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Daikatana cover
Ion Storm
2000-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
id Tech 2[1]
Release dates
Windows May 23, 2000[2]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Classical, Europe, Fantasy, Japan, Medieval, North America, Sci-fi
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Daikatana is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game.

The game is well-known for its troubled development and resulting bugs. The unofficial 1.3 patch is highly recommended to resolve the game's numerous bugs.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Digital releases are already fully patched.
Several demo and alpha versions have been released.
The multiplayer-only Daikatana DM is available for free.

Essential improvements


The latest patch for the game is v1.2 (v1.2.2 if using Daikatana DM). The patch is available from (mirror).

Unofficial 1.3 patch

Compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.
Adds support for widescreen resolutions, disabling mouse acceleration and AI sidekicks, bug fixes and more.

Map Pack

This is the only official mappack released by ION Storm, it contains 11 multiplayer maps and its available at [1]

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/242980/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\save[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/242980/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Field of view (FOV)

Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Install Daikatana 1.3.
  2. While in game, open the console with ~.
  3. Type in fov x where x is the desired FOV.

Frame rate (FPS)

Frame rate is capped at 83 FPS by default.
Set maximum FPS[citation needed]
  1. Install Unofficial 1.3 patch.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\data.
    Newer versions of 1.3 patch use %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Daikatana\data
  3. Create and edit autoexec.cfg.
  4. Add set r_maxfps x where x is the maximum FPS cap.
  5. Add set cl_maxfps x instead if async refresh is disabled.
    You can add both settings to autoexec.cfg without issues.


The game can be too dark to play at default settings.
Adjust gamma[citation needed]
  1. Install Unofficial 1.3 patch.
  2. While in game open the console with ~.
  3. Type in gl_ignorehwgamma 1
  4. Type in vid_gamma 1.0
  5. Type in gl_modulate 3
  6. Type in vid_restart to apply changes.


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

Mouse acceleration

Daikatana causes Windows to enable the mouse 'Enhance pointer precision' feature, which adds mouse acceleration.[5]
Disable acceleration function[citation needed]
  1. Install Unofficial 1.3 patch
  2. While in game open the console with ~.
  3. Type in and enter m_noaccel 1.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Apply 1.3 patch.
EAX support
A3D 1.0, A3D 2.0, DirectSound3D, EAX.[6] The 1.3 patch includes OpenAL, which can be replaced with OpenAL Soft one to enable 3D sound without a sound card. See Enable HRTF.
Royalty free audio

Enable HRTF

Windows[citation needed]
  1. Apply the unofficial 1.3 patch and download OpenAL Soft (both source code and the Windows binary)
  2. Rename soft_oal.dll in bin\Win32 folder into OpenAL32.dll and replace the one included with the patch located <path-to-game>.
  3. Create a text file called alsoftrc.ini in %APPDATA% directory and add:
hrtf = true;

4. Copy the hrtf folder from the source code archive into %APPDATA%\openal directory. 5. Make sure OpenAL is set in Sound options.


The Windows binary archive also contains a ALSoft Configurator which lets you change any sound-related elements such as Ambisonic format, Stereo Encoding or emulate EAX Reverb.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation - #1
Retail only. Available for Unofficial 1.3 patch in download section.
Retail only; download for digital versions. Available for Unofficial 1.3 patch in its download section.
Retail only. Available for Unofficial 1.3 patch in its download section.
Retail only and up to v1.1. Can't be used for the 1.3 unofficial patch and is not available to choose this language as the patch currently does not support this language.
Retail only. Available for Unofficial 1.3 patch in its download section.
Unofficial translation by Fargus Multimedia


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports two players.
Online play
32 Versus, Co-op
The official GameSpy service has been shut down; community server available here.
Co-op supports two players.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Use the connect [IP]:[PORT] command in the console.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27982, 27992
UDP 27992
This game does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.
These are the default ports used by the game. They can be changed externally by the user for dedicated servers.
All servers will have 2 ports open: the first port is specified by the user, while the other one is 10 ports before the first; e.g. a server with daikatana.exe -dedicated +exec server.cfg +set port 27998 will have ports 27998 and 27988 open). Make sure the second port is not being used.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
See Unofficial 1.3 patch for 64-bit.


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0c
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.0f
Multiplayer GameSpy

Map packs, utilities, mods

All of the official content for the game, along with user created content and patches, can be found on (mirror).

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
AMD K6 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.0 compatible


  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. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: