Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi

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Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi cover
Developers
Origin Systems
Release dates
DOS 1991
Windows October 15, 1996
Windows (DOSBox) August 25, 2011
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012[1]
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Wing Commander
Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi 1991
Wing Commander: Academy 1993
Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
Super Wing Commander 1994
Wing Commander: Armada 1994
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1996
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

Key points

Characters can be imported from Wing Commander (see Import characters).

General information

Wing Commander Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes both expansions and Wing Commander. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The game was ported to Windows as part of Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Speech Accessory Pack Adds digital voices to wingmen during firefights.
DOS
Special Operations 1
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Special Operations 2
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Import characters[edit]

Copy SAVEGAME.WLD[citation needed]
  1. Go to GAMEDAT in the Wing Commander installation folder.
  2. Copy SAVEGAME.WLD.
  3. Go to GAMEDAT in the Wing Commander II installation folder and paste SAVEGAME.WLD.
  4. Launch the game and choose the campaign to transfer data from.
  5. Enter the path relative to DOSBox's mounted folder; for the GOG.com version this is C:\GAMEDAT
  6. Choose the character you want and enter a first name; last name, callsign, total sorties and kills are imported.

Patches[edit]

Special Operations 1 and 2 (The Kilrathi Saga)[edit]

Special Operations 1 and 2 adds the missions from the original expansions. Extract somewhere convenient and run SO12Inst.exe.
The Kilrathi Saga version of Wing Commander II must be installed (the DOS version will not work). If the installer doesn't see the installation, see Special Operations won't install.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GAMEDAT\SAVEGAME.WC2
Windows <path-to-game>\GAMEDAT\SAVEGAME.WC2[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

GOG.com Graphic Mode Setup.
GOG.com Graphic Mode Setup.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
64-bit executable

Issues fixed[edit]

EXE has stopped working (The Kilrathi Saga)[edit]

Set Windows 95 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the properties of the named EXE.
  2. Enable Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode.
  3. Click OK.

Special Operations won't install[edit]

Install Special Operations manually[citation needed]
  1. Extract Special Operations 1 and 2 somewhere temporarily.
  2. Move the four EXE files to the main wc2 folder, replacing all existing files.
  3. Move all other files to wc2\gamedat replacing all existing files.
  4. Go to the properties of SO1.EXE and SO2.EXE and set both to run in Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
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

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter 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).

References