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Ground Control

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Ground Control
Ground Control cover
Massive Entertainment
Dark Conspiracy High Voltage Software[1]
2000-2008 Sierra Entertainment
2008-present Rebellion Developments
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows June 1, 2000
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
Themes Sci-fi
Series Ground Control
Ground Control on HowLongToBeat
Ground Control on MobyGames
Ground Control on Wikipedia
Ground Control
Ground Control 2000
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus 2004

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

General information

Ground Control Veterans 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)
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Anthology. Also bundled with the sequel.
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
ZOOM Platform
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Green Man Gaming (unavailable) Playfire Client Anthology
The base game has been released as a free download in order to promote the sequel.

Version differences

Ground Control Anthology includes the base game and the Dark Conspiracy expansion pack.


A free demo version is available from SierraHelp.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dark Conspiracy To access, run gc.exe with the -mod DARKCONS command line argument.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch is 1.011, and is available from Patches-Scrolls.

Map packs

Five official map packs are available from Patches-Scrolls.

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\games\settings.dat[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254820/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\games\game*[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254820/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only supports 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768 by default. See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Forced Vsync in hardware rendering, software rendering is uncapped.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Follows display refresh rate.

Widescreen resolution

  1. Download the following archive.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Extract all the files from the archive and overwrite.
  4. Open Resolution Changer.exe, then set the desired Width and Height.
  5. Launch the game through the Launch Ground Control.bat file.


If using Dynamic Super Resolution or Virtual Super Resolution and 4K Ultra HD, see this fix.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game joystick settings.
In-game joystick settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Game uses "software mouse". This means cursor will be laggy at lower frame rates.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Very limited modern controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and only.
Retail and only.
Retail only.
Retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 The official WON service has been shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Requires download of official files.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 15001, 15101, 15200, 20000-21000, 25000-25499
UDP 20000-21000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Crash on start on Windows 10

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download this patch
  2. Extract the zip folder and copy paste the .dll file into your installation directory.
  3. If you are not using widescreen mod you need to add argument -1600 to the gc.exe file or its shortcuts for the base game and expansion.

Poor framerate on Windows 8

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the following archive.
  2. Go to the installation folder, and extract the file.

Poor framerate on Wine

Ground Control does leverage the DrawPrimitive() Direct3D 7 call, which has some overhead. It is patched in old versions of Windows, but not recent ones anymore as it isn't really an issue on modern hardware. Yet, in Wine this call has a significant overhead, even on modern hardware. There's a user space patched ddraw.dll that does convert that call to a batching one, removing the overhead. Note that this patch also works & improves the framerate in recent Windows, but is less needed.

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Follow the instruction at to have a patching ddraw.dll.

Near-illegible text and buttons when using downscaling

If Dynamic Super Resolution or Virtual Super Resolution is used to achieve 4K resolutions, the game's text and buttons will become nearly illegible due to the downsampling involved.
Use dgVoodoo 2[3]
  1. Follow all instructions for the widescreen resolution fix, ensuring width and height are set to one of the following:
    1. 16:9 monitors: 1024 width, 576 height
    2. 16:10/8:5 monitors: 1024 width, 640 height
    3. 21:9 monitors: 1024 width, 432 height
  2. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2.
  3. Extract D3Dlmm.dll and DDraw.dll from the MS\x86 subfolder to <path-to-game> from the downloaded ZIP file.
  4. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe to <path-to-game>.
  5. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe and click on the DirectX tab.
  6. Under Resolution, select your monitor's native 4K resolution from the dropdown list.
  7. Click on the Apply button to save the configuration, the click OK.


This fix has been tested with Nvidia Dynamic Super Resolution.

Issues unresolved

Crash related to wireless peripherals

The game crashes on startup if the user has wireless peripherals (headsets, mice...), either with a black screen or with an error message reporting an access violation. Before the game is run, the USB dongle needs to be unplugged, and only plugged back in when the game's intro/menu is shown.[4] [5]

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer World Opponent Network

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible
Other 4X CD-ROM
The game has software rendering mode, which may have lower system requirements.
Windows 98 and ME are only supported with the original ATI Radeon, ATI Radeon 7200, and Nvidia video cards


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. High Voltage Software Additional Games
  2. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2016-06-30
  3. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2016-06-06
  4. Game won't start / Black Screen :: Ground Control II General Discussions - last accessed on 2022-09-11
  5. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-01-11
    Confirmed with the Logitech G533 wireless headset.