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Return to Krondor

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Return to Krondor
Return to Krondor cover
7th Level[1]
Retail Sierra On-Line
Digital Activision
Release dates
Windows November 1998
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Point and select
Genres RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Krondor
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Betrayal at Krondor 1993
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Return to Krondor 1998

Return to Krondor is a singleplayer cinematic camera RPG game in the Krondor series.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
List with item effects
Offical manual
Official Hintbook


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Oversized DRM (lead-out area shortened and used for data, to prevent most contemporary CD-RW drives from copying the method)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)

Essential improvements


The Update fixes the save problem with the book options, provides some DirectSound workarounds, and addresses some intermittent crashes. The patch is already included in the GOG and Steam version.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\RTKRONDOR.INI[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/564960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Books[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/564960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Max 60 fps.


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
Two buttons on your keyboard allow you to change perspective when the eye appears in the bottom left of the screen. On English keyboards, this is [ and ]. On German keyboards, it's ß and ´.
Holding the CTRL key enables the alternate actions, e.g. sprinting instead of walking and only doing a single attack instead of all at once.

It is highly recommended that you read the manual to find these and other options, since they are not explained in-game.


German release
German release

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Released as "Rückkehr nach Krondor" (retail-only). Can be added to GOG and Steam versions with this patch.[2]

Issues fixed

Game not starting

If the game fails to start, try one of the solutions in this thread (check all thread pages).

Large fonts

Some in-game text, mainly during combat (the top bar and the HP when hovering over your party), may be excessively-large due to the game's fonts using Windows' font scaling.

Deactivate display scaling[3]
  1. Open Windows' display settings (e.g. right-click on desktop -> display settings).
  2. Either set your resolution to one that comes with 100% default scaling (like 1920x1080), or put the scaling value manually to 100%.
  3. Then launch the game.

Notes: Seems to only be a problem in the GOG version.

Heavy graphical errors on Intel integrated GPU

Switch to dedicated GPU

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Standard executable is RtK.exe. GOG version precedes this with launcher.exe, which in turn calls RtK.exe. GOG version can also be launched directly from RtK.exe, but this makes texts harder to read (very noticable on spell descriptions).

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 575 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Requirements are for the release.

Original release

Operating system (OS) 95/98/NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  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 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>/564960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (564960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Return to Krondor article by Al Giovetti
  2. Available on Amazon - last accessed on 2021-02-16
  3. Verified by User:Stuttgart on 2021-08-21