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How to Downgrade Game Version
By l a n g g i
OUTDATED GUIDE

The method explained in this guide no longer works, refer to the comments section below by StepS for a more updated method.
   
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1. Enable Steam Console
Right click on your Steam desktop shortcut, click properties and add -console after Steam target address.



If done correctly, you should see 'Console' tab after your Steam username on the client.



Alternatively, you can also access Steam console by pressing Win + R or open web browser and then type the command:
steam://open/console
2. Go to steamdb.info and search your game
Open your internet browser and go to https://steamdb.info then type in your game name at search bar on top right.

3. Get Game/App ID Number
After typed in the game's title, you will see list of results. Click the one that match your game. Usually it was categorized as 'game' not 'DLC' or 'video'. For this guide, I used HITMAN 2016 as example, AppID 236870.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO APPID NUMBER. It will be very useful on later steps. Thank you.


4. Check game's ACF file
After finding the game's appID on Steam database, now you need to go to this location in your computer

(Steam install path)/Steam/steamapps
or in case you install game outside Steam directory, the files will be at
(drive letter)/SteamLibrary/steamapps

In this folder you will find a bunch of appmanifest [appID number] files. Now pick the one with your game appID, and open it with any text editor like Notepad.

Inside the files, you will see something like the image below.
The "number" inside brackets are the Depot you need to download from. While the number after "manifest" tells you which Manifest currently installed on your hard drive.


5. Get Depot ID number
After checking game's manifest files on Steam folder, now time to go back to SteamDB website and find the correct Depots number.

Click on the Depot number you want to download.


Each Depots contain package of game files called 'Manifest'. Now the next thing you need to do is to download the correct Manifest you need to downgrade or rollback the game.
6. Get manifest ID number
Click the manifests to see all the game versions with timestamp. Pick the one you want to download. For example, because I wanted to rollback my HITMAN back to version released in March 14, 2017, so I look up for that. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO MANIFESTID NUMBER ON THE RIGHT COLUMN. Better yet, copy it to your clipboard.

7. Download the package
Now that you have AppID, DepotID and ManifestID, go back to Steam console and type down
download_depot <gameID> <depotID> <manifestID>

Example: because I wanna downgrade HITMAN to the version released in March 14, 2017. I would type this on the console:
download_depot 236870 236871 8264336280323447139

See the numbers there 236870 is AppID, 236871 is DepotID and 8264336280323447139 is ManifestID.

8. Mischief managed :^)
If successful, go check your Steam download section to make sure your network is downloading the package. The game name won't be visible, but as long as your network show any activity on the data usage, it's working.



If you successfully downloaded the package, it will be on your [path to Steam folder]/Steam/steamapps/content folder. All you need to do now is replacing the game files with your downloaded package.



DONE. Congratulations, you've committed a black magic and successfully alter the existence of time itself.
9. Prevent Steam from Updating Your Game
After successfully replaced game files with older ones, you might want to prevent Steam from auto updating your game.

1. The 1st solution is to open the same ACF files as in step 4, then check the "State Flag" line below the game title. Change whatever the number currently in there to "4" this means "updated and installed".


DO NOTE: Never edit the ACF file while Steam client running. Exit Steam first, otherwise Steam will revert your change to default.

For in-depth method about skipping updates I suggest checking THIS HELPFUL GUIDE.

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2. The 2nd solution is to boot Steam straight into offline mode without going online first.

Go to "Config" folder in your Steam folder
(Drive letter)/Steam/config

Then open "loginusers.vdf" with notepad or any text editor. Change "WantsOfflineMode" and "SkipOfflineModeWarning" to "1". See the red circles below. You might better change "RememberPassword" with "1" as well.


Then save the file & close text editor. Then right click the file and set it as Read-only.
You might need to restart Steam client once after that.

If you do these steps correctly, the next time you launch Steam you go straight into offline mode and this window will pop at beginning.


Choose Start in Offline Mode, Steam should give you no further warning or asking password again. And they will surely not update your game.

Note for offline mode: You can do this indefinitely, only exception is Denuvo games, they limit you with 2 weeks offline period (after offline for 2 weeks you can't play Denuvo games without going online first).
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159 Comments
Lifell Jan 9 @ 11:44am 
It seems I misunderstood trcndc's post and I was wrong. It's not working as intended. I'm not sure if it depends on the game or if it's a Steam wide change. Anyway, I should pay more attention and sleep more. Thanks for your guide Wooden Spirit, I've favourited it.
Wooden Spirit Jan 7 @ 5:18pm 
Outdated guide. Steam client no longer allows you to download a Manifest you want, it always downloads the latest Manifest. So, I recommend you to use DepotDownloader.

And actually you can just follow the steps I mentioned in my guide: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2353930763
Lifell Jan 5 @ 2:10am 
@trcndc, that's basically the same thing. You download a depot which has all or some of the files of the game. Some games need 2-3 depots, others just 1. For Magicka, I needed 3 depots. One for the content, one for the "bin" (executable stuff) and the last one was for the dependencies which are optional.
trcndc Jan 5 @ 1:28am 
Adding the brackets allowed me download the latest version of the game, not a depot.
Lifell Jan 4 @ 3:59am 
@Dread, glad that it worked! Was really happy when someone mentioned this to me and when I discovered that it does work. Hope you had a merry christmas and a good new year. Hope 2021 will be better.
twi Dec 14, 2020 @ 5:04pm 
Awesome, I managed to get this to work to downgrade Civ6. I just used Lifell's formatting for the console command.
Lifell Dec 7, 2020 @ 2:39pm 
To clarify. I used to download manifests using this method before and it worked wonderfully. Suddenly stopped working and I kinda stopped caring. Then someone notified me about it. If you type "download_depot" in the Steam console the brackets for the manifest ID is also mentioned

download_depot <appid> <depotid> [<target manifestid>] [<delta manifestid>] [<depot flags filter>] : download a single depot

The "download depot" command of my previous comment is for a Magicka 1 build. So if that doesn't work for you then you probably don't own Magicka :P.
Lifell Dec 7, 2020 @ 2:30pm 
This method still works as long as you put the ManifestID in brackets. Example:

download_depot 42910 42912 [4761416886995720705]

Please update the guide.
Scout from Team Fortress 2 Dec 6, 2020 @ 11:53pm 
I can't do this, when i open tf2 (i used the update right before jungle inferno)
"Setup file 'gameinfo.txt' doesn't exist in subdirectory 'tf'. Check your -game parameter or VCONFIG Setting."
Nova Nov 30, 2020 @ 1:25am 
bisakah untuk mengubah game definitif ke original ?
like "sleeping dog definitive"? ^-^