BallisticNG

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BallisticNG
BallisticNG cover
Developers
Neognosis
Engines
Unity 2018[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows December 14, 2018
macOS (OS X) December 14, 2018
Linux December 14, 2018
Taxonomy
Monetization 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

Key points

Includes modding tools for creating and adding user-made tracks and ships.
Features the ability to import your own music and sound effects. See Adding custom music tracks and sounds for details.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Official wiki (Gamepedia)
Official wikia (Fandom, outdated)
Official Discord Server

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be played without Steam running, but Steamworks features will be disabled.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
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.[3]

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. Available for free here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Outer Reaches Adds 6 new tracks, a new campaign, and an extra set of new liveries. Requires v1.1.6 or later. Available here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Soundtrack The game's original soundtrack featuring 67 tracks in MP3 format across 4 discs. Legacy tracks (pre-v1.1.6) are also included. Available here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
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 becoming commercially sold through Steam.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Bling Pack Adds a set of Golden, Platinum, Iridescent, and Psychedelic liveries. Patreon donors that previously received the Donation Liveries set are granted this DLC free of charge.[4] Available here.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\User\Save\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
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[edit]

System Native Notes
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).[5]

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Splitscreen supports use of two monitors, one for each player.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Between 70-100° horizontally; field of view for 2159 (default) and 2280 game modes are independently adjustable.
Windowed
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)

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, SFX, Music, Voices.
Surround sound
Subtitles
No speech outside of the announcer.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Adding custom music tracks and sounds[edit]

Instructions[7]
  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.

Notes

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.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Splitscreen, dual monitor output supported.
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Connection types

Ports

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[edit]

VR settings.
VR settings.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
Play area Native Notes
Seated
Standing
Room-scale

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 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
Windows
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.[8]
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

Playing Steam Workshop content without Steam running[edit]

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.
Instructions[9]
  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 your 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 their file extension:
  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.

Notes

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[edit]

Windows
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)
Minimum
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.
Linux
Minimum
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.

Notes

  1. Unity engine build: 2018.3.8f1[1]
  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).

References

  1. BallisticNG 1.1 / Neon Nights is now available! - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2019-07-27
    "Updated to Unity 2018.3.8f1."
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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!"
  5. Verified by User:Kaede on 2020-06-02
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-07-25
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-07-25
    Tested on v1.2 with alternate soundtrack files for in-game music.
  8. 1 week to go! - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2020-08-24
  9. 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).