Ultima VIII: Pagan

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Ultima VIII: Pagan
Ultima VIII: Pagan cover
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS March 15, 1994
Windows (DOSBox) April 19, 2012[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) April 23, 2013[2]
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Key points

Can be run under ScummVM.[3]

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
DRM details are not known
Floppies or CD-ROM.
Gold Edition. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
macOS (OS X)
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Gold Edition. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Included with EA Play. Not available in some regions.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Speech Pack Included in all Gold Edition releases (both retail and digital).
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

The Gold Edition is a complete edition which includes the Speech Pack add-on.

Essential improvements[edit]


The v2.12 Patch fixes various issues with the English, German and French floppy versions of the game. CD-ROM and digital versions are already patched.


Pentagram allows running the game at higher resolutions and has other enhancements.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\U8.INI
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
U8.INI contains installation settings; in-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared.
Pentagram settings are in pentagram.ini, located in %APPDATA%\Pentagram\ on Windows, ~/Library/Application Support/Pentagram/ on OS X or ~/.pentagram/ on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME\
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
SGHEADER.DAT contains save game names.
Pentagram saves are in %APPDATA%\Pentagram\u8-save\ on Windows, ~/Library/Application Support/Pentagram/u8-save/ on OS X or ~/.pentagram/u8-save/ on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.


In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set Pentagram resolution[5]
  1. Install Pentagram.
  2. Run Pentagram once to generate the necessary files.
  3. Go to the Pentagram game data folder.
  4. Open pentagram.ini.
  5. Set width and height to your actual output resolution.
  6. Set scalex and scaley to the resolution to scale from (e.g. half of the output resolution).
  7. Save your changes.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Most dialogue is text-only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


The Italian, Chinese, Korean and Polish retail versions only have the manuals translated, not the game itself.[6][7][8][9]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japanese retail only. Speech is in English.[10]
Spanish retail only. An unofficial translation is also available.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5
Processor (CPU) Intel 486 33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA graphics card
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).