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FlatOut cover
Bugbear Entertainment
Retail (Europe) Empire Interactive
Retail (North America) Vivendi Universal Games
Digital Strategy First
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2004
Linux (Wine) July 24, 2014[1]
Metacritic 72
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Racing, Tricks
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading, Track racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series FlatOut
FlatOut on HowLongToBeat
FlatOut on IGDB
FlatOut on MobyGames
FlatOut on Wikipedia
FlatOut 2004
FlatOut 2 2006
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 2008
FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction 2011
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity 2017

FlatOut is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person action, racing and tricks game in the FlatOut series.

General information

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


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Opening the launcher[edit]

After the first time launching the game, the launcher won't show up again rendering the player unable to reconfigure the settings.

Windows version[4]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Linux version[citation needed]

On GOG.com's Linux version the start.sh located in the install directory has to be modified to access the launcher. In the script there's an option to edit how the game is launched. Look for default() { and change the lower line run_game to run_settings. After that the game launcher starts as default, but it can be changed back.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix[4]
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\video\
  2. Delete or rename bugbear.avi, empire.avi, intro.avi, and nvidia.avi.


Removes forced VSync and the 100FPS cap
Applying ZolikaPatch[citation needed]
  1. Download the ZPatchFO1_v#.#.zip file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>\ (replace the file(s) when prompted).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6220/pfx/[Note 3]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6220/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Game's launcher.
Game's launcher.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched 4:3. To correct the ratio use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
Stretched 4:3. To correct the ratio use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
4K Ultra HD
Stretched 4:3. To correct the ratio use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use ZolikaPatch to disable it.
60 FPS
Frame rate is cut in half when slow motion is used.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS. Use ZolikaPatch to remove the cap outside menus.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOVFactor[4]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Edit Flatout.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FOVFactor to the desired value.


Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download d3d9hook.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll to <path-to-game>.


Input settings.
Input settings.
Controls mapping.
Controls mapping.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse support.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Button bound to Handbrake works as Select, Nitro works as Back.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
For XInput controllers see XInput force feedback vibration in DirectInput games.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
In menus, Controller and KB/M can be used at the same time. Controller used for races has to be set in the settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Menu music, In-game music, Effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1. Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
DirectSound3D.[5] Select Hardware 3D in launcher.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Steam only; download for GOG.com release.
See Polish.


A high quality Polish translation was made by PL Projekt group. It can be downloaded from Graj Po Polsku.

Installing Polish translation with Steam version of the game[citation needed]
  1. Download the translation and install it to an empty folder.
  2. Go to that folder and copy PLProjekt.bfs.
  3. Go to the installation folder.
  4. Edit filesystem.ini.
  5. After [3] = "europe.bfs", add a line:
    • [4] = "PLProjekt.bfs",
  6. Save changes and run the game.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Hot seat
Bonus Rag-Doll Sports Mode, but missing split screen.
LAN play
Online play

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

"Access Denied - Please login with administrator privileges and try again" error on launch[edit]

The SecDrv.Sys driver required by SafeDisc is not running. SecDrv.sys has been disabled by a hotfix. Refer to kb3086255 for workaround details (this does not work for Windows 10).
Install the (Un)official Russian 1.1 patch[citation needed]
This works with all versions of Windows.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1500+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] 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.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/6220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.