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How to Downgrade Game Version
By l a n g g i
Updates break your game? Make your saves incompatible? Make your controller unrecognized? Render external tools like input mapper or cinematic tools unusable? This guide will show you how to roll back game updates.
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:
2. Go to and search your game
Open your internet browser and go to 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.


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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ИWOЯⱭ Jan 14 @ 5:09pm 
i tried this for csgo, but it just breaks the game. i know its possible to revert it, because kliksphillip does it in his videos
shimanong Jan 13 @ 9:44am 
I just lowered the Assassin's Creed Odyssey from 1.1.2 back to 1.1.1 , thanks a lot.
★彡 Gimmy 彡★ Jan 6 @ 5:29am 
Thanks for help.
Leo Dec 29, 2018 @ 10:55am 
Yeah, I went through the depot folder to check, but wasn't sure if there was an easier way. Thanks again for the guide!
l a n g g i  [author] Dec 21, 2018 @ 10:02pm 
No notification when download is finished but you can check depot folder on steamapps/content if the size matches the steamdb page, then download is finished.

either that or check the network activity on download tab, if it shows any number than 0.0 MB/s then the package still downloading.
Leo Dec 21, 2018 @ 9:35pm 
Worked great, thanks! One quick question; is there any way to determine when the download has finished? I noticed it does not appear under the Downloads section of the Library, and there doesn't seem to be a message in the console stating it finished.
l a n g g i  [author] Dec 8, 2018 @ 11:57am 
Yes, you need to launch via Steam. I dont play Skyrim myself so I'm not sure how to make the Vortex software recognize older version.

you can always tell steam to auto update the game back to latest version in case your mods dont work with older version.
mbibrent Dec 8, 2018 @ 10:34am 
I'm trying this for Skyrim Special Edition.
It now seems that the old version will launch if I start the game through steam, but if I try to launch through my mod software (Vortex) it still loads the newer updated version..

Any ideas how to fix this? My only thought is to tell Vortex to forget SSE and rediscover it from the available game to mod. but I'm betting that would mean I would have to redownload all my mods, but idk...

Any other ideas before I resort to that?
mbibrent Dec 8, 2018 @ 10:10am 
OK, I did the copy/paste and I selected to replace existing files. (I made a backup of both packages first). My next question is, how do I get it to activate/downgrade?
I'm trying this for Skyrim Special Edition, looking for it to be the previous version,
version, but when I load the game it still says i'm on (the new update) instead still, even though I've downloaded and replaced the depot thing. How do I get it to "execute" and revert back? Would I need to launch through Steam first? or only launch through the script extender?
l a n g g i  [author] Dec 8, 2018 @ 5:10am 
Yes just copy - paste to the game folder.

Best to keep the downloaded package so you dont have to redownload in case of auto update.