Vanguard Princess

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Vanguard Princess
Vanguard Princess cover
Developers
Tomoaki "Suge9" Sugeno
Publishers
Tomoaki "Suge9" Sugeno
eigoManga
Engines
Fighter Maker 2nd
Release dates
Windows June 26, 2009
macOS (OS X) March 29, 2016[1]
Linux August 29, 2016[2]
Taxonomy
Monetization Freeware, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling
Controls Direct control
Genres Fighting
Art styles Anime
Themes Supernatural
Vanguard Princess on MobyGames
Vanguard Princess on Wikipedia

Key points

Original Japanese release is available to download for free. This article is mostly based on English version and noted if there are differentiations between two version.

General information

Vanguard Princess Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
DRM-free
Original Japanese freeware version (v1.0.8).
Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be played without Steam.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All English versions require Steam DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Director's Cut Free DLC that restores the uncut content into the English version. Available here.
Windows
Hilda Rize Adds Hilda Rize as a playable character along with character-related features and additional MP3s for the Artwork and Soundtrack DLC. Available here.
Windows
Lilith Adds Lilith-related features. Available here.
Windows
Kurumi Adds Kurumi-related features and additional MP3 music tracks for the Artwork and Soundtrack DLC. Available here.
Windows
Online Deluxe Includes an external netplay client with match making and chat features, adds new stages, alternate character storylines, and in-game music from the Artwork and Soundtrack DLC. Available here.
Windows
Digital Comic Series A digital comic adaptation of the game in PDF format along with a collection of high-resolution artworks. Available here
Windows
All DLCs are exclusive to the English version on Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Steam version is always kept up to date. The last update for the Japanese freeware version is v1.0.8. For the older non-Steam English version, download patch latest patch here (v1.3.1).

FM2K Controller Fix[edit]

An unofficial modification of the Fighter Maker 2nd 2000 executable that allows games using this engine to support D-pad inputs along with analog stick movement. Can be downloaded here. This is only recommended for the original Japanese freeware version, as the English Steam version already has been updated to support D-pad input from XInput controllers.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\game.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Game doesn't feature save game data.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Freely resizeable window, everything scales from base resolution of 640x480 with nearest-neighbor filtering.
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
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at ~100 FPS.[4]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
Controller rebinding.
Controller rebinding.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
For cutscenes only, which do not have voice acting.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Only English version.
Japanese
In English version, only audio.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't launch[edit]

For Windows 8 and later, enable DirectPlay.

Low frame rate[edit]

This may be cause from game constantly searching for connected controllers. If none are being used, uncheck Activate game controller(s) from Game settings.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8.x
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  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

  1. Now Available For Mac OS X - Steam Community Annoucements - last accessed on 2020-05-17
  2. Vanguard Princess Is Now Available For Linux - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2020-05-17
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-05-17
    Tested on v1.8.7.
  4. Verified by User:Marioysikax on 9 September 2015
    Tested with 120 FPS recording.