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Not to be confused with Fallout.

FlatOut cover
Bugbear Entertainment
Retail (Europe) Empire Interactive
Retail (Russia/CIS) Buka Entertainment
Retail (North America) Vivendi Universal Games
Retail (Italy/Spain) FX Interactive
Retail (Poland) Techland
Digital Strategy First
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2004
Linux (Wine) July 24, 2014[1]
Metacritic 72
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Racing, Tricks, Vehicle combat
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, tricks and vehicle combat game in the FlatOut series.

Key points

GameSpy multiplayer has been planned for the PC version. But it was not released. There are mentions of GameSpy for the PC version in patch 1.2.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
US: SecuROM 7 DRM (v1.2)
Europe/Russia/CIS: StarForce 4 DRM[Note 1] (v1.0/v1.1)
Polish and Czech release. (v1.1)
Publisher website
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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ZOOM Platform
Super Digital Deluxe Edition (v1.1)
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Russia, CIS. Bundled with FlatOut 2, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction.
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Version differences

GOG version has problems with textures and crashes in multiplayer.[4]
Super Digital Deluxe: ZOOM Platform version, has fixes that other versions don't have. It also has more supported languages.[5][6][7][8][9]

Essential improvements


Retail: Custom v1.1 Retail Patch
Steam: Custom v1.1 Steam Patch
Only the US version received patch 1.2.The patch is released only together with SecureRom. At the moment there is no solution for playing without a disc. The patch contains fixes for multiplayer, chat in multiplayer and other fixes.

Opening the launcher

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

Windows version[10]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Linux version[citation needed]

On's Linux version, the located in the install directory has to be modified to access the launcher. In the script, there is 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

Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix[10]
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 V-sync and the 100 FPS cap. (Doesn't work in Zoom Platform release)
Applying ZolikaPatch[citation needed]
  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>; replace the file(s) when prompted.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

Save game cloud syncing


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)

Set FOVFactor[10]
  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
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
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.[11] Select Hardware 3D in launcher.
Royalty free audio
The game uses licensed songs with no option to change to other songs


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Zoom Platform only.
Retail, Steam and Zoom Platform only; download for release.
ZOOM Platform only.
ZOOM Platform only. Fan Polish translation.
Retail and Zoom Platform only.


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
8 Only in US console version.

VR support

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

Issues fixed

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

Install the v1.1 patch

Missing car texture in some races (GOG)

Install this fix

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio DirectSound3D

System requirements

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. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[2][3] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  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.


  1. Now Supports Linux! - July 24, 2014 - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  3. Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  4. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-04-06
    Source would be nice to inform others about its severity.
  5. Update 1.1 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    - Updated to Game Version 1.1.
    - Various bug fixes.
    - Added German and Russian localization.
    - All languages now in single installer.
  6. Update 1.2 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    - Updated Installer to Version 1.2.
    - Added French, Italian and Spanish Manuals. Special Thanks to @SRDLINE | ZOOM!
  7. Update 1.3 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    - Added Czech, Polish and Hungarian localizations, alongside some fixes.
  8. Update 1.4 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    - Fixed Installer issues for some languages, added final localization fixes.
  9. Update 1.5 - ZOOM Platform Discord - last accessed on 2023-04-06
    FlatOut: Super Digital Deluxe Edition:
    - Updated to ZOOM Version 1.5.
    - All languages besides Russian are now selectable via the launcher. Russian uses its own executable.
    - Fixed a GPU load issue that was sometimes caused by opening the credits menu.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Verified by User:Nessy on 2022-03-19
  11. FlatOut with 3D spatial sound 🎧 (OpenAL Soft HRTF audio)