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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, Subscription gaming service
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
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising is a standalone expansion for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. It is the first singleplayer-only release on the PC for the franchise, with all multiplayer-related functionalities and menus removed. Instead, it includes 4 mini-campaigns and the 50-mission Commander's Challenge mode, as well as the regular skirmish mode with additional maps (some of them being scripted beyond the regular gameplay).

It is not to be confused with the console release of the game, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Commander's Challenge which does not include the mini-campaigns.

The game was always envisioned as a singleplayer-only release[1], with the working title (before settling on the Uprising subtitle) being Campaign Expansion[2]. As a result, the game did not receive any post-launch support, with the launch 1.0 build being the only publicly available one, despite some bugs and considerable imbalance between factions remaining. The regular Red Alert 3 release did receive patches after Uprising's release - patch 1.11 even backported two of Uprising's new skirmish maps (Blitzen's Back and Spring Fever) to the base game a little over three months after Uprising was released.[3]

The game was also the first in the franchise to be exclusively digitally distributed, with retail copies including only redeem codes for the EA Download Manager (predecessor to Origin).

With no native support for the Red Alert 3 Mod SDK or Worldbuilder (map editor), Uprising is only played in singleplayer runs and is scarcely mentioned in the Command & Conquer community. However, players can play with units new to Uprising in multiplayer by playing the Upheaval mod for the original Red Alert 3 and using its multiplayer feature to connect.

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 as part of Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection. Included with EA Play.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
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CD key
Bundled as part of Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)
Humble Store (unavailable)
Origin (unavailable)
Manual link for EA App purchase.


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.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play (EA App only).

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or remove file[4]
  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 %APPDATA%\Red Alert 3 Uprising\Profiles\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Added on February 22, 2024.[5]


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.[citation needed]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS[6], with game speed tied to frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Set custom resolution[7]
  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.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


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
Fan translation by SITUVN; download.

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[8] [9] 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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: