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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising cover
EA Los Angeles
Electronic Arts
SAGE 2.0
Release dates
Windows March 12, 2009
Metacritic 64
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising on HowLongToBeat
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising on IGDB
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising on MobyGames
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising on Wikipedia
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Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor 1997
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010
Command & Conquer (2013) Cancelled
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020
Renegade X (unofficial) EA

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
Red Alert 3 on
Uprising section on
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
Requires online activation
SecuROM 7 and SecuROM PA DRM. Retail release includes no disc, the key can be redeemed through Origin.
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Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
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CD key
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Humble Store (unavailable)


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access. Does not require a prior installation of the base game to install and run.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or remove file[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies.
  2. Find and delete, move or rename RA3_EA_logo.vp6.

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\<Localized Red Alert 3 Uprising>\Profiles\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\<Localized Red Alert 3 Uprising>\<user-id>
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions, see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use -win parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Alternatively, -win -fullscreen parameters, and -xpos 0 -ypos 0 if window is off screen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Might be affected by the texture quality.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS[2], with game speed tied to frame rate; can be increased to 60 (with appropriate game speed) using SageMetaTool.
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Set custom resolution[3]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3 Uprising\Profiles\<user-id>\.
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change Resolution xxx xxx to the desired resolution.


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
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Game crashes on startup with an "application error" when launched from executable (Steam)

Create missing file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Create a new file named steam_appid.txt.
  3. Open the file and insert the game's Steam application ID (24800).
  4. Save the file.
The game will still require an active Steam client to run, but will no longer crash on the attempt to run directly from the executable.

Restore command-line parameter support (The Ultimate Collection)

The Ultimate Collection on Origin was released with no support for command line arguments.
Use Medstar's fixed launchers (The Ultimate Collection)[4]
An unofficial patch that provides a slight enhancement to the default launchers provided with the Origin release (fixes some registry entries and allows command line arguments to function properly).
Previous fixed launchers from Bibber were not available and supported for a while at Bibber's own request, but can be downloaded again from his site. As support and availability is unknown, it is advised to remove those and replace them with Medstar's ones.
  1. Download the last released version from GitHub or alternatively from ModDB.
  2. Extract the file from the ZIP file.
  3. Run the installer.

Game does not start (Origin, The Ultimate Collection)

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Red Alert 3/Uprising and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes On2 VP6

Command line arguments

Command[5] [6] Description
-win Runs the game in windowed mode
-fullscreen Runs the game in fullscreen mode. Combine with -win for borderless windowed mode.
-xres [number] Sets resolution width
-yres [number] Sets resolution height
-xpos [number] Sets horizontal offset of the window
-ypos [number] Sets vertical offset of the window
-ui Opens the autorun feature otherwise called by inserting the game disc
-replayGame [filename] Plays replay file
-noaudio Disables game audio
-noAudioMusic Disables game music

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo
Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2100 (XP)
Intel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2800 (Vista)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X800
DirectX 9.0c 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>/24800/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (24800) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.