Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance

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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance cover
Totally Games
Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows March 24, 1999
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Star Wars: X-Wing
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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance on IGDB
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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance on Wikipedia
Star Wars: X-Wing
Subseries of Star Wars
Star Wars: X-Wing 1993
Star Wars: TIE Fighter 1994
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 1997
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance 1999

Key points

A controller or joystick is required for playing the game - without it, the game won't even start.
Installing the CD-version on 64-bit systems requires a workaround. See Installing retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows.
Locked at 24 FPS.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
X-Wing Wiki With lots of useful information
X-Wing Alliance Upgrade project Community dedicated to enhancing the game.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Humble Store
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Included with EA Play Pro.
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Essential improvements[edit]


  • The latest official patch 2.02 is available here and at

Latest official patch. Digital releases are pre-patched.

Utility with useful tweaks and fixes. Requires game to be patched to 2.02 to work.

This patch will modify Steam's executable in order for it to be compatible with XWAHacker. DO NOT use it on non-Steam version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Start xwingalliance.exe with skipintro command line argument[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.cfg[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/361670/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\<user-id>.plt[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/361670/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Install XWAHacker[citation needed]
  1. Download XWA Hacker and extract it to the installation folder.
  2. Run changeres.bat. The program will ask you to pick a resolution to modify.
  3. Pick 800x600.
  4. Next input the horizontal resolution you want when prompted and then the vertical.
  5. Now run the game and pick 800x600. The game will then run at the resolution you specified. A vertical resolution greater than 1200 will likely lead to crashes.
  6. To further improve graphics and performance also run 32bitmode.bat. Keep in mind this might distort the colors of in-game menus.


A user friendly app-version of XWA Hacker is available here
Main-menu is always rendered at 640x480.
This fix doesn't work with Steam version. Use XWAU Craft Pack installer instead.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Patch the graphics to 32-bit before forcing AF from the level of graphical drivers. See Widescreen resolution. Automatically enabled if using xwaupgrade patches or ddraw.dll wrapper (e.g.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Patch the graphics to 32-bit before forcing AA from the level of graphical drivers. See Widescreen resolution.

Forcing antialiasing might make in-game fonts distorted, to prevent that, enable "Alternate Pixel Centers" if you have an ATI card. Alternatively, force Supersampling anti-aliasing (SSAA) to resolve font distortion.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, engine, effect, cockpit sound, exterior sound
Surround sound
Need A3D. See DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0 (2.02 update mandatory)


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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing retail version on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Installing a game using alternative installer[citation needed]

The game installer is a 16-bit program meaning it will not run natively on a 64-bit machine.

  1. Go to Markus Egger website and grab the appropriate installer (note that there is one for the German version of the game and one for the English/Italian).
  2. Follow the instructions here to create a fixed disc.


If the autostart-menu doesn't pop up run SETUP.EXE directly from the disc.

Graphical corruption when running in 3D-accelerated mode[edit]

Install XWAHacker[citation needed]
  1. Download XWAHacker (requires game to be patched to 2.02 to work)
  2. Extract it to your game-folder.
  3. Run fixedclear.bat.
  4. The .exe should now be patched to fix this issue. You can also try downloading this ddraw.ddl and put it in the installation folder.

Interface flashes rapidly[edit]

Turn off Crossfire/SLI[citation needed]
  • If you're using Crossfire/SLI - turn it off.

Fonts in-game are messed up[edit]

Replace fonts[citation needed]
Change anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  • Text corruption might also be caused by forcing anti-aliasing (to prevent that, enable "Alternate Pixel Centers" if you have an ATI card).

Can't activate 3D-audio[edit]

Edit settings of Creative Alchemy[citation needed]

If you're a using creative sound card and have Alchemy installed try adding the following to it:
[Star Wars X-Wing Alliance]

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\X-Wing Alliance\v1.0\Install Path


Can't enable 3d acceleration[edit]

Steam Controller doesn't work[edit]

Replace game's launcher with the game's EXE[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Rename alliance.exe to something different.
  3. Make a copy of xwingalliance.exe and rename it to alliance.exe.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 131 MB (minimal installation)
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM


  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>/361670/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (361670) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2017-09-12
    It has to be xwingalliance.exe or its copy. It cannot be a launcher!
  2. Star Wars X-Wing Alliance Hyper Space Fixed with ultrawide 21:9 resolution - last accessed on 2021-06-19
  3. XWA Getting Steam Controller Working || Steam Guide