Difference between revisions of "Emperor: Battle for Dune"

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===Patches===
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===Install Fix + Patches===
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{{ii}} [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches Install Fix] Fixes Installation and Game Startup. Required on Windows 10+
 
{{ii}} [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches Patch 1.09] updates the game to the latest version.
 
{{ii}} [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches Patch 1.09] updates the game to the latest version.
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===Official Install Fix procedure for Windows 10===
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# Copy ONLY the setup up folder of disc 1 to the hard drive.
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# Replace the setup executable INSIDE the setup folder with the one from the official [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches install fix].
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# Install the game.
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# Extract the file <code>EMPEROR.EXE</code> from the install fix archive and copy it to <code>{{p|game}}</code>, overwriting the old file.
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# The Official Win 10 Install Fix is now Complete
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# Install [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches Patch 1.09].
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===Skip intro videos===
 
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===Lag fix in Windows 8/10===
 
===Lag fix in Windows 8/10===
 
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===Playing without the CD===
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===Playing with NOCD & Restoring Cutscenes===
# Copy the contents of disc 1 to the hard drive.
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# Replace the setup executable with the one from the official [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches install fix].
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# Install the game.
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# THERE IS NO '''OFFICIAL''' WAY TO PLAY WITHOUT A CD.
# Install [http://dune2k.com/Duniverse/Games/Emperor/Downloads/Patches Patch 1.09].
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# Extract the file <code>EMPEROR.EXE</code> from the install fix archive and copy it to <code>{{p|game}}</code>, overwriting the old file.
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# The following steps only work to restore cutscenes when using the ''''UNOFFICIAL''' GAME.exe patch
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# DO NOT GET THIS CONFUSED WITH THE PATCHED EMPEROR.EXE. Sadly people incorrectly mix the official EMPEROR.exe patch for Windows 10 up with the unofficial GAME.EXE patch that lets you start at the campaign without the CD. You need both to play without CD's This fact was omitted in the original version of this article.
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# Applying this patch breaks cutscenes(because they are on the CDs) You will have to follow the remaining steps below to restore cutscenes.
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comment= The previous version of this section was factually incorrect and responsible for hundreds of misguided forum queries I've had to correct in community circles for over the past decade. Had I know this was where the source of bad information was coming from I would have acted sooner. The original guide failed to include several steps or mention that it requires an unofficial modified GAME.EXE I can only assume the author pirated a copy of the game that came with the crack already and was unaware of the fact and that is why their guide was incomplete. I've already had to correct this article once and someone came back around and reversed the corrections. Please if you value correct information leave my changes applied. If you take issue with my references to unofficial sources remove this section entirely as the NOCD section was giving the wrong impression that NOCD works with official sources. IT DOES NOT  }}
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# Copy the contents of the game disks 2, 3, and 4 into separate folders in the games directory, e.g. CD2, CD3, and CD4.
 
# Copy the contents of the game disks 2, 3, and 4 into separate folders in the games directory, e.g. CD2, CD3, and CD4.
 
# Edit the file <code>{{p|game}}\resource.cfg</code>. Look for the following section, where the letter <code>X:\</code> represents the drive you installed the game from:
 
# Edit the file <code>{{p|game}}\resource.cfg</code>. Look for the following section, where the letter <code>X:\</code> represents the drive you installed the game from:
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9. Save the file and run the game.
 
9. Save the file and run the game.
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Revision as of 08:16, 16 October 2021

Emperor: Battle for Dune
Emperor: Battle for Dune cover
Developers
Westwood Studios
Intelligent Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2001
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Dune
Emperor: Battle for Dune on MobyGames
Emperor: Battle for Dune on Wikipedia
Dune
Dune 1992
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty 1992
Dune 2000 1998
Emperor: Battle for Dune 2001
Frank Herbert's Dune 2001
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010

General information

Dune2K.com - A major Dune fansite with an active community

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
CD key
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM - removed with the official install fix; see Playing without the CD
Windows
Essential improvements

Install Fix + Patches

Install Fix Fixes Installation and Game Startup. Required on Windows 10+
Patch 1.09 updates the game to the latest version.


