MechCommander 2

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MechCommander 2
MechCommander 2 cover
FASA Interactive
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows July 17, 2001
MechCommander 2 on MobyGames
MechCommander 2 on Wikipedia
Subseries of BattleTech
MechCommander 1998
MechCommander 2 2001

Key points

Re-released as a free download as part of the Shared Source Release.
Includes a game editor.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Official website
Shared Source Release
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Shared Source Release

The Microsoft MechCommander 2 Shared Source Release includes the full game in its FinalBuild folder. The game is Mc2Rel.exe and the editor is EditRel.exe.


This version of the game will be missing cinematics such as intro and ending videos and video mission briefings.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\options.cfg[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\savegame[Note 2]

Video settings

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 and 5:4 resolutions only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.

Input settings

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

Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Radio Chatter, Computer Message.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 integration has been shut down.

Issues fixed

Missing mouse cursor

Disable Hardware Mouse Update under Graphics. The cursor will then become visible again.

Mouse cursor trails in Encyclopedia

Launch the Encyclopedia from within the game instead of directly; the mouse cursor will then display normally.

Very poor performance, blocky textures, grey colors / distortion, poor particle effects

Delete any copies of the files vidcard.csv and badcard.csv in your MC2 folder.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA 2D video card
8 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).