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Nexus: The Jupiter Incident

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Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
Nexus: The Jupiter Incident cover
Mithis Entertainment
Retail Sierra Entertainment
Retail, original digital HD Publishing
Current digital HandyGames
Black Sun
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2004
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Free-roaming camera
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS, Strategy
Themes Space, Sci-fi
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Nexus: The Jupiter Incident is a singleplayer and multiplayer free-roaming camera RTS and strategy game.

The and Steam versions have been updated with support for higher resolutions, improved multiplayer, and better compatibility with modern systems.[1][2]

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Modding Forum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo can be downloaded from

Essential improvements


The v1.01 Patch updates the retail release to the latest version. The and Steam versions are already patched.


Mods for the game are available in Steam workshop, on moddb and on Gamepressure.

NEXUS Skirmisher

This tool allows full Skirmish battles against the AI.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mithis\Nexus - The Jupiter Incident[Note 2]
%APPDATA%\Nexus - The Jupiter Incident\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6420/pfx/[Note 3]
The retail version uses the registry while the and Steam versions use the %APPDATA% location.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save[Note 4]
%APPDATA%\Nexus - The Jupiter Incident\save
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6420/pfx/[Note 3]
The Steam and GOG versions uses the %APPDATA% location.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native for and Steam;[1][2] for retail see Widescreen resolution.
Native for and Steam;[1][2] for retail see Widescreen resolution.
Native for and Steam;[1][2] for retail see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
4k can not be directly selected in the options menu, instead you have to set your desktop resolution to 4k and then select "Desktop" in the graphics menu. HUD can be scaled up in the same menu.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Native for and Steam; for retail see Widescreen resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync) and Steam versions only. Enabled by default (toggle in-game).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

These steps are for the retail version; the and Steam versions have native support (use the Desktop or other resolution choice in-game, or set in %APPDATA%\Nexus - The Jupiter Incident\Display.ini)
Change settings in registry[citation needed]
  1. Change the resolution once in the Game's Options Menu.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mithis\Nexus - The Jupiter Incident
  3. Change Display_Height and Display_Width to your resolution in Decimal mode (e.g. for 1920x1080 set Display_Height to 1080 and Display_Width to 1920).
  4. Test your settings.


For windowed mode, change Display_Mode value to 2 in decimal mode.
For multi-monitor resolutions set Display_Width to the single-display width (not the width of the group) and set Display_TripleHead to 1 to fix most UI issues.[5]

Field of view (FOV)

Edit rendering.ini[citation needed]
  1. Extract nexus_00.dat using daTool if you haven't already.
  2. Go to universe\engine in the installation folder.
  3. Edit rendering.ini
  4. Change the FOV value accordingly.
Try FOV 90 45 46.826 for 16:9 resolutions or FOV 80 45 46.826 for 16:10 resolutions.
There are some display issues with briefings and in-game titles, but everything else works as expected.


These steps are for the GOG/Steam version.
Set game to windowed mode[6]
  • Add parameter /win to the game shortcut.
  • Start the game from the mod_tools.exe file and select NEXUS windowed. This can be found in <path-to-game>\mod_tools folder.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Manual movement

There are two ways to move freely through space without targeting other objects:
1) Hold the N key to place a navigation point in space. By holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse backwards or forwards, you can also adjust the depth / z-axis of the point. Once a navigation point is set, you can use the normal controls to travel to it.
2) Hold the Shift key, then move your mouse where you want the currently selected ship to travel and release Shift there. The ship will now immediately travel there. You can again hold the left mouse button and use the mouse to adjust the depth / z-axis of movement as well.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound Effects, Dialog, Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by Clan Dlan (authors: Txiwi, Alexa154, L@Zar0), download.


Multiplayer types

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

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8, 9 The and Steam versions do not include Direct3D 8 support.[1][2]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Ogg Vorbis
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME
Processor (CPU) Pentium III 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] 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.[4]
  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. 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>/6420/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6420) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. 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).