Wing Commander: Privateer

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Wing Commander: Privateer
Wing Commander: Privateer cover
Origin Systems
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS September 23, 1993
Windows (DOSBox) June 2, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012
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Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

Key points

Music slows down if no controller is connected[2] (see Music slows down during spaceflight for the fix).

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check. Use DOSBox.
CD-ROM version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
macOS (OS X)
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Included with EA Play.
CD-ROM version pre-packaged with DOSBox.

Version differences[edit]

The CD-ROM version is a complete edition which includes the Righteous Fire expansion and full speech (different from the Speech Pack add-on which only voiced some content).[4]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Privateer - Speech Pack
macOS (OS X)
Privateer - Righteous Fire
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.SAV
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Privateer saves are *.SAV; Righteous Fire saves are *.PRS.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set in Graphic Mode Setup ( or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Speech Pack and CD-ROM have subtitles only if Sound F/X is disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issued fixed[edit]

Music slows down during spaceflight[edit]

Spaceflight music slows down if no controller is connected.[2]
Use patched PRCD.exe[5]
  1. Download the Wing Commander: Privateer spaceflight music speed fix.
  2. Extract into the Privateer installation folder, replacing the existing file when prompted.
Use patched PRCD.exe ( OS X)[citation needed]
  1. Download the Wing Commander: Privateer spaceflight music speed fix.
  2. Go to Applications.
  3. Right-click the Wing Commander Privateer app and choose Show Package Contents.
  4. Go to Contents.
  5. Go to Resources.
  6. Right-click Wing Commander Privateer.boxer and choose Show Package Contents.
  7. Go to C.harddisk.
  8. Extract the updated PRCD.EXE here and choose Replace when prompted.
Set DOSBox joysticktype (alternate method)[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file.
  2. Change joysticktype=auto to joysticktype=2axis
  3. Save your changes.
  4. Choose your control mode in-game (it defaults to Joystick). Music will play normally.
If you decide to use a controller later, edit the file again and adjust this setting as needed.

Other information[edit]


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

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 386DX/33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 570K+2.5 MB (EMS or XMS)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 180 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 180 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the 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).