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Starsiege cover
Sierra On-Line
Release dates
Windows March 24, 1999
Monetization Freeware
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi
Series Metaltech
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Tribes (series)

Starsiege is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person action, FPS and shooter game in the Metaltech series.

The game was re-released for free by Hi-Rez Studios in 2015.

Use the Sierrahelp installer to play the game on Windows 7 and later and with no CD.

General information

Starsiege Mercenaries - Forum and fan site.
Starsiege Men in Black HQ - Forum and mod downloads.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original 2-CD set or 1-CD re-release.
Official website
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Freeware re-release

Version differences

The 1-CD release uses different music tracks than the original, while the freeware re-release lacks any music.
The freeware re-release has been patched to the latest version (1.04). For other versions, use the modern installer.

Essential improvements

Modern Windows installer

The Sierrahelp Starsiege Installer automatically applies the latest patch, rips all of the music tracks in high quality MP3 to play and loop in-game properly, adds a no-CD patch, and fixes the mouse issues on Windows 7.

Does not support the Tribes Universe freeware version. An alternative no-CD for the free version is available here.
If you change the install directory, then you will also need to change it in Console.cs in order for videos and voices to work
OpenGL32.dll causes menu lag on Windows 10, you can remove it after install

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\defaultPrefs.cs[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedGames[Note 1]


Detail settings.
Detail settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game supports all resolutions listed in Windows with no stretching.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV scales automatically with the resolution and cannot be manually changed.
Software rendering only.
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)
Enabled by default. The setting is broken and cannot be turned off.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Requires a 120hz monitor due to vsync.


Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Go to the controls menu, click Edit on the Look up/down setting with Mouse to the right of it, go to Advanced and untick the Flipped box.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Go to the controls menu, click Edit on the Look up/down setting with Joystick to the right of it, go to Advanced and untick the Flipped box.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio and general video settings.
Audio and general video settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
3D, 2D, and CD Music volume all have separate sliders.
Surround sound
DirectSound 3D, A3D 2.0, and EAX are all supported.
All story dialog is shown in a message box. Squad-mate chatter is not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0, EAX[1]
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
French is not available in any version but the French version of the game.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
32 The official WON multiplayer service was shut down.

Connection types

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer World Opponent Network


The Junkyard has many mods for Starsiege.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 95, or NT 4.0 SP4
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectDraw 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).