Ultima IX: Ascension

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Ultima IX: Ascension
Ultima IX: Ascension cover
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 24, 1999
Series Ultima
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Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982
Ultima III: Exodus 1983
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness 1987
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny 1988
Ultima VI: The False Prophet 1990
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990
Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle 1993
Ultima VIII: Pagan 1994
Ultima Online 1997
Akalabeth: World of Doom 1998
Ultima IX: Ascension 1999

Key points

Change the renderer if you get a black screen when starting the game.

General information

The Codex of Ultima Wisdom - A huge wiki for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Install Patch v1.18f to remove.
Not available in some regions.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Skip intro videos[edit]

The intro video is automatically skipped once start.dat is generated.
Delete/rename column.dat[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename column.dat.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Options.ini[Note 2]
Key mappings are stored in <path-to-game>\Default.kmp.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 2]
start.dat determines the default starting save but saves can still be loaded without it (after completing enough of the tutorial to unlock save/load functions).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


In-game settings.
In-game settings.
Setup tool settings.
Setup tool settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For a wider FOV see the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Use Direct3D mode and a 32-bit color screen depth.
120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Edit Default.kmp. Left and right mouse buttons are hard-coded.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Toggle with Ctrl+I.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music and Speech. Set in options (Ctrl+O).
Surround sound
Set in Options.ini.
Enabled by default. Set in options (Ctrl+O).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 1; set in FinalSetup.exe.


Thai, Russian, Polish, Italian, Dutch/Greek, Spanish and Portuguese retail only have the manuals translated.[3]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
French retail only; not available digitally.
German retail only; not available digitally.
Japanese retail only; not available digitally.
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen[edit]

Change Game Rasterizer in Options.ini[4]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit Options.ini.
  3. Change Game Rasterizer=3 to Game Rasterizer=2
  4. Change GameScreenWidth= and GameScreenHeight= to your resolution.
  5. Change GameScreenDepth=16 to GameScreenDepth=32
  6. Save your changes.

Error when launching setup tool[edit]

The setup tool may open with an error: "The device you have selected does not appear to support all the functions required for Ultima IX: Ascension."
Change Game Rasterizer in Options.ini[4]

See Black screen.

FMV cutscenes are blank[edit]

Uninstall codec packs[5]

Uninstall any codec packs (e.g. K-Lite).

Other information[edit]


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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 7 compatible
These requirements are for the GOG.com release.


  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).