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Ion Storm
2000-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
id Tech 2[1]
Release dates
Windows May 22, 2000
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).

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com 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[edit]


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

Map packs, Utilities, etc.[edit]

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

GameSpy shutdown workaround[edit]

A guide on fixing the in-game server browser can be found here.

Daikatana 1.3[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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)[edit]

Frame rate is capped at 83 FPS by default.
Set maximum FPS[citation needed]
  1. Install Daikatana 1.3.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\data\.
  3. Create and edit autoexec.cfg.
  4. Add r_maxfps x where x is the maximum FPS cap.
  5. Add cl_maxfps x instead if async refresh is disabled.


The game can be too dark to play at default settings.
Adjust gamma[citation needed]
  1. Install Daikatana 1.3.
  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[edit]

Daikatana causes Windows to enable the mouse 'Enhance pointer precision' feature, which adds mouse acceleration.[4]
Disable acceleration function[citation needed]
  1. Install Daikatana 1.3.
  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.[5] 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.

Enable HRTF[edit]

Windows[citation needed]
  1. Apply the 1.3 patch and download OpenAL Soft (both source code and the Windows binary)
  2. From Windows binary folder rename soft_oal.dll in bin/Win32 folder into OpenAL32.dll and then replace the one included with the patch located in main folder.
  3. Create a text file called alsoftrc.ini in %APPDATA% directory and then 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
Retail only; download for digital versions.
Unofficial translation by «Fargus Multimedia»
[citation needed]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports two players.
Online play
32 Versus, Co-op
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 (ex. 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[edit]

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

Other information[edit]


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


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

System requirements[edit]

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[2] 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.[3]
  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 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/242980/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (242980) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.