Blacklight: Retribution

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Blacklight: Retribution
Blacklight: Retribution cover
Zombie Studios
Hardsuit Labs
Perfect World Entertainment
Hardsuit Labs
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows April 3, 2012
Series Blacklight
Blacklight: Retribution on Wikipedia
Blacklight: Tango Down 2010
Blacklight: Retribution 2012

Key points

Servers were shut down on March 11, 2019,[1] game can't be launched without server connection.
Heavy frame rate drops and low GPU utilisation on Intel-based systems with Hyper-Threading enabled.[citation needed]

General information

Official game site
Blacklight Wiki - A detailed wiki for the Blacklight series
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website (unavailable)
Steam (unavailable)
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DLC and expansion packs

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches for this game should be downloaded and installed automatically when the game is run after a patch has been released. Note that this requires an internet connection - you will not be able to play online without having the most recent patch If the automatic patching doesn't work, you can manually download the patches here.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\FoxGame\Config\PCConsole\Cooked[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/209870/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/209870/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 954 MB available.


In-game graphics Normal settings.
In-game graphics Normal settings.
In-game graphics Advanced settings.
In-game graphics Advanced settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Between 30° and 100°; use Flawless Widescreen for higher settings.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Post Process MLAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Enable "Framerate Smoothing" in advanced video settings


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Moved to General Settings menu
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Private Servers run on the official servers.
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't start[edit]

If the game gives you an "Crash Report" message after you press the "Play" button in the launcher try to update your GPU Driver
If the game refuses to start with no error message try updating DirectX.
Install DirectX[citation needed]
  1. Install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.
  2. Try running the game again.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat BattlEye, PunkBuster [3][4][5][6]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.1
Processor (CPU) Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8xxx
AMD Radeon HD 2xxx
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card


  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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/209870/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (209870) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Blacklight: Retribution :: Official Support Ending - last accessed on 2019-04-17
    "March 11th
    * PC game servers shut down permanently
    * Support shut down for PC and PS4
  2. Blacklight Retribution 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  3. BattlEye – The Anti-Cheat Gold Standard
  4. Even Balance, Inc. - PunkBuster Online Countermeasures
  5. Even Balance, Inc. - PunkBuster Online Countermeasures - last accessed on 2018-09-04
    "Sun Jan 08 2012 12:00
    Perfect World Entertainment, Inc. has contracted with Even Balance, Inc. to integrate our PunkBuster™ Anti-Cheat software into the free to play online first person shooter title known as Blacklight: Retribution.
  6. Even Balance, Inc. - PunkBuster Online Countermeasures - last accessed on 2018-09-04
    "Fri Apr 04 2014 12:00
    IAH Games has contracted with Even Balance, Inc. to integrate our PunkBuster™ Anti-Cheat software into the free to play online first person shooter title known as "Blacklight: Retribution" for the Southeast Asia region.