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Crimson Skies

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Crimson Skies
Crimson Skies cover
Zipper Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 17, 2000
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight
Themes Interwar, North America, Piracy
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

General information - A fan site for the Crimson Skies series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements

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


  • The latest official patch v1.02 is available here or at

Modern hardware support

Use csfix[citation needed]
  1. Make sure the game is patched to 1.02.
  2. Download the Crimson Skies FOV Fix (this download includes CSFix and corrects the FOV to work with any aspect ratio).
  3. Extract to the installation folder.
  4. Ensure that DirectPlay and Windows Media Player are enabled.
Use dgVoodoo2[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe and the contents of the MS\x86 subfolder to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe and under the DirectX tab, tick Application controlled fullscreen/windowed state.
NVIDIA settings[citation needed]
  1. In addition to csfix, turn off AtiFix in csfix.ini to fix view circles appearing as squares.
  2. To fix FPS issues, in the NVIDIA Control Panel's 3D Settings, change these options for Crimson Skies:
    1. Maximum Prerendered Frames: 1
    2. Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum performance
    3. Threaded Optimization: Off
    4. Vertical Sync: Fast
  3. Windows Compatibility Administrator (32 bit) may need to be used to apply the DWM8And16BitMitigation setting to fix preview circle glitching.
  4. If cutscenes run slower than the audio (causing sync issues), try enabling DisableDXMaximizedWindowedMode in the aforementioned Compatibility Administrator.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedGames\[Note 2]


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


In-game general controls settings.
In-game general controls settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

XInput-compatible controllers

The game will not detect buttons above 11 and are practically unusable
Use XInput Plus
  1. Download XInput Plus
  2. Set the target program to crimson.exe
  3. Go to "DirectInput" and check "Enable DirectInput Output"
  4. Assign "DPAD" to "POV"
  5. Go to "Customize"
  6. Assign "Left Stick X" to "X Axis"
  7. Assign "Left Stick Y" to "Y Axis"
  8. Assign "Right Stick X" to "Z Rot"
  9. Assign "Right Stick Y" to "Z Axis"
  10. Assign "LT" to "Button7"
  11. Assign "RT" to "Button8"
  12. Assign "DPAD Up" to "POV_Up"
  13. Assign "DPAD Right" to "POV_Right"
  14. Assign "DPAD Down" to "POV_Down"
  15. Assign "DPAD Left" to "POV_Left"
  16. Assign "A" to "Button1"
  17. Assign "B" to "Button2"
  18. Assign "X" to "Button3"
  19. Assign "Y" to "Button4"
  20. Assign "LB" to "Button5"
  21. Assign "RB" to "Button6"
  22. Assign "LS Button" to "Button9"
  23. Assign "RS Button" to "Button10"
  24. Check "Enable ForcefeedBack Emulation"
  25. Press apply, this will install a DLL file in <path-to-game> (which will be automatically used when you start the game).


Edit the button layout in the in-game key map settings.
Use the HRTR control layout as a reference. [1]


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

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 TCP/IP or IPX
Online play
16 The official MSN Gaming Zone service has been shut down.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28805, 28801, 3040, 1121[3]
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Windows Media Player
Multiplayer MSN Gaming Zone

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] 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.[2]
  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).