Black & White 2

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Black & White 2
Black & White 2 cover
Developers
Lionhead Studios
macOS (OS X) Robosoft Technologies
Publishers
Electronic Arts
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows October 7, 2005
macOS (OS X) January 6, 2009[1]
Black & White 2 on MobyGames
Black & White 2 on Wikipedia
Black & White
Black & White 2001
Black & White 2 2005

General information

Black & White Community - A forum and downloads site for the series
Unofficial Discord server - For discussion and technical help

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1] and CD key for installation.
Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A demo for Windows is available here.
The Windows version of this game is not available digitally.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods Requires Black & White 2 to be installed.
Windows
macOS (OS X)


Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

v1.1 Patch[edit]

Fixes some serious bugs and crashes.

v1.2 Patch[edit]

Patch v1.1 needs to be installed first.
The most notable change is the ability of skipping the tutorial lands, along with more bug and crash fixes.

Unofficial Patches[edit]

v1.41 Unofficial Fan Patch[edit]

Patch 1.2 is required.
Removes SafeDisc DRM, enabling the game to run on Windows Vista and later.
General fixes on modern systems to do with hardware detection limiting graphical options.

Battle of the Gods Fan Patch 1.1 - only for the expansion[edit]

Removes SafeDisc DRM, enabling the game to run on Windows Vista and later.
General fixes on modern systems to do with hardware detection limiting graphical options.

Utilities[edit]

Tiger Unlocker[edit]

Unlocks an exclusive creature available after creating a new game.

Wolf Model Fix[edit]

Fixes an issue with the Wolf's mesh.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  • Find, delete or rename to something else the following files from <path-to-game>\Data\Splash
Splash.tga
splash_intel.tga

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Black & White 2\Settings.ini
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Black & White 2\Profiles\
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
HUD is stretched
Multi-monitor
HUD is stretched
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI elements does not scale with resolution and are ultra small in 4K. Also possible side effects are the HUD getting even more stretched.
Field of view (FOV)
Editor FOV only.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Checkbox only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use the Graphics Card Control Panel to Turn On V-Sync on the Program, This will be normal FPS Speed for B&W 2 including BOTG
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

After doing this use any borderless applications to play with no borders on fullscreen from here.
D3DWindower[citation needed]
  1. See D3DWindower for further instructions.
  2. Find <path-to-game>\white.exe.
  3. Go to Options, Common and check Use Background Resize.
  4. Run it with D3DWindower by pushing the fifth button.

Notes

Bloom has to be disabled in order for this to properly work.
Activating the emulation is not needed. Running the game directly through the launcher will work.
Run any borderless applications before running D3Dwindower or else the game will crash.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
[4]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Black & White 2.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

Mouse lag[edit]

The mouse doesn't respond to slower movements and some tasks, such as building roads, become overly difficult.
Logitech fix[citation needed]
This will only work on newer Logitech mice and requires Logitech Gaming Software.
  1. Open Logitech Gaming Software.
  2. Click on the mouse at the bottom.
  3. Click on Customize pointer settings.
  4. Set the Report Rate to 125
Razer fix[citation needed]
This will only work on newer Razer mice and requires Razer Synapse Software.
  1. Open Razer Synapse Software.
  2. Click on the mouse at the bottom.
  3. Click on Performance settings.
  4. Set the Polling Rate to 125
SteelSeries Fix[citation needed]
This fix requires Steel Series Engine 3 Software.
  1. Open the Steel Series Engine 3 Software.
  2. Click on your mouse in the list.
  3. Find the Polling Rate section in the lower right of the window.
  4. Use the slider to set the Polling Rate to 125

Graphical glitches[edit]

On modern hardware parts of the terrain may disappear.
General fix[citation needed]
This has been tested to work on Windows 7 (64-bit).
Might cause in-game audio to lag or stutter briefly when keys are pressed on the keyboard.
  1. Right-click the Black & White 2 shortcut (leads to "white.exe").
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Set the shortcut to run in compatibility mode for "Windows 98 / Windows Me".
  5. Press OK.

Notes

Game data location may change to: %PUBLIC%\Documents\Black & White 2

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.4.8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz Intel
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.1 GB
Video card (GPU) 3D accelerator
128 MB of VRAM
Intel GMA graphics cards are unsupported.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]

References