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Codename: Outbreak

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Codename: Outbreak
Codename: Outbreak cover
GSC Game World
Virgin Interactive
Vital Engine ZL[1]
Release dates
Windows October 8, 2001
Modes Multiplayer
Codename: Outbreak on MobyGames
Codename: Outbreak on Wikipedia

Key points

Released as Venom. Codename: Outbreak in Russia.

General information Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM. Removed in patch 2.1.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\AVI\
  2. Delete or rename intro.avi, Intro2.avi, and Intro3.avi.


For the retail game

1.0 (2001). First patch released.
2.0 (2003)
2.1 (2003). Main change: removed CD copy protection.

Special Hardware Requirements

This game is recommended to run on an old computer to achieve the best results and avoid various problems, including old graphics card (eg GeForce 7900GTX) and old graphics driver (eg ForceWare 93.71), 512MB system memory and Windows XP SP3 operating system.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GAME.INI[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\lev\Server.ini[Note 1]
Server.ini contains dedicated server settings (does not exist unless server settings are saved).

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


General settings.
General settings.
Video settings (in-game).
Video settings (in-game).
Video settings (<path-to-game>\Config.exe).
Video settings (<path-to-game>\Config.exe).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Stretched when forced through dgvoodoo2. Cropped when set in config.
Field of view (FOV)
Set with <path-to-game>\Config.exe.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default, can be switched off through the GPU control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Although the game has a "desired FPS" option ranging from 10 to 60 FPS divided by 5 frame options each in-between, the option appears to be broken and doesn't actually affect the frame rate. Game is uncapped.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Input settings (<path-to-game>\Config.exe).
Input settings (<path-to-game>\Config.exe).

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Set in-game or with <path-to-game>\Config.exe. Game does not distinguish between cursor keys and numpad keys, limiting binding options for left-handed players.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings (<path-to-game>\Config.exe).
Audio settings (<path-to-game>\Config.exe).
Language settings for the version.
Language settings for the version.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
FX, Music, CD.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
In the French retail version only.
Only on Russian retail copy


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Versus, Co-op
Online play
16 Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Issues fixed

Outbreak.exe or Config.exe do not seem to launch, but are active in the task manager

Disable outdated .dll wrapper included with game[3]
  1. Rename winmm.dll to prevent the game from accessing it.
  2. The game will instead use the more up-to-date version found in the Windows 10 system folder.

Broken lighting, transparencies and textures

Use dgVoodoo 2
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Copy the files from the \MS\x86\ folder to the game install directory.
Alternative method

Copy the TextureFormat2 string to TextureFormat1 in [1] GAME.INI. So your ini should look like this:

TextureFormat1=32 0 0 0 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 255 0 0 255 0 0 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 255
TextureFormat2=32 0 0 0 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 255 0 0 255 0 0 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 255

This fixes transparency and main menu rendering issues. However, lens flares are still rendered incorrectly. You may disable lens flares by setting NoFlares=1 in GAME.INI. Tested on Nvidia hardware.

Other information


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

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 8.0 compatible
Other 4X CD-ROM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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).


  1. Codename: Outbreak Preview - GameSpot - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  2. Verified by User:Garrett on February 17, 2017
  3. - last accessed on 17 May 2023