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Empire Earth

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Empire Earth
Empire Earth cover
Stainless Steel Studios
The Art of Conquest Mad Doc Software
2001-2008 Sierra Entertainment
2008-present Rebellion Developments
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows November 12, 2001
Metacritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Series Empire Earth
Empire Earth on HowLongToBeat
Empire Earth on IGDB
Empire Earth guide on StrategyWiki
Empire Earth on MobyGames
Empire Earth on Wikipedia
Empire Earth
Empire Earth 2001
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World 2003
Empire Earth II 2005
Empire Earth III 2007

Empire Earth is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Empire Earth series.

General information

Empire Earth Heaven Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM. CD key only required for multiplayer.
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Gold Edition.
Gold Edition. Serial keys for multiplayer not supplied.
ZOOM Platform
Gold Edition.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable) Playfire Client Gold Edition.
Steam (unavailable)
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Gold Edition. Unpublished.
A free demo version is available from GameFront.

Version differences

The Gold Edition includes the base game and The Art of Conquest expansion pack. Early retail releases also included the official strategy guide by Prima Games.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Art of Conquest

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies
  2. Delete or rename the video files.
  3. Repeat for the expansion if it is installed.


The latest official patch for the base game is 2.0, available from Empire Earth Heaven. It requires the 1.004 patch installed first.
The Art of Conquest expansion never received an official patch.

NeoEE Lobby Client

NeoEE Lobby Client replaces the official multiplayer servers, adds new language support, fixes bugs and adds new content (maps, game modes, resource options).

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254760/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Saved Games[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254760/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-; HUD elements are stretched. Main menu is always 1024x768.
4K Ultra HD
Game displays black screen at 2560x1440 and above.
Field of view (FOV)
See Adjust Zoom Distance.
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Adjust Zoom Distance

The game's zoom level will be very close on high resolutions such as 1920x1080.
Empire Earth Zoom Changer[1]
  1. Use Empire Earth Zoom Changer to increase the zoom limit.
Only works for the original .exe binaries and NeoEE patched binaries.
dreXmod 2.0
  1. Use dreXmod 2.0 to increase the zoom limit.
Also allows for multiplayer scenario hosting and more multiplayer related features.
Works for both the base game and The Art of Conquest.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only
Retail only; download for digital releases
Retail only; download for digital releases
Retail only
Retail only
Retail only Details
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation
Retail only, download for Empire Earth and The Art of Conquest.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
The official WON service was shut down on November 1, 2008; use the NeoEE Lobby Client.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
See NeoEE Lobby Client.
Direct IP
Use the Direct Connect tab.

Issues fixed

Crash on using Hardware T&L

Certain modern graphics cards may cause the game to crash when using hardware T&L.
This issue does occur in Windows 10
Use dgVoodoo2[2]
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe, as well as DDraw.dll and D3Dlmm.dll from the MS\x86 subfolder folder to <path-to-game>.
  3. Start the game.
  4. Go to the video settings.
  5. From the Video Card dropdown menu, select dgVoodoo.
  6. From the 3D Acceleration list, select Direct3D Hardware TnL.
  7. Select your desired resolution from the Screen Resolution list.
  8. Click OK.

Game freezes in main menu (Windows 10)

Disable all the options in Compatibility tab in Properties for game's executable[citation needed]

Game is stuck in 24Hz on HDMI monitor

Create a custom resolution with higher refresh rate[citation needed]
It may not be possible to use the native resolution with this following option.

Depending on the GPU, create a custom resolution for the monitor with 75 Hz of refresh rate.

Game crashes after loading Asian mission 3 in Polish language version

Spam F4 (quick save) during the loading screen and if the game crashes - run the game and load last quick save.[citation needed]

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1a[3]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer World Opponent Network

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 350 MHz or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 550 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0a compatible
Supported video cards: Nvidia Riva128, Nvidia TNT, Nvidia TNT2, Nvidia GeForce 256, Nvidia GeForce2, Nvidia GeForce3, 3dfx Voodoo3, 3dfx Voodoo4, 3dfx Voodoo5, S3 Savage 4, S3 Savage 2000, Matrox G200, Matrox G400, Matrox G450, ATI Rage Pro (excluding 4 MB PCI), ATI Rage 128, ATI Rage Fury MAXX, ATI Radeon, PowerVR Kyro II, PowerVR Kyro Series3, Savage 3D


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. 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. Verified by User:Nessy on 2019-07-13
  2. Verified by User:Expack3 on 28 May 2015
  3. Verified by User:Nessy on 2019-07-19
    Version number found in Mss32.dll in the game installation folder.