Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom cover
Developers
Impressions Games
BreakAway Games
Publishers
Retail Sierra Entertainment
Digital Activision
Release dates
Windows September 9, 2002
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres Building
Themes China, Medieval
Series City Building (Sierra)
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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom on Wikipedia
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General information

Emperor Heaven fan site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

  • The 1.0.1.0 patch is the latest official update for the game (already included in the GOG.com release).

Skip intro videos

Skip all intro videos[1]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Emperor.ini.
  2. Change the line PlayIntroMovie=yes to PlayIntroMovie=no then save the changes.

Notes

Some have reported that this tweak also fixed random sound glitches for them.[citation needed]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF community files.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
20 FPS cap. Mouse not clamped to engine framerate.

Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses during Alt+Tab .

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Polish
Localized by CD Projekt. Local retail version only.
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Players play separate cities connected by a world map menu.
Online play
8 Versus
Players play separate cities connected by a world map menu.

Connection types

Other information

API

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0i[2]
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 16-bit 4 MB SVGA

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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

  1. Useful Emperor ROTMK links - last accessed on February 08, 2018
  2. Verified by User:Nessy on 2021-05-29
    Version number found in Mss32.dll in the game installation folder.