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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 modern 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 modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements


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.[citation needed]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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


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).
Requires version 1.2 of the game. For earlier versions edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\YaE\config_engine\ds2engine.cfg and set fullscreen to 0.[3]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. HDR option in config files refers only to HDR Rendering.

Widescreen resolution

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)

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.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse acceleration present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by Mr.Duke; download
Fan translation.
Local retail only.

VR support

Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed

Game fails to create DirectPlay 8 Thread Pool upon launch

Error upon launching the game: CDPThreadPool::init failed to create CLSID_DirectPlay8ThreadPool.
Install DirectPlay

Intro videos and cutscenes do not work

Error upon launching the game: play_video: Material 'avi_logo' is not defines AVI-texture. Video cannot be played..[4]
Install Microsoft Windows Media Video 9 VCM codec

Some onscreen effects obscure player's vision

When the player is picking up an item or taking damage the screen flashes for a brief period, completely obscuring player's vision.
  1. Download modified files (source) and extract them.
  2. Move gameres folder to game directory and override any existing files.


Video guide on how to modify files manually.

Intro videos, animations and the game world updating at much slower rate than it should

Reboot your PC

Other information


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

System requirements

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, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.


  1. Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  2. Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  3. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-08-01
    English version I have is 1.1 - there is no patch and the option is lacking from menus.
  4. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2018-7