Battlezone II: Combat Commander

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This page is for the original release. For the remake, see Battlezone: Combat Commander.

Battlezone II: Combat Commander
Battlezone II: Combat Commander cover
Pandemic Studios
Release dates
Windows December 28, 1999[1]
Battlezone II: Combat Commander guide on StrategyWiki
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Battlezone II: Combat Commander on Wikipedia


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

Two original developers released further patches to bring fixes and newer OS compatibility
Newer patches moved multiplayer from the outdated GameSpy to RakNet
Quite mod-friendly

General information

Battlezone forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)

Essential improvements[edit]


An unofficial 1.3 patch was on offer at this link in 2006 by two of the game's designers, but the download links were pulled in March 2018. A mirror of the last version of the 1.3 patch, a beta release of version, is available here.
Patch v1.2 was the last official patch the game got, released in August 2000 (available here). However, Activision did not officially support this patch - only the 1.1 patch, released February 2000.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Battlezone II\

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.


Default windowed resolution is 640x480, but it can be edited in a config file.
Edit render.cfg to change a windowed resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit render.cfg.
  3. Change WindowedWidth = and WindowedHeight = to the resolution you want.
  4. Press Alt+ Enter in-game to switch to windowed mode.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0,[2] DirectSound3D with EAX 1[3]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer doesn't work[edit]

Skip the installer launcher[5]

Original launcher for the installer is written in 16bits, which means it's impossible to use it on 64-bit operating systems.

  1. Go to My Computer.
  2. Right click on your DVD drive and choose Open.
  3. Go into the Setup folder and launch Setup.exe.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Rage 128
Riva TNT


  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).