You Are Empty

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You Are Empty
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Mandel ArtPlains
Digital Spray Studios
1C Company
North America Atari
DS2 Engine
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2006
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StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 4 DRM[Note 1].
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Installing both official patches is highly recommended.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Get PATCH_1_2.EXE and PATCH_1_SND.EXE from here.
  2. Install PATCH_1_2.EXE.
  3. Install PATCH_1_SND.EXE.
North American PC release appears to have been already patched.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\YaE\
config_engine contains engine settings.
config_user contains user settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\YaE\savegames\

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Some animations, such as crouching or enemy animations, appear to run at a lower refresh rate than the one currently selected (ie enemies appear to move at 30FPS at 60).
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

There is a fix for 16:9 widescreen mode. It increases the player's FOV and fixes stretching of HUD and animated cutscenes. Comparison video.
Installation[citation needed]
  1. Download the fix from here.
  2. Copy scripts_you_are_empty_widescreen.pak from downloaded archive to <path-to-game>\gameres\scripts\you_are_empty.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\gameres\scripts\you_are_empty\.
  2. Open scripts_you_are_empty.pak with a file archiver like 7-Zip.
  3. Go into prototypes\actors\actor_player.
  4. Extract actor_player_design.lua and edit it with Notepad.
  5. Change the view_fov value from 90 to the FOV you want.
  6. Drag the file back into the archive and overwrite.
This may cause the 1C intro video to not play and instead be replaced with a dialog box saying "Press Key...", which will persist to the main menu. It does not obstruct anything and goes away during gameplay.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse acceleration present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Issues fixed[edit]

Game fails to create DirectPlay 8 Thread Pool upon launch[edit]

Error upon launching the game: CDPThreadPool::init failed to create CLSID_DirectPlay8ThreadPool.
Activate Legacy Windows components
  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs.
  3. Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  4. Scroll down until you find Legacy Components, click the plus button, then check DirectPlay and click OK.
Tested on Windows 8.1, some buttons might have different names on different versions of Windows.

Intro videos and cutscenes do not work[edit]

Error upon launching the game: play_video: Material 'avi_logo' is not defines AVI-texture. Video cannot be played..[3]

Some onscreen effects obscure player's vision[edit]

When the player is picking up an item or taking damage the screen flashes for a brief period, completely obscuring player's vision.

Video guide



Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 2000+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB (XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.