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Earthsiege 2

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Earthsiege 2
Earthsiege 2 cover
Retail Sierra On-Line
Digital Hi-Rez Studios
Release dates
Windows March 19, 1996
Windows 3.x March 19, 1996
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Vehicle combat
Vehicles Robot
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi
Series Metaltech
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Earthsiege 2 on Wikipedia
Metaltech: Earthsiege 1994
Metaltech: Battledrome 1994
Earthsiege 2 1996
Starsiege 1999
Tribes (series)

Earthsiege 2 is a singleplayer first-person and third-person vehicle combat game in the Metaltech series.

The game was re-released for free by Hi-Rez Studios in 2015.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Windows 3.x
Official website
Free download. Does not include music.

Essential improvements

Skip 256 color warning

Set ES.EXE to run in 256 color mode

Modern Windows installer

The Sierrahelp Earthsiege 2 Installer automatically applies the latest patch, rips (or downloads) all of the music tracks in high quality MP3 to play and loop in-game properly, and adds a no-CD patch.

Works with the freeware release.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\DATA\*.cfg[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAV\[Note 1]


General settings (launcher).
General settings (launcher).
General settings (in-game).
General settings (in-game).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only supports 320x240 and 640x480.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set in options or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
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.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

"VSHELL.EXE - Entry Point Not Found" error on launch

Error message: "The procedure entry point FT_Thunk could not be located in the dynamic link library".
Delete Earthsiege 2 DDRAW.DLL[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename DDRAW.DLL.

"You don't have enough virtual memory to run Earthsiege II" error on launch

Use Windows 95 compatibility mode[1]

Set the game to run in Windows 95 compatibility mode.

Game refuses to run under Windows 10

See DirectDraw is broken[2]

Other information


Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.

System requirements

Windows 3.x
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) 486 DX2 66 Mhz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Verified by User:Garrett on 2016-04-27
  2. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2016-03-01