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Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor

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Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor cover
Westwood Studios
Virgin Interactive
Release dates
Windows December 8, 1997
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres Strategy
Themes Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor on IGDB
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor on MobyGames
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor on Wikipedia
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Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor is a 1997 game derived from the 1995 real-time strategy game Command & Conquer, featuring units present in that game. It is an early instance of a MOBA-like gameplay, where each player controls exactly one unit chosen at the start, upgrades it during the game, and respawns upon death, until either the time runs out or an objective specific to the game mode is reached.

The game lost support not long after release, and the official server was shut down in 2002.[1] It was then left without a proper server replacement, and could only be played against random bots offline in a sort of a deathmatch mode. Notably, this is the only PC Command & Conquer title omitted from all compilations and re-releases, both retail and digital. Only known retail versions originate from North America and Taiwan and are considered rare.

The game's installer is 16-bit and does not run under modern systems; programs like WinPack or UniExtract can be used to extract the needed files from setup.z on the disc. Additionally, an unofficial DirectDraw renderer is needed to run the game without compatibility problems on modern systems.

As of 2022, an unofficial server replacement project is in development.[2]

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
Sole Survivor section on C&C Communications Center
Sole Survivor section on


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)

Essential improvements


Unofficial renderer

  • CnC-DDraw can be used to resolve issues caused by the game's old graphics renderer. While originally intended for the original Command & Conquer and Red Alert, the common game engine allows for a common solution.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.ini[Note 1]


In-game color settings menu
In-game color settings menu


Set values in cnc-ddraw.ini
This presumes you have CnC-DDraw installed.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open cnc-ddraw.ini.
  3. Set windowed=true.
  4. For borderless windowed, set border=false.
  5. Save the file.


In-game general settings menu
In-game general settings menu

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


In-game audio settings menu
In-game audio settings menu

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official server was shut down in 2002.[1]

Connection types

Issues resolved

Mouse scroll speed too high regardless of setting

Insert values in cnc-ddraw.ini
This presumes you have CnC-DDraw installed.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open cnc-ddraw.ini.
  3. Anywhere below line 90, add an entry for Sole Survivor like so:
    ; Command & Conquer Sole Survivor
  4. Save the file.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes VQA
Multiplayer Westwood Online

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM


  1. 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. 1.0 1.1 Global Sole Survivor - Global Coverage of C&C;: Sole Survivor - last accessed on 2022-01-12
  2. Sole Survivor is back online! - last accessed on 2022-01-24