Privateer 2: The Darkening

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Privateer 2: The Darkening
Privateer 2: The Darkening cover
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS December 9, 1996
Windows November 4, 1997
Windows (DOSBox) September 19, 2013[1]
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres Action, Business, Simulation, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space, Piracy
Series Wing Commander
Privateer 2: The Darkening on IGDB
Privateer 2: The Darkening on MobyGames
Privateer 2: The Darkening on Wikipedia
Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi 1991
Wing Commander: Academy 1993
Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
Super Wing Commander 1994
Wing Commander: Armada 1994
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1996
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

Key points

Use the Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch to remove FMV interlacing and improve stability.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
DOS (original) or Windows (Deluxe).
DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]


Version 17.0e (Buffalo Wings) patch (DOS)[edit]

  • The latest official patch 17.0e (Buffalo Wings, English DOS version only) is available at
  • The and Windows versions are already patched.
  • The unofficial Enhancement Patch 3 is also available at

Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch[edit]

The Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch removes video interlacing and fixes many other issues.
Set up Unofficial Patch[citation needed]
  1. Download the Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch.
  2. Extract into the installation folder.
  3. Right-click DARKFIX.EXE in the installation folder and choose Properties.
  4. Click Compatibility and select the Run in Compatibility Mode check box. Select Windows 95.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.
  6. If you are using an original CD version you need to copy the files from all three CDs into the installation folder.
  7. If your game is not installed on your C: drive you have to edit the DARK.FIX file and change the first two lines in order to match with your installation folder (e.g. C:. -> D:.)
  8. Use DARKFIX.EXE to run the game from now on.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DARK.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\DARK.CFG[Note 1]
Settings for the Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch are stored in <path-to-game>\DARK.FIX.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GAME0*.IFF
Windows <path-to-game>\GAME0*.IFF[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only. Use the Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch for pillarboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
True for DOS version (when using DOSBox), false for Windows version.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game is capped to around 30 FPS.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Toggle Flight Model Orientation in in-flight options (Alt+O).
Controller support
Full controller support
Space flight only.
Controller remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Toggle Flight Model Orientation in in-flight options (Alt+O).
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

No music during space flight (Windows)[edit]

The Windows version only plays music when running in compatibility mode.
Install Unofficial Patch[3]

Install the Privateer 2 Unofficial Patch.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible


  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).