Official Install Fix procedure for Windows 10

  1. Copy ONLY the setup up folder of disc 1 to the hard drive.
  2. Replace the setup executable INSIDE the setup folder with the one from the official install fix.
  3. Install the game.
  4. Extract the file EMPEROR.EXE from the install fix archive and copy it to <path-to-game>, overwriting the old file.
  5. The Official Win 10 Install Fix is now Complete
  6. Install Patch 1.09.


Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]

Delete or rename the file <path-to-game>\DATA\MOVIES\LEGALS.BIK

Lag fix in Windows 8/10

Follow the procedure[citation needed]

The game lags terribly in modern operating systems, such as Windows 8 and 10. In order to fix this, you have to use "dgVoodoo 2" by Dege. Follow the instructions in this video (Dark Ruler fix). The game will now run at 60 FPS in Windows 8 and 10. (Note: the program may be detected as malware; the developer of the program (Dege) asserts that it's merely a false positive).

  1. Download dgVoodoo2 and unpack it.
  2. Locate the file "dgVoodooSetup.exe" inside the MS folder.
  3. Copy and paste the files in the base game directory. By default it's "C:/Westwood/Emperor".
  4. Run "dgVoodooSetup.exe" in the game base folder.
  5. An application will open: select your appropriate graphics card from the drop down menu in "Adapters to use/enable"; in "Apperance," choose "Centered". Now click on the "DirectX" tab above. New options will appear: input "512 MB" in the "VRAM" menu. Deselect "dgVoodoo watermark". Click on the "apply" button, then press "OK."
  6. Run the game. Notice the main menu will still lag, but the game itself will run fine.


Playing with NOCD & Restoring Cutscenes

  1. THERE IS NO OFFICIAL WAY TO PLAY WITHOUT A CD.
  1. The following steps only work to restore cutscenes when using the 'UNOFFICIAL GAME.exe patch
  1. DO NOT GET THIS CONFUSED WITH THE PATCHED EMPEROR.EXE. Sadly people incorrectly mix the official EMPEROR.exe patch for Windows 10 up with the unofficial GAME.EXE patch that lets you start at the campaign without the CD. You need both to play without CD's This fact was omitted in the original version of this article.
  1. Applying this patch breaks cutscenes(because they are on the CDs) You will have to follow the remaining steps below to restore cutscenes.


Follow the procedure carefully


  1. Copy the contents of the game disks 2, 3, and 4 into separate folders in the games directory, e.g. CD2, CD3, and CD4.
  2. Edit the file <path-to-game>\resource.cfg. Look for the following section, where the letter X:\ represents the drive you installed the game from:
CD1
.\data\

CD2
X:\

CD3
X:\

CD4
X:\

8. Replace the letter X:\ with the respective folders for each disk, e.g. Make sue you do the same for the Movies files as well.

CD1
.\data\

CD2
.\CD2\

CD3
.\CD3\

CD4
.\CD4\

9. Save the file and run the game.


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Game data

Game options
Game options

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Westwood\Emperor\Options\[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\DATA\saves\[Note 2]

Video

Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Forcing a resolution other than 4:3 results in a cropped screen. See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use dgVoodoo 2
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced in video card's Control Panel or by using dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
UI animations are framerate dependent and seem to be intended for 30 FPS, playing twice as fast as they should at 60 FPS and four times as fast at 120 FPS.

Input

Input settings
Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse controls can't be changed. LMB is for selection/orders, RMB is deselection/viewport panning, LMB+RMB viewport rotation.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
Depends on system to co-operate. Only if touch input doubles as mouse input (tapping = LMB, holding = RMB, etc.). No special touch-screen controls or touch-screen control-overlay
Controller
Controller support

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound and Voice
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Korean
Traditional Chinese

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
4 Versus

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Westwood Online

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more 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).

References