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Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer

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Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer cover
Developers
New World Computing
Publishers
2000-2003 3DO
2003-present Ubisoft
Re-release Sold Out Software
Engines
Outdoor environments Horizon
Indoor environments Labyrinth
Release dates
Windows March 7, 2000
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Might and Magic
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Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 1986
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World 1988
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra 1991
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen 1992
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen 1993
Might and Magic: World of Xeen 1994
Swords of Xeen 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic (series)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven 1998
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999
Crusaders of Might and Magic 1999
Arcomage 1999
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer 2000
Legends of Might and Magic 2001
Might and Magic IX 2002
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions 2013
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown Cancelled
Might & Magic: Chess Royale 2020

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
TELP subforum
Extensive guide
Celestial Heavens' subforum

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]; see Play without the CD for a workaround.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Ubisoft Store
Icon overlay.png
Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

GrayFace MM8 Patch

The GrayFace MM8 Patch fixes many gameplay bugs, while adding optional new features.

Skip intro videos

Enable NoIntro setting[citation needed]
  1. Install the GrayFace MM8 Patch.
  2. Run the game to generate mm8.ini.
  3. Go to the installation folder.
  4. Open mm8.ini
  5. Change NoIntro=0 to NoIntro=1
  6. Save your changes. The game will now go directly to the main menu.

Play without the CD

Enable NoCD setting[citation needed]
  1. Install the GrayFace MM8 Patch.
  2. Run the game to generate mm8.ini.
  3. Go to the installation folder.
  4. Open mm8.ini and ensure NoCD= is set to NoCD=1.
  5. This disables CD music; to use MP3 music instead see No music (GrayFace MM8 Patch).

Fix Audio stuttering

Allow the game to use more threads for audio.
  1. Install the GrayFace MM8 Patch.
  2. Right click MM8.exe. Click Properties.
  3. Go to compatibility tab.
  4. Change compatibility to Windows 7.

Notes: This fixes audio stuttering during load screens when music is playing/dialog is playing, and Fixes the audio lag during Arcomage.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\New World Computing\Might and Magic Day of the Destroyer\1.0\[Note 2]
GrayFace configuration settings are stored in <path-to-game>\mm8.ini

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect
[3]

Video

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with F4; needs 16-bit color unless using the GrayFace MM8 Patch.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
640x480 only.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music and Voice.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Most dialogue is text-only; voiced dialogue has no subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Czech localization for the M&M merge mod.
French
Available in the GOG.com version or use French translation.
French
[French localization for the M&M merge mod. https://www.celestialheavens.com/forum/10/16657]
German
Available in the GOG.com version or use Might & Magic 8 (GOG) - Deutscher Sprachpatch.
German
German localization for the M&M merge mod.
Polish
Polish localization for the M&M merge mod.
Russian
Russian localization for the M&M merge mod. There are two different options for the Russian localization, the version by Alexeevdenis and the version by Maslyonok.
Spanish
Spanish localization for the M&M merge mod.
Simplified Chinese
Retail only.
Traditional Chinese
Retail only.

Issues fixed

No music (GrayFace MM8 Patch)

Using the GrayFace MM8 Patch with the NoCD option stops music playing so you will need to use MP3s instead.
Enable MP3 playback (digital distribution versions)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit mm8.ini
  3. Change PlayMP3=0 to PlayMP3=1
  4. Save your changes. The music will now play in-game.
Rip the CD tracks (retail)[citation needed]
  1. Rip the Play disc music tracks in MP3 format.
  2. Rename them to 2.mp3 through 15.mp3.
  3. Make a new folder in the installation folder called Music and put the MP3s there.
  4. Go to the installation folder.
  5. Edit mm8.ini
  6. Change PlayMP3=0 to PlayMP3=1
  7. Save your changes. The music will now play in-game.

Other information

OpenMM8

OpenMM8 is an open source reimplementation using the Unity engine. This project is incomplete.

API

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

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, NT 4.0 SP4
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 375 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA DirectX-compatible
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] 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.[2]
  2. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  3. 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).

References