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This page is for the original version. For the 2014 port, see Z: Steel Soldiers (2014).

Z: Steel Soldiers
Z: Steel Soldiers cover
The Bitmap Brothers
Eon Digital Entertainment
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows June 2001
Metacritic 70
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Z
Z: Steel Soldiers on HowLongToBeat
Z: Steel Soldiers on IGDB
Z: Steel Soldiers on MobyGames
Z: Steel Soldiers on Wikipedia
Z 1996
Z: Steel Soldiers 2001
Z (2012) 2012
Z: Steel Soldiers (2014) 2014


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Z: Steel Soldiers is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Z series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2.30.031 DRM[Note 1]
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements


  • The latest official patch 4 BETA 2 / version 1.41b is available at

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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


Video Settings.
Video Settings.


Input Settings.
Input Settings.

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


Audio Settings.
Audio Settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 650 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 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).