The Settlers

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This page is for the original game. For the 2020 soft reboot, see The Settlers (2020).

The Settlers
The Settlers cover
Blue Byte
Release dates
DOS May 18, 1994
Windows August 17, 2018
The Settlers guide on StrategyWiki
The Settlers on MobyGames
The Settlers on Wikipedia
The Settlers 1994
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici 1996
The Settlers III 1998
The Settlers IV 2001
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings 2004
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary 2006
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire 2007
Die Siedler: Aufbruch der Kulturen 2008
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 2010
The Settlers Online 2012
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - History Edition 2018
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire - History Edition 2018
The Settlers 7: History Edition 2018
The Settlers (2020) 2020

Key points

Also known under the names Die Siedler and Serf City: Life is Feudal.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Ubisoft Store
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History Edition. Included with Ubisoft+ as part of The Settlers History Collection.

Essential improvements[edit]


  • Freeserf is a faithful clone of The Settlers, that uses original game's files. It adds many improvements to the original, most notably - widescreen resolution support and improved mouse handling.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SNDSTUP.DAT

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.DS

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Ubisoft Connect


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Possible when using Freeserf. UI and game scalling is adjusted by [ and ].
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle by pressing Alt+ Enter when running using DosBOX.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Possible when using Freeserf.
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
Variable framerate, tied to game's internal refresh cycle.[1]
High dynamic range display (HDR)



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Requires either a joystick or COM mouse. May be impossible to play on newer systems.
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA Menu is rendered always in VGA mode.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Freeserf has 64-bit builds.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 386 - 16 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA


  1. Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2017-05-23
    The game seems to be rendering a frame only if needed. So, if the cursor has moved or world tick happened (characters moved) etc. varies between 10-60fps, generally running at incredibile 13 fps, when cursor is not moving.