Dungeon Siege

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Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege cover
Developers
Gas Powered Games
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Publishers
Retail Microsoft Game Studios
Digital Square Enix
OS X MacSoft
Engines
Siege Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows April 5, 2002
macOS (OS X) May 2, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 86
Taxonomy
Series Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege on HowLongToBeat
Dungeon Siege on IGDB
Dungeon Siege on MobyGames
Dungeon Siege on Wikipedia
Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege 2002
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna 2003
Dungeon Siege II 2005
Dungeon Siege III 2011

Key points

Use bltonly=true command line argument to fix frame rate issues.[2]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna contains both Dungeon Siege and its main expansion Legends of Aranna.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use nointro=true parameter[2]

Use the nointro=true command line argument.

Siegelets, maps and mods[edit]

Yesterheaven - official bonus multiplayer map for original Dungeon Siege made by Gas Powered Games. Single player conversion files are available here.
Myros Mod - converts the original Utraean Peninsula multiplayer map to singleplayer. Conversion files are available here or already prepared map can be downloaded here.
Utima V: Lazarus - a remake of Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny.
Ultima 6 Project - a remake of Ultima VI: The False Prophet.
Many notable fan made siegelets and maps can be downloaded here; Mageworld, The Elemental, Lands Of Hyperborea, Copperhead: Retaliation, Realm of Kings.
Dungeon Siege high resolution textures - texture pack made for the original game using AI image upscaling ESRGAN .

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\DungeonSiege.ini
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\Save\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Highest natively supported resolution is 1024x768. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Too high resolutions (above 1080p) will crash the game; use dgVoodoo2 for these resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use Nvidia Control Panel or comparable. Resolutions above 1024x768 perform exponentially worse with AA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can cause framerate issues, it can be disabled with the vsync=false command line argument.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap. Use bltonly=true command line argument to fix potential frame rate problems.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fixes only work in-game, not on the main menu.
Widescreen aspect ratios are Vert-; to set FOV see the WSGF entry.
Some higher resolutions will crash the game; use dgVoodoo2 for these resolutions.
Set in DungeonSiege.ini[5]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\DungeonSiege.ini
  2. Change the width = and height = numbers to match your resolution.
  3. Save your changes.
Set in launch options[5]
  1. Add width=#### and height=#### to your games launch options.
  2. Replace #### with your desired resolution.
  3. Save your changes.

Windowed[edit]

Windowed mode[6]
  1. Execute the game with the command line parameter fullscreen=false

Notes:

  • Mouse cursor is not captured with this method.
DxWnd
  1. In DxWnd, File -> Import. There's a stock Dungeon Siege export available.
  2. Modify the game properties. W And H should be 1024 x 768 (or desired resolution),

Notes:

  • Minimizes on alt-tab.
  • "Do not notify on Task Switch" causes camera spinning when switching tasks.
  • Can cause significant UI/Menu glitch, but is fixed on restarting the game.

Input[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Full keyboard remapping with secondary options.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Only inverts for camera movement.
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Ambient, and Voice.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail and Steam only.
German
Retail and Steam only; download for GOG.com version
Italian
Retail and Steam only.
Japanese
Retail and Steam only.
Polish
Retail and Steam only.
Spanish
Retail and Steam only.

Network[edit]

Steam and non-Steam players cannot play together due to version differences.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Co-op
For Steam use the zonematch=true command line argument.
Online play
Co-op
You may need to use a VPN, e.g. Hamachi.[7]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
MSN Gaming Zone support has ended.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 2300-2400, 6073
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest official patch v1.11.1462 and Bonus Pack: Yesterhaven are available at soggi.org.

Flickering screen[edit]

Flickering screen[citation needed]

This fix has only been tested on the Steam version.

Some users have complained about the screen flickering on Windows 7. A quick fix is to press the Windows button on the keyboard to minimize the game. Upon maximizing, the flickering stops (Changing between the main menu and the campaign/multi-player will require you to do this again).

Change Video settings[8]

One of the following steps may work:

  • Right-click DungeonSiege.exe, Properties -> Compatibility -> Reduced color mode = 16-bit color
  • In the config file, bpp=32
  • Disable anti-aliasing within the GPU driver settings.
  • Running the game on a different GPU or monitor may prevent UI/Cursor flickering.
  • Switching between Fullscreen or windows mode.

Menu glitches[edit]

Menu glitches[citation needed]

Sometimes the game's menu stops responding, doesn't see saved games, gives "There are no maps currently available" error, shows visual glitches on character creation screen. This may happen regardless of how many times the game ran correctly. Installing the game in the default folder and turning off gameplay-tracking programs (ex. X-Fire, Raptr, Steam) may fix these issues.

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

Use bltonly parameter[2]
  1. Use bltonly=true command line argument.

Fairies/Pixies can cause missing terrain and crashes[edit]

If a fairy or pixie restores a character's health or mana, the player may soon encounter missing terrain and crashes in certain circumstances.
Instructions[9]
  1. Download fairyfix.zip and extract into <path-to-game>\Resources to disable fairy/pixie spells.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 [10]
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP1
Processor (CPU) 333 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  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 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>/39190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References