Victoria II

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Victoria II
Victoria II cover
Paradox Development Studio
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Paradox Interactive
Release dates
Windows August 13, 2010
macOS (OS X) September 17, 2010
Victoria II on MobyGames
Victoria II on Wikipedia
Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun 2003
Victoria II 2010

Key points

Some bug fixes, improvements and overhauls are only available to owners of the expansions. (See Essential Improvements for details)

General information

Paradox Interactive Forums Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
DRM details are not known
Steam and Amazon versions, as well as retail are all available. Select which one you want from the box
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Civil War Edition. Multiplayer is unavailable.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
A House Divided
macOS (OS X)
Heart of Darkness
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

The Civil War Edition includes the base game and A House Divided DLC.

Essential improvements[edit]

The Expansions add some extremely important features QoL changes like being able to manufacture war justifications against other states, managing rebellious movements, the ability to actually see your infamy score and a colonisation mechanic among other needed changes. [1]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable intro video[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename the movies folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Victoria 2\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42960/pfx/[Note 1]
Some configuration files are stored in <path-to-game>\save games
Mod configuration files are stored in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Victoria 2\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save games[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42960/pfx/[Note 1]
Mod saves are stored in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Victoria 2\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Enable anisotropic filtering[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Victoria 2\
  2. Open settings.txt
  3. Change anisotropic_filtering = 0 to a value between 1 and 16

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Not applicable; entire game is driven with your mouse cursor.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No voiced audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashing on Windows 8/XP: map cache[edit]

This crash is caused by map cache data from an old version downloading with the game on Steam.
Fix crash on Windows 8/XP[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\map\
  2. Delete the cache folder.
  3. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Victoria 2\map\
  4. Delete the cache folder.
  5. Restart Victoria II and let it regenerate the map cache.

Crashing on Windows XP: Incompatible lua5.1.dll & lua51.dll files[edit]

This crash is caused by the included LUA scripting DLLs being incompatible with Windows XP, which prevent the game from starting.

Replace files[citation needed]
  1. Download older LUA DLLs version
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Rename or remove the original lua5.1.dll and lua51.dll files.
  4. Extract lua5.1.dll and lua51.dll from to the installation folder.


Alternatively, the lua5.1.dll and lua51.dll from Hearts of Iron III can be used.
Some versions of the game with the Heart of Darkness DLC installed may still crash in the middle of loading.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Active modding community found in the official forums or moddb.
Some brief descriptions of mods can be found on the official wiki.
Most mods require both expansions and the beta 3.04 patch
Installing the beta patch on Steam
  1. Open the games properties, switch to the betas tab and from there, select the 3.04 patch.

Historical Project Mod (HPM)[edit]

Requires Heart of Darkness DLC and beta 3.04
Adds significant historical flavor and features to the game, particularly through events and decisions
The Github wiki contains numerous minimods and addons
Install HPM
  1. Download the latest version of HPM.
  2. Extract HPM into the mod folder in the installation folder.
  3. Click the check box next to the mod's name in the game launcher
  4. Official Github/Mirror

Historical Flavour Mod (HFM)[edit]

Fork of an older HPM version, adds a significant amount of nations & decisions but is considered more limiting in freedom as the events can railroad the player in historical scenarios
Install HFM
  1. Download the latest version of HFM.
  2. Extract HFM into the mod folder in the installation folder.
  3. Click the check box next to the mod's name in the game launcher

Cold War Enhancement Mod (CWE)[edit]

Two new starting dates,1946 & 1992. Countless new events, nations, decisions and mechanics
Based on New World Order (NWO)
Install CWE
  1. Download the latest version of CWE through Moddb or Github. The Moddb link is out of date so Github should be preferable.
  2. Extract CWE into the mod folder in the installation folder.
  3. The optional music files can be found here and need to be extracted in the mods music folder (/mod/CWE/music/).
  4. Click the check box next to the mod's name in the game launcher


Open source re-implementation of the engine
Under development

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD 3500+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon X1900 or above


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/42960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (42960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. 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).