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Revision as of 22:11, 4 March 2019

Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil cover
Ubisoft Montpellier
Ubisoft Milan
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003
Beyond Good & Evil guide on StrategyWiki
Beyond Good & Evil on Wikipedia
Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil 2003
Beyond Good & Evil 2 TBA

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft forums
The IRIS Network - A wiki for the game
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Version differences

Some retail versions use Tages DRM, which isn't completely compatible with modern OSs and systems.
The GOG.com version has been modified to work with modern systems through the inclusion of a multi-thread wrapper.

Essential improvements


Patch v1.01 updates the game to the latest version.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Beyond Good & Evil\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15130/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\slot*.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15130/pfx/[Note 1]
sally.idx contains an index of save game names which will not be shown if it is missing (saves can still be loaded).[1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings

External general video settings.
External general video settings.
External advanced video settings.
External advanced video settings.
Options can only be changed in the launcher

Template:Video settings

Forcing anti-aliasing through your graphics card control panel will result (at some point during gameplay) in black screens, or corrupted graphics.[2]

Widescreen resolution

Widescreen fix (Hor+)[3]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract bge.7z files to the installation folder (password: bge).
  3. Edit bge.ini to set the resolution, pillarbox, and FOV.


Supported exe size: 7,778,304 bytes (GOG.com/Buka version), 7,819,264 bytes, 7,489,200 bytes (Uplay version).
Does not work with Steam version.
Widescreen fix for Steam version[4]
  1. Download the D3D injector.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.
  3. Open d3d9.ini and set your resolution, then save your changes and start the game.


If the game shows an error message go into the Redist folder and run DXSETUP.exe.
If the game fails to launch with this fix, run CheckApplication.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.
Because the game is internally rendered in a 16:9.4 aspect ratio instead of 16:9, you will see some very small borders on both sides of the game when playing in 16:9.


Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.

Input settings

External key map settings.
External key map settings.

Template:Input settings

Audio settings

External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Template:Audio settings


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Polish retail version only. Additional patch from publisher fixes a bug in the localization that makes the game unable to progress normally.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision

Issues fixed

Can't Alt+Tab with the GOG.com version

Alt+Tab support is disabled by default.[5]
MSI Afterburner's screen capture also does not work by default.
Disable compatibility fixes[6]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Rename BGE.exe to something else.
  3. Create new shortcut to that .exe or run it directly.


If you're already using external software to limit the frame rate or change other settings, don't forget to add the renamed executable to that software's profile as well.

Closing game/Alt+Tab/Ctrl+Alt+Del results in black screen

Force game to run in borderless windowed fullscreen mode[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Low frame rate

Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".
  4. Tick all the boxes except "Autogen mipmap".

Texture flickering

The optimal settings for maximum modern system compatibility with the game (Method 1).
The optimal settings for maximum modern system compatibility with the game (Method 1).
Method #1: Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".
  4. Untick "HW Vertex Processing", "Multi vertex stream", and "Autogen mipmap".


For most people simply disabling HW Vertex Processing works flawlessly, however this usually slows down the game badly even on high-end machines, which is why some prefer the second method.
Method #2: Disable anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Set "Antialiasing" to Off.
  4. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".


If this doesn't work completely (some flickering still remains), the anti-aliasing can be forced (see Anti-aliasing (AA)).
Method #3: Enable compatibility mode[citation needed]


If you are using a Steam Controller, do not select Windows XP SP3 or older, as this prevents the Steam Overlay from hooking into the game and mapping the controller correctly.
With this setting, you can also re-enable anti-aliasing.
Method #4: set Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames[citation needed]
  • If you have an Nvidia card, go to Nvidia Control Panel and change "Maximum pre­rendered frames" to 1 for BGE.exe. This should remove flickering without performance penalties.


"Manual compatibility settings" of the game should be left default.

Audio desynchronized in cutscenes

If there are problems with the sound not syncing up with the picture.
Enable 60 FPS cap[citation needed]
Choose sound card[7]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Sound settings" tab.
  3. Choose your sound card.

Game engine runs too fast

Enable 60 FPS cap[citation needed]

Can't change resolution or refresh rate

Enable compatibility mode[8]

Central Hall glitches and crashing / Triangle key doesn't drop after defeating bots

This tool can patch save games to work around a number of common glitches encountered in the PC version, including glitches in the 'Central Hall' area, and the triangle key not falling from the vent after defeating the bots.
Use BGAE Fix[citation needed]

Can't enable EAX reverb

Install Creative ALchemy for the game[9]
  1. Download & install ALchemy.
  2. Launch ALchemy
  3. Add a new Profile, name it Beyond Good And Evil
  4. Select "Use Game Path"
  5. Navigate to Beyond Good And Evil's install directory (For example C:\GOG Games\Beyond Good and Evil)
  6. Click "OK"
  7. Click The newly created profile and then click ">>" to enable it.
  8. Close ALchemy & re-open the SettingsApplication.exe for Beyond Good and Evil
  9. Go to the Sound tab, enable EAX Reverb.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) 700 MHz Pentium III, Celeron, or AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (98 SE)
128 MB (ME, 2000, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce1 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/15130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).