decides if players can share item recipes. Default’s true.


Controls the use of pagers for player location. Default’s true.


Toggles the ability to customize armor appearance. Default’s true.


Determines if the research minigame for unlocking recipes is disabled. Default’s false.


This one’s about what happens when you kick the bucket. Default’s at 1, but you can tweak it for different penalties upon respawn.

  • 0 – Keep All Items
  • 1 – Keep Equipped Items & Hotbar
  • 2 – Keep Hotbar Only
  • 3 – Keep Equipped Items Only
  • 4 – Lose All Items Including Hotbar
  • 5 – All Items Are Destroyed


This setting decides whether everyone’s got access to the same recipe list or if they unlock recipes on their own. Default’s set to false, but you can flip it to true for a shared recipe experience.


This setting determines the weapon players get when they first jump into the game world. It’s extra to whatever gear they get from their chosen job. Default Value: 0.

  • 0 – None
  • 1 – Shiv
  • 2 – Desk Leg
  • 3 – Kitchen Knife
  • 4 – Starter Baton
  • 5 – Pipe Club
  • 6 – Random

Bonus Tech Tips

Black Screen at Startup Fix

Best I can think of, would be going into the Steam advanced launch options for the game, and typing in:

-autoconfig -graphics-low -high -useallavailablecores -fps 30

And setting the game to run in DirectX 11 mode.

Beyond that, the only other thing that comes to mind, would be going to the install location of the game, right-clicking on the exe, going to its properties, then to compatibility options, and select (run game as administrator) and (run in compatibility mode for Windows 7). Apply those changes, then go back into Steam, verify the games files (to ensure it’s still functional), after that’s done, go to your desktop, right-click, and select (refresh) to get things ready, then go back into steam, and try to launch the game.

How to Reset My Character

If you want to reset a character, you need to do a few things.

  • Find the Player ID number (it is a very long string of numbers). This can be found in the Admin menu while the player is logged in.
  • You need to access the Save Folder. This can be done in-game at the game loading menu by clicking Open Save Folder.
  • Go to the Players folder, and delete (preferably just move and back up the file just in case) and that should remove the character from your game.

Now they can rejoin and create a new character.

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I turned my love for games from a hobby into a job back in 2005, since then working on various gaming / entertainment websites. But in 2016 I finally created my first website about video games – Gameplay Tips. And exactly 4 years later, Game Cheat Codes was created – my second website dedicated to legal game cheats. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices.

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