Empire Earth

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Empire Earth
Empire Earth cover
Stainless Steel Studios
The Art of Conquest Mad Doc Software
Retail until 2008 Sierra Entertainment
Digital, retail from 2008 Rebellion Developments
Release dates
Windows November 12, 2001
Metacritic 81
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
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

Key points

Official multiplayer servers were shut down on November 3, 2008; use NeoEE Lobby Client instead.

General information

Empire Earth Heaven
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Gold Edition - Includes the expansion pack The Art of Conquest.
Gold Edition - Includes the expansion pack The Art of Conquest.
Green Man Gaming Playfire Client Gold Edition - Includes the expansion pack The Art of Conquest.
ZOOM Platform
Gold Edition - Includes the expansion pack The Art of Conquest.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Art of Conquest

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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 you have it.


A list of patches for the game can be found here. The GOG.com version is already patched.

NeoEE Lobby Client[edit]

NeoEE Lobby Client replaces the official multiplayer servers which were shut down on November 3, 2008.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Saved Games[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hud elements are stretched.
4K Ultra HD
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[edit]

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

Input settings[edit]

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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only
Retail only
Retail only. Files are available to download.
Retail only
Retail only
Retail only
Retail only, download for Empire Earth and The Art of Conquest.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Use Save-EE Lobby Client to replace the official servers.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Use the Direct Connect tab.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on using Hardware T&L[edit]

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 dgVoodoo2.
  2. Open the ZIP file downloaded and copy DDraw.dll and D3Dlmm.dll from the MS folder.
  3. Paste the file into the installation folder.
  4. Start the game.
  5. Go to the video settings.
  6. From the Video Card dropdown menu, select dgVoodoo.
  7. From the 3D Acceleration list, select Direct3D Hardware TnL.
  8. Select your desired resolution from the Screen Resolution list.
  9. Click OK.


If you use a multi-monitor setup and intend to play the game fullscreen, you'll also need to extract dgVoodooSetup.exe to the folder of your choosing so you can set the display monitor to your primary (See Readme.txt, included in the ZIP file, for more details).
Requires a GPU capable of DirectX 10.1 or higher and Windows Vista (patched with the DirectX 11 Platform Update) or higher.

Game freezes in main menu (Windows 10)[edit]

Disable all the options in Compatibility tab in Properties for game's executable[3]

Game is stuck in 24Hz on HDMI monitor[edit]

Create a custom resolution with higher refresh rate[4]
You may not be able to use the native resolution with this following option.

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

On 1080p monitors, the 75 Hz is supported up to 720p.

While on 4K monitor, it supports up to 1080p.

Nvidia users can create one by going into Nvidia Control Panel → Change Resolution → Adjust

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1a[5]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer WON Official multiplayer servers were shut down on November 3, 2008.

System requirements[edit]

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. 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. Tested by Nessy
  2. Verified by User:Expack3 on 28 May 2015
  3. December 2017
  4. December 2017
  5. Verified by User:Nessy on 2019-07-19
    Version number found in Mss32.dll in the game installation folder.