Battle Realms

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Battle Realms
Battle Realms cover
Developers
Liquid Entertainment
Crave Entertainment
Publishers
Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2001
Reception
Metacritic 82
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Fantasy
Battle Realms on HowLongToBeat
Battle Realms on IGDB
Battle Realms on MobyGames
Battle Realms on Wikipedia

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

One or more fixes presented here could break Battle Realms: Zen Edition (Steam version). Please, refer to the official troubleshooting guides presented in the Steam hub for the game.
Small online community on Discord and GameRanger.

General information

Battle Realms Wiki
Battle Realms Community Discord
Battle Realms Revival Project
The oldest forums dedicated to Battle Realms
Battle Realms Reddit
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes 'Winter of the Wolf' expansion.
Windows
Steam
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Zen Edition
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

The Steam version (Zen Edition) is the only one still being officially updated with new features and balance changes. It will be removing LAN and Direct IP support in the next update (currently in beta).[3]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Winter of the Wolf Included in GOG.com and Steam releases.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest version of the original game is also the expansion - Winter Of The Wolf (1.50q). The latest non-expansion version, for some reason, is also 1.50q.
Patches for the non-expansion game are available.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

The only working parameters are Width and Height.
System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Battle_Realms.ini[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1025600/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved Games[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1025600/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Game settings
Game settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native to the Zen Edition. For other versions, see Windowed.
Multi-monitor
See Windowed.
Ultra-widescreen
See Windowed.
4K Ultra HD
See Windowed.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See 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
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Windowed[edit]

Use the Resolution & FoV Patch
Not to be used for Zen Edition (Steam version).
Allows playing online.
Supports all resolutions & allows customizing FoV.
Allows windowed/borderless mode.
Fixes most of the videocard-related issues.
  1. Download the latest version
  2. Follow the instructions.
  3. Use the resolution native to your monitor.
Use DxWnd[citation needed]
  1. Download DxWnd.
  2. Extract it and launch it.
  3. Click Edit from a bar and choose Add.
  4. Type in a name for the game.
  5. Click ... right of the Path input box.
  6. Go to the installation folder and choose Battle_Realms_F.exe.
  7. Check fields:
    • Hook Enabled
    • Run in Window
    • Hook all DLLs
    • Remap Client Rect
  8. Leave other fields unchecked.
  9. In position panel, type in the game's resolution (e.g. W 1024 H 768).
  10. Go to Video tab and check check Hide multi-monitor config (leave the rest of fields unchecked).
  11. Go to Input tab.
    • In Cursor visibility panel choose Hide.
    • In Cursor handling panel choose Correct mouse position and Force cursor clipping.
  12. Click OK, minimize DXWnd and run the game.

Input[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Available via the in-game custom profile menu (not settings).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Scroll speed is responsible for the screen navigation sensivity.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects, Music, Dialogue
Surround sound
Subtitles
Only in cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Winter of the Wolf does not have localized audio. Retail and GOG.com only.
German
Winter of the Wolf does not have localized audio. Retail and GOG.com only.
Spanish
Winter of the Wolf is not localized. Retail only.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Not available in the Steam version beta.[3]
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Not available in the Steam version beta.[3]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7174,7175,7177
UDP 7174,7175,7177
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

The game gets stuck at 75% loading (Multiplayer)[edit]

Change the .exe properties
Doesn't work for everyone.
  1. Go to the .exe properties
  2. Set compatibility to WinXP SP3
  3. Select 8bit color mode
  4. Run the game as Administrator

Could not find supported display mode / Could not rasterize API[edit]

Use the Resolution & FoV Patch
Use dgVoodoo2[5]
Allows capturing Battle Realms with OBS.
Eliminates most of the issues.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo2.
  2. Copy the files in the MS folder and place them in <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe
  4. Under Config folder/Running instance, click Add
  5. From the window which appears, navigate to <path-to-game> and click Select Folder.
  6. Select the folder you just added from the dropdown list under Config folder/Running instance.
  7. Under Full Screen Output, choose which monitor you want the game to be displayed on from the dropdown list. For example, if you want your primary monitor, choose \\.\DISPLAY1; if you want your tertiary monitor, choose \\.\DISPLAY3.
  8. Click the Apply button, then click OK.
  9. If it does not work move all DLLs from the dgVoodoo[Version]\MS\[x86 or x64]\ path to the main directory of the game
Run the game in windowed mode[citation needed]
Disable other monitors[citation needed]
The original game has known problems when multiple monitors are in use.
  1. When on desktop, press Win+P.
  2. Choose single monitor.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks The Zen Edition uses Steamworks.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible

Notes

  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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1025600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1025600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Battle Realms: Zen Edition - Open Beta 1.57.9 - More Screen Resolutions & Open Beta Testing! - Steam News - last accessed on 25 August 2021
    "LAN and Direct IP Multiplayer modes have been removed. Now, by clicking 'Multiplayer', the player will be taken directly to the Steam Lobbies."
  4. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  5. Verified by User:Expack3 on 11 June 2015