Drakensang: The Dark Eye

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Drakensang: The Dark Eye
Drakensang: The Dark Eye cover
Radon Labs
DTP Entertainment
Release dates
Windows February 27, 2009
Metacritic 75
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Key points

German retail version is not patched. All digital versions are.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
High Resolution Texture Pack included.[citation needed]
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GamersGate (unavailable)
Requires online activation
SecuROM PA DRM. English only. No Hi-Res patch included.


German demo is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]


Germany version only. List of patches. The Steam and English retail versions are already patched to the latest version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Replace video[1]
  1. Download a blank .bik file. One can be found at http://www.geocities.ws/xbdvdrg/blank.zip
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\export\data\movies\ replace logo.bik with the newly downloaded file.

High Resolution Texture Pack[edit]

Requires Patch 1.02 on the German version of the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Drakensang\profiles\default\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12640/pfx/[Note 1]
Edit profile.xml, which appears after launching the game and editing an option. Save the file but do not check read-only as this will cause a runtime error.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Drakensang\profiles\default\save
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Not all supported resolutions are listed in-game. See configuration file(s) location.
4K Ultra HD
Can be forced via an .ini edit, see configuration file(s) location.
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter or launch the game with the -windowed option.[2]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
x2, x4
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Uncapped frame rate and refresh rate, no in-game frame rate cap.[citation needed]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Camera sensitivity, as opposed to general mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, ambient, SFX, user interface, dialogue.
Surround sound
Stereo 2.0.
English and German, depending on language of game.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Background music continues to play and loop when necessary.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English voices with English editions only.
German voices with German editions only.
Italian voices with Italian editions only.
Russian voices with Russian editions only.
Retail version, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.Note: Profile requires an officially unprotected game, for example from the german magazine Computer Bild Spiele 8/2012.

Other information[edit]

General settings
General settings


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 9 Gameplay uses Direct3D 9; FMVs use Direct3D 7.[3]
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1536 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
256 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/12640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.