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
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Key points

Released as Venom. Codename: Outbreak in Russia.

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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[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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[edit]

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

Special Hardware Requirements[edit]

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.If you can't get your old computer, then use the method below.(Information provided by Chinese player NATO2000, who is an old game hunter that has walkthrough 20,000+ old games)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
225 fps cap (This description is questionable. The original ISO version does not have any frame rate limit, but the 1.1~1.2 upgrade patch will limit 60FPS. The GOG version limits the framerate to 60FPS. Regardless of single-player mode or multi-player mode.Information provided by Chinese player NATO2000, who is an old game hunter that has walkthrough 20,000+ old games.)
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
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[edit]

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

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[edit]

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[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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


  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).