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Command & Conquer: Renegade

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For the fan made multiplayer remake, see Renegade X.

Command & Conquer: Renegade
Command & Conquer: Renegade cover
Developers
Westwood Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Re-release Sold Out Software
Engines
Westwood 3D
Release dates
Windows February 26, 2002
Reception
Metacritic 75
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Vehicles Flight, Helicopter, Tank
Art styles Stylized
Themes Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer: Renegade on HowLongToBeat
Command & Conquer: Renegade on IGDB
Command & Conquer: Renegade guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Renegade on MobyGames
Command & Conquer: Renegade on Wikipedia
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
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
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Command & Conquer (2013) Cancelled
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020
Renegade X (unofficial) EA

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Command & Conquer: Renegade is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person FPS game in the Command & Conquer series.

An action game titled Command & Conquer: Commando is known to have been in the works since at least July 1997, with a PlayStation prototype build from that time leaking in 2014, most likely using the engine from Sports Car GT.[1] It was later renamed to Command & Conquer: Renegade, and despite showcases in 2000 and 2001 with a scheduled release for late 2001, the game's release slipped (to which the developers themselves jokingly pointed out), finally releasing in February 2002.

Post-release support included 10 patches and modding tools. In agreement with EA, several popular standalone total conversion modifications have been released, hosted at W3D Hub.

The game was released digitally on Origin as part of the Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection package; that package was also released on Steam on March 7, 2024.

The official multiplayer master server, Westwood Online, was redirected to the community-run XWIS server in 2005 in agreement with EA's German community team[2], and using the in-game multiplayer menus lead to it without any additional configuration, but this service is presently seldom used. An alternative server list existed on GameSpy until its closure in 2014.

The unofficial Tiberian Technologies Scripts package includes fixes, code updates and quality-of-life improvements, as well as a popular GameSpy server replacement.

General information

W3D Hub - A community dedicated to modding Command & Conquer Renegade
Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
Renegade section on CNC.community
Renegade section on CNCNZ.com
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc 2.51.021 DRM[Note 1]. Bypassed by Tiberian Technologies Scripts
Windows
Retail
CD key
The First Decade.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Bundled as part of Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection. Included with EA Play.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Bundled as part of Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Steam DRM removed on March 9, 2024.[5][6]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Demo

A free multiplayer demo is available from GameFront and CNCNZ.com.

Monetization

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.

Essential improvements

Patches

Retail Renegade patch v1.037 can be downloaded in many languages from CNCNZ and GameFront.
The First Decade and The Ultimate Collection versions are already patched to the latest version.

Tiberian Technologies Scripts

Patch 1.037 is not required as it will be automatically applied if not found.
A fan made patch containing new additions, most notably including a new Vsync checkbox along with the ability of changing the quality settings for the shader and post process effects, as well as numerous code optimizations.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Westwood\Renegade\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Westwood\Renegade\
[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2229890/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\save\[Note 4]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2229890/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched by default. Use Tiberian Technologies Scripts. Resolution is set externally via wwconfig.exe
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Stretched by default. Use Tiberian Technologies Scripts. Resolution is set externally via wwconfig.exe
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use Tiberian Technologies Scripts. Set in wwconfig.exe
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled.
Use d3d8to9 on Windows 10/11, or use the improved Vsync included in Tiberian Technologies Scripts. Set in wwconfig.exe
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)

Editing file[7]
  1. Download and install XCC Utilities
  2. Launch XCC Mixer.exe and use it to open <path-to-game>\Data\always.dat
  3. Extract cameras.ini to <path-to-game>\Data
  4. Open cameras.ini and modify any of the FOV= values to desired ones
  5. Save the file.

Notes

This will be flagged as cheating by any game servers that run anti-cheat plugins and may result in an auto kick or ban.

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.

Audio

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, A3D 2.0.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Fan - 1 The First Decade
French
German
Japanese
Korean

Network

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
127
Online play
127 Lobbies point to XWIS by default since October 20, 2005 as part of an agreement with EA.[2] An alternative GameSpy master server existed, but was shut down in 2014; see GameSpy replacement for a popular alternative.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Quick Match, the matchmaking feature of Westwood Online, was discontinued.
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7025
UDP 4848, 4849, 25300
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

GameSpy replacement

Before proceeding, make sure the latest version of the Tiberian Technologies Scripts is installed.
List of servers hosted using this replacement
Use built-in server listing
Built-in GameSpy server listing was introduced in TT 4.7 Update 2 (r8615). Versions prior to this do not contain a GameSpy listing accessible inside game. Make sure the game is up to date.
  1. Open the game.
  2. GameSpy listing is available under Multiplay Internet > GameSpy menu.
  3. Change the nickname using the Options button inside GameSpy menu.
Use W3D Hub Launcher
  1. Download and install the W3D Hub Launcher.
  2. If the launcher does not detect the game automatically, click on the Renegade icon in the launcher, followed by "Import Game". Navigate to game.exe in <path-to-game> and select it.
  3. GameSpy listing is available under Server Browser tab. Change the nickname using the Set Nickname button.
Use external server listers
External listers are here for reference, and not recommended for use. Please use other two options as they are more reliable and has regular support.
  • RenList: RenList is a server browsing tool for Westwood Online (XWIS) and GameSpy.
  1. Select the location of your game executable and change your nickname from Options menu. Optionally, providing XWIS credentials will enable WOL server listing.
  2. GSA tab is the GameSpy server listing.
  • MasterList: MasterList is a GameSpy server browsing tool with URL protocol and customization support.
  1. Select the location of the game executable and change the nickname from Menu > Options. Optionally, URL protocol support can be enabled by following Menu > Options > URL Protocol > Register.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created profile, requires dgVoodoo 2. Important tweaks (required) see profile introduction. Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Settings in config tool are not saved

Run WWConfig.exe as administrator[citation needed]

Stuck at the Renegade config popup

Make sure the graphics card drivers are up to date[citation needed]

Missing main menu text

Press Esc to exit Renegade and restart the computer.[citation needed]

Applying config settings

On the Scripts 4.1 patch, there is a small bug where the highest available resolution is shown as being the first one, the last resolution being 1440x900.
Run WWConfig.exe and select the currently used display in order to change the video settings.[citation needed]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Westwood Online, GameSpy

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 950 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  4. 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).

References