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Unity 2020.3.5[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows December 14, 2018[2]
macOS (OS X) December 14, 2018
Linux December 14, 2018
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Racing, Shooter
Vehicles Hovercraft, Track racing
Art styles Stylized
Themes Cyberpunk, Sci-fi
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BallisticNG is a stylized sci-fi racing game developed by Neognosis. The game was developed using the Unity engine.

The game initially developed as an unofficial HD fan remake of Psygnosis' WipEout series,[3] but some of the team members of the project branched off during its development and redesigning the game's graphics in the style of WipEout 3. The team that branched off the SlipstreamGX project before its development went on hiatus would go onto form their own development team as Neognosis and would go on to develop BallisticNG.[4] Rather than base the game around the WipEout series' later installments, BallisticNG was developed as an anti-gravity modding sandbox that pays homage to the series' earlier installments from the PlayStation era in terms of gameplay and art style. It was formally released as a free-to-play game through Steam after passing Steam Greenlight with monetized support through the developer's Patreon prior to its closure. It was released as an Early Access game on May 30, 2016, however, since September 21, 2017, the game has transitioned into being a commercial game on Steam and the developer's closed their Patreon, while previous donors would receive a Steam key and a special set of liveries for the game as gratitude for supporting the developers.[5] The game left Early Access since December 14, 2018, and has since continued to receive content updates and downloadable content. The game was updated from Unity 2018 to Unity 2020.3 on Novemeber 30, 2022, along with content updates and a price increase to reflect on the changes introduced in v1.3.

The game includes modding tools for creating and adding user-made tracks and ships, as well as allowing users to import their own music tracks and sound effects (see here for details). Mods for the game can be found through the game's Steam Workshop and the official Discord server. A roadmap of the game's upcoming features and content can be found on the developer's Trello.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Official wiki (Gamepedia)
Official Discord Server


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running, but Steamworks features will be disabled.[5]
macOS (OS X)
Game's soundtrack can be streamed here, v1.0 songs here, Neon Nights Expansion songs here, Outer Reaches Expansion songs here, and Legacy v1.1.6 songs here.
Any additional music tracks introduced via patch updates are added to the game and Soundtrack DLC free of charge.[6]


Type Notes
DLC Some downloadable content are free while others are commercial.
Free-to-play Formally free-to-play prior to September 21, 2017, when it transitioned to a commercial game.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Neon Nights Adds 5 new tracks, a new campaign with 48 events, and extra sets of liveries. Requires v1.1 or later.
macOS (OS X)
Outer Reaches Adds 6 new tracks, a new campaign, and an extra set of new liveries. Requires v1.1.6 or later.
macOS (OS X)
Maceno Island Adds 6 new tracks, a new campaign, and an extra set of new liveries.
macOS (OS X)
Donation Liveries Adds a set of Golden liveries, which also changes the color of the player's name in menus. Exclusive to donors of the developer's Patreon prior to the game transitioning to a commercial release through Steam.[5]
macOS (OS X)
Bling Pack Adds a set of Golden, Platinum, Iridescent, and Psychedelic liveries. Patreon donors whom previously received the Donation Liveries set are granted this DLC free of charge.[7] Available here.
macOS (OS X)

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\User\Configs\Controller\[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\User\Configs\ini\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\User\Save\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
The Campaign sub-folder stores the vanilla campaign progress, the Ghosts sub-folder stores time trial ghosts, the Precision sub-folder stores Precision Run records, the Stats sub-folder stores achievements and gameplay records, and the Times sub-folder stores time records for various modes.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 953.67 MB of game save online (maximum of 1,000 save files). Sync between Windows and Linux works (MacOS: untested).[8]


Display settings.
Display settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Splitscreen supports use of two monitors, one for each player.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Between 70-100° vertically; field of view for 2159 (default) and 2280 game modes are independently adjustable.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, can be toggled on or off.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate Limiter can be toggled on or off, and is adjustable from 30 Hz to 300 Hz.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unity page for more details.


Control settings.
Control settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for Master, SFX, Music, Voices volume. Some announcer voices can be either be toggled on or off or replaced by a sound effect.
Surround sound
No speech outside of the announcer.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Adding custom music tracks and sounds

  1. Go to the configuration file location and open the following folders:
  2. Add any folders containing the desired music tracks and soundpacks to their respective locations above.
  3. Launch the game, go into Config → Audio and then go into the Mods section. From there, set Custom Music and/or Custom Sounds to On (Mix allows both default and custom music), then change Current Playlist (music) and/or Current Soundpack (sounds) to your desired music playlist(s) or soundpack settings, and finally click Save to save the settings.


WAV, MP3, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis audio files are supported.
Windows shortcuts cannot be used; you must place true copies of the music and sound files into their respective folders.
It is recommended that each custom soundtrack and soundpacks should be placed in a sub-folder with a descriptive name to allow them to be selected in the Mods section of the Audio settings.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Splitscreen, dual monitor output supported.
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 25565
UDP 25565
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support

VR settings.
VR settings.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 11 Direct3D 9 only supported on v1.0 and below; the game will only use Direct3D 9 if Direct3D 11 is not supported on the GPU.
OpenGL 3.2, 4.5
Shader Model support 3.0, 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Since v1.0 the game is only available for 64-bit systems. v0.9.4 was the last version available for 32-bit systems and is not available on Steam after v1.0 has released. v0.9.4 could be backed up manually to preserve the 32-bit copy of the game.[10]
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

Playing Steam Workshop content without Steam running

BallisticNG uses Steamworks to load custom user-created content into the game, however, they can also be installed locally within the game's respective mod folders.
  1. Open a File Explorer window of <path-to-game>\User\Mods and <Steam-folder>\steamapps\workshop\content\473770.
  2. Browse the game's Steam Workshop to subscribe and download the desired Workshop items via Steam. Take note of the item's ID number shown on the URL address bar.
  3. Browse <Steam-folder>\steamapps\workshop\content\473770\<content-id-folder>\ for the installed Workshop item's contents, copy the file in the item's folder, and then paste them into the following folders based on these file extensions:
  4. Launch the game and it will import the Workshop items into game where they can be played within the game outside of the vanilla campaign.


It is recommended to install the Workshop items in a sub-folder with a descriptive name, otherwise they will be sorted and stored in the Uncategorized folder when importing files.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.2+ compatible
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating and system processor is required.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.14
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.2+ compatible
A 64-bit operating and system processor is required.
Operating system (OS) 64-bit distro
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.2+ compatible
A 64-bit operating and system processor is required.


  1. Unity engine build: 2020.3[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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).


  1. BallisticNG 1.3 Released! - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2022-11-30
    "BallisticNG is now running on Unity 2020.3."
  2. BallisticNG is now released! - Steam Community Annoucements - last accessed on 2020-10-29
  3. Ballistic NG Alpha 0.02 - A WipEout Remake - YouTube - last accessed on 2020-10-29
  4. The Other Wipeout Fangame: Slipstream GX - Steam Community Discussions, a reply from the developer - last accessed on 2020-10-29
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 BallisticNG 0.9 is now out and the game will soon be transitioning to paid, read for details - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2020-08-24
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-07-26
    Previously owned the game since v1.1.5 and found the newer Outer Reaches music in the game after the v1.2 update.
  7. BallisticNG 1.2.2, Utah Dam and Bling Pack are now available! - last accessed on 2020-10-13
    "If you were previously a donator in the game's Patreon days and already have the gold liveries then these new liveries are available to you at no cost!"
  8. Verified by User:Kaede on 2020-06-02
  9. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-07-25
    Tested on v1.2 with alternate soundtrack files for in-game music.
  10. 1 week to go! - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2020-08-24
  11. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-07-11
    Tested on v1.1.5 by installing some Steam Workshop files and importing them to their respective mod folders. The Workshop items installed in this fashion also appear to work if the game's installation folder is stored in another location (e.g. Documents folder).