Emperor: Battle for Dune

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Emperor: Battle for Dune
Emperor: Battle for Dune cover
Westwood Studios
Intelligent Games
Electronic Arts
Westwood 3D
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2001
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Dune 1992
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty 1992
Dune 2000 1998
Emperor: Battle for Dune 2001
Frank Herbert's Dune 2001

General information

Dune Wiki - The Duniverse
Dune2K.com - A major Dune fansite with an active community


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1] (removed with the official Install Fix)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.09 updates the game to the latest version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]

Delete or rename the file <path-to-game>\DATA\MOVIES\LEGALS.BIK

Lag fix in Windows 8/10[edit]

Follow the procedure[citation needed]

The game lags terribly in modern operating systems, such as Windows 8 and 10. In order to fix this, you have to use "dgVoodoo 2" by Dege. Follow the instructions in this video (Dark Ruler fix). The game will now run at 60 FPS in Windows 8 and 10. (Note: the program may be detected as malware; the developer of the program (Dege) asserts that it's merely a false positive).

  1. Download dgVoodoo2 and unpack it.
  2. Locate the file "dgVoodooSetup.exe" inside the MS folder.
  3. Copy and paste the files in the base game directory. By default it's "C:/Westwood/Emperor".
  4. Run "dgVoodooSetup.exe" in the game base folder.
  5. An application will open: select your appropriate graphics card from the drop down menu in "Adapters to use/enable"; in "Apperance," choose "Centered". Now click on the "DirectX" tab above. New options will appear: input "512 MB" in the "VRAM" menu. Deselect "dgVoodoo watermark". Click on the "apply" button, then press "OK."
  6. Run the game. Notice the main menu will still lag, but the game itself will run fine.

Playing without the CD[edit]

Follow the procedure[citation needed]
  1. Install the game.
  2. Install Patch 1.09.
  3. Download the official Install Fix.
  4. Extract the file EMPEROR.EXE from the Install Fix archive and copy it to <path-to-game>, overwriting the old file.
  5. Copy the contents of the game disks 2, 3, and 4 into separate folders in the games directory, e.g. CD2, CD3, and CD4.
  6. Edit the file <path-to-game>\resource.cfg. Look for the following section, where the letter X:\ represents the drive you installed the game from:




8. Replace the letter X:\ with the respective folders for each disk, e.g. Make sue you do the same for the Movies files as well.





9. Save the file and run the game.

Game data[edit]

Game options
Game options

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Westwood\Emperor\Options\[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\DATA\saves\[Note 3]

Video settings[edit]

Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Forcing a resolution other than 4:3 results in a cropped screen. See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use dgVoodoo 2
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced in video card's Control Panel or by using dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
UI animations are framerate dependent and seem to be intended for 30 FPS, playing twice as fast as they should at 60 FPS and four times as fast at 120 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound and Voice
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
4 Versus

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  3. 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).