The Settlers IV

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This page is for the original game. For the 2018 re-release, see The Settlers IV - History Edition.

The Settlers IV
The Settlers IV cover
Developers
Blue Byte|Ubisoft Düsseldorf|Blue Byte
Publishers
Early prints Blue Byte|Ubisoft Düsseldorf|Blue Byte
Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows February 15, 2001
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select, Multiple select
Genres Building, RTS
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Classical, Fantasy, Pre-Columbian Americas
Series The Settlers
The Settlers IV on MobyGames
The Settlers IV 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 - History Edition 2018
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici - History Edition 2018
The Settlers III: History Edition 2018
The Settlers IV - History Edition 2018
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) TBA

Warnings

Key points

The game doesn't run on a native Windows 10 system without a workaround. See Issues fixed.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Gold Edition.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

The Settlers IV: Gold Edition includes the base game, the Mission CD, and The Trojans and the Elixir of Power expansion pack.
The Settlers IV: Gold Edition Plus was only ever released in the German-speaking market. Aside from all the content of the Gold Edition, it includes Die Neue Welt expansion pack.

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mission CD
Windows
The Trojans and the Elixir of Power
Windows
Die Neue Welt Available only in German language before the release of History Edition
Windows
Community Pack: Historische Schlachten Available only in German language before the release of History Edition
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

2.50.1516a is the latest retail patch. Applies to all language versions. This patch does not remove the CD protection.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video\
  2. Delete or rename BB_logo.bik,S4.bik and UbiSoft_Logo.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config\GameSettings.cfg[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Russian
Unofficial translation by «7Wolf»

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8 Official multiplayer service has been shut down for the original version.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Retail version compatibility problems[edit]

Many bugs, glitches and crashes in every OS higher than Windows XP. Only the GOG.com version has better support.[citation needed]

Fatal error: Exception 0xc0000005 at 0x00468bd0![edit]

Occurs if something went wrong while using trading routes via ship (but not limited to this). It's a bug in the game itself.[3]

Music stops when playing as Mayan[edit]

When playing as Mayans, the music stops playing after a fight. This is a known bug that has never been been fixed. The music can be started again by moving the in-game Sound FX slider under Settings > Sound settings.[3]

Desynchronization issues[edit]

Multiplayer matches tend to end up desynchronized after a while even with stable connections. This is a known issue that has never been addressed.

Issues fixed[edit]

"Error initializing Graphic Interface" error (or black screen/game doesn't launch)[edit]

Use Windows 10 patch (DXwrapper)[4]
  1. Download The Settlers IV Windows 10 patch.
  2. Unzip the main fix to the installation folder.
  3. Unzip the editor fix to The Settlers IV 'Editor' folder.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1c[5]
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2, 98, 2000, ME, NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) Resolution of at least 800x600
4 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).

References