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UFO: Aftershock

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UFO: Aftershock
UFO: Aftershock cover
Altar Games
2005-2018 1C Company
2018-2022 1C Entertainment
2022-present Fulqrum Publishing
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2005
Metacritic 67
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series UFO
UFO: Aftershock on HowLongToBeat
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UFO: Aftershock on Wikipedia
UFO: Aftermath 2003
UFO: Aftershock 2005
UFO: Afterlight 2007

UFO: Aftershock is a singleplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the UFO series.

General information

Modding forums for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1]
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Version 1.2.1
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Version 1.2.1
ZOOM Platform
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements


Patch 1.3 (over 1.2 or 1.2.1) is available from the official site or StrategyCore

Game data

Configuration file location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>\options.txt[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/289500/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>\Saves\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/289500/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


UFO: Aftershock system settings menu.
UFO: Aftershock system settings menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Locked at 1024x768. See Widescreen resolution for fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Add --option fullscreen=FALSE in shortcut
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Options 1 to 8
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Widescreen resolution[5]
  1. Download the widescreen fix.
  2. Go to the installation folder and create a backup of the original UFO.exe.
  3. Open archive and extract files from selected resolution into installation folder. Overwrite when asked.


Currently supported resolutions are 1600x900, 1680x1050 and 1920x1080.
Sometimes this fix will cause game to render partially off screen. See Off screen rendering fix bellow.
Off screen rendering fix[citation needed]
  1. Delete or rename widescreenmod.vfs file and Profile folder. Backup your saves if necessary.
  2. Run original UFO.exe, create new profile and set your options.
  3. Apply widescreen fix again and run the game.


You can keep both original exe and fixed exe in same folder, but you have to delete or rename widescreenmod.vfs because original version will load this file as well.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Anisotropic filtering[citation needed]
  1. Replace Aftershock's default desktop shortcut with the one from its Start menu folder (probably ...\Cenega Czech\UFO Aftershock), reading "High Quality" or something to that effect.
  2. Manually force 16x AF from your graphics card settings.


The resulting sharper textures and (consequentially) more detailed gloss maps add up to a significant increase in the overall visual experience, compared to "vanilla" game.



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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and only.
Retail and only.
Retail, Steam and only.
Retail only.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, requires very important settings, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
AMD Athlon 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9500
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/289500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (289500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.