Beyond Good & Evil

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Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil cover
Ubisoft Montpellier
Windows Ubisoft Milan
Poland Cenega
Russia Buka Entertainment
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003
Beyond Good & Evil guide on StrategyWiki
Beyond Good & Evil on MobyGames
Beyond Good & Evil on Wikipedia
Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil 2003
Beyond Good & Evil 2 TBA

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft forums
The IRIS Network - A wiki for the game Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Uses TAGES DRM. Doesn't have controller support.
Epic Games Store
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Doesn't have controller support.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Included with Uplay+.

Version differences[edit]

Some retail versions use Tages DRM, which isn't completely compatible with modern OSs and systems.
The version has been modified to work with modern systems through the inclusion of a multi-thread wrapper.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch v1.01 updates the retail version of the game. Digital versions already include the patch.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Beyond Good & Evil\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15130/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\slot*.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15130/pfx/[Note 1]
sally.idx contains an index of save game names which will not be shown if it is missing (saves can still be loaded).[1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video settings[edit]

External general video settings.
External general video settings.
External advanced video settings.
External advanced video settings.
Options can only be changed in the launcher

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Unknown type. Forcing externally may or may not work.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game runs too fast. Game must be capped at 60FPS. See Frame rate capping.Set monitor on 60hz to fix
Forcing anti-aliasing through your graphics card control panel will result (at some point during gameplay) in black screens, or corrupted graphics.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix (Hor+)[3]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract bge.7z files to the installation folder (password: bge).
  3. Edit bge.ini to set the resolution, pillarbox, and FOV.


Supported exe size: 7,778,304 bytes ( version), 7,819,264 bytes, 7,489,200 bytes (Uplay version).
Does not work with Steam version.
Widescreen fix for Steam and new Uplay versions[4]
  1. Download the D3D injector.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.
  3. Open d3d9.ini and set your resolution, change bUseOverride to true, then save your changes and start the game.


If the game shows an error message go into the Redist folder and run DXSETUP.exe.
If the game fails to launch with this fix, run CheckApplication.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.
Because the game is internally rendered in a 16:9.4 aspect ratio instead of 16:9, you will see some very small borders on both sides of the game when playing in 16:9.


Force windowed mode
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Repeat the steps above for the SettingsApplication.exe executable.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.
  7. Run SettingsApplication.exe to set the rendering resolution for the game.

Input settings[edit]

External key map settings.
External key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Only mouse buttons.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Y and X axis cannot be toggled individually.[5]
Controller support
Not supported on retail and GOG versions.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Is mapped to mouse sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Displays generic button prompts based on the Xbox controller's letters, but doesn't actually display Xbox-themed button prompts.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[6] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Traditional Chinese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Steam/uPlay release only.
Steam/uPlay release only.
Polish retail version only. Additional patch from publisher fixes a bug in the localization that makes the game unable to progress normally.
Brazilian Portuguese
Steam/uPlay release only.
Local retail release only. Steam/uPlay contain Russian text, but no audio.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't Alt+Tab with the version[edit]

Alt+Tab support is disabled by default.[7]
MSI Afterburner's screen capture also does not work by default.
Disable compatibility fixes[8]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Rename BGE.exe to something else.
  3. Create new shortcut to that .exe or run it directly.


If you're already using external software to limit the frame rate or change other settings, don't forget to add the renamed executable to that software's profile as well.

Closing game/Alt+Tab/Ctrl+Alt+Del results in black screen[edit]

Force game to run in borderless windowed fullscreen mode[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Low frame rate[edit]

Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".
  4. Tick all the boxes except "Autogen mipmap".

Texture flickering[edit]

The optimal settings for maximum modern system compatibility with the game (Method 1).
The optimal settings for maximum modern system compatibility with the game (Method 1).
Method #1: Change video compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".
  4. Untick "HW Vertex Processing", "Multi vertex stream", and "Autogen mipmap".


For most people simply disabling HW Vertex Processing works flawlessly, however this usually slows down the game badly even on high-end machines, which is why some prefer the second method.
Method #2: Disable anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab.
  3. Set "Antialiasing" to Off.
  4. Enable "Manual compatibility settings".


If this doesn't work completely (some flickering still remains), the anti-aliasing can be forced (see Anti-aliasing (AA)).
Method #3: Enable compatibility mode[citation needed]


If you are using a Steam Controller, do not select Windows XP SP3 or older, as this prevents the Steam Overlay from hooking into the game and mapping the controller correctly.
With this setting, you can also re-enable anti-aliasing.
Method #4: set Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames[citation needed]
  • If you have an Nvidia card, go to Nvidia Control Panel and change "Maximum pre­rendered frames" to 1 for BGE.exe. This should remove flickering without performance penalties.


"Manual compatibility settings" of the game should be left default.

Audio desynchronized in cutscenes[edit]

If there are problems with the sound not syncing up with the picture.
Enable 60 FPS cap[citation needed]
Choose sound card[9]
  1. Launch SettingsApplication.exe.
  2. Click on the "Sound settings" tab.
  3. Choose your sound card.

Game engine runs too fast[edit]

Enable 60 FPS cap[citation needed]

Can't change resolution or refresh rate[edit]

Enable compatibility mode[10]

Central Hall glitches and crashing / Triangle key doesn't drop after defeating bots[edit]

This tool can patch save games to work around a number of common glitches encountered in the PC version, including glitches in the 'Central Hall' area, and the triangle key not falling from the vent after defeating the bots.
Use BGAE Fix[citation needed]

Can't enable EAX reverb[edit]

Install Creative ALchemy for the game[11]
  1. Download & install ALchemy.
  2. Launch ALchemy
  3. Add a new Profile, name it Beyond Good And Evil
  4. Select "Use Game Path"
  5. Navigate to Beyond Good And Evil's install directory (For example C:\GOG Games\Beyond Good and Evil)
  6. Click "OK"
  7. Click The newly created profile and then click ">>" to enable it.
  8. Close ALchemy & re-open the SettingsApplication.exe for Beyond Good and Evil
  9. Go to the Sound tab, enable EAX Reverb.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) 700 MHz Pentium III, Celeron, or AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (98 SE)
128 MB (ME, 2000, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce1 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/15130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  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).