Penumbra: Black Plague

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Penumbra: Black Plague
Penumbra: Black Plague cover
Developers
Frictional Games
macOS (OS X) Edward Rudd
Linux Edward Rudd
Engines
HPL Engine 1
Release dates
Windows February 12, 2008
macOS (OS X) May 12, 2008
Linux May 12, 2008
Penumbra: Black Plague guide at StrategyWiki
Penumbra: Black Plague at Wikipedia
Penumbra
Penumbra: Overture 2007
Penumbra: Black Plague 2008

General information

Changelog
Official website
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v7 DRM disc check
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Penumbra Collection
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Penumbra Collection
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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Penumbra Collection
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Gold Edition. Includes the Requiem expansion.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Penumbra Collection includes Penumbra: Overture, Black Plague, and the Requiem expansion.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Requiem
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit settings.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 1 change ShowPreMenu="true" to ShowPreMenu="false"
  4. Save the changes.

Enable quick save[edit]

Edit settings.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 1 change AllowQuickSave="false" to AllowQuickSave="true"
  4. Save the changes.

Notes

Press F4 to save and F5 to load.
Penumbra: Black Plague has no on-screen indication that the quick save was successful.
Penumbra: Requiem has quick save enabled by default, plus allows remapping those keys in-game and has an indication of a successful save.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Penumbra\Black Plague\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Penumbra\Requiem\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Penumbra/Black Plague/
~/.frictionalgames/Penumbra/Requiem/
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Penumbra\Black Plague\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Penumbra\Requiem\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Penumbra/Black Plague/
~/.frictionalgames/Penumbra/Requiem/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Some resolutions not listed; see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
21:9 resolutions are possible[1] (see Widescreen resolution).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA 2x and 4x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS by default. See High frame rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit settings.cfg[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 7 change Screen Width="XXXX" Height="XXXX" to the desired screen width and height respectively.
  4. Save the changes.

Notes

Menus and HUD are stretched.

Windowed[edit]

Mouse is captured by hovering pointer over the window.
Edit settings.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 7 change FullScreen="true" to FullScreen="false"
  4. Save the changes.

High frame rate[edit]

Edit settings.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 4 change LimitFPS="true" to LimitFPS="false"
  4. Save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
No support for thumb mouse remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller types
Tracked motion controllers
Use Penumbra: Overture VR Mod.
Button/gesture prompts
Additional information
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Single volume control.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
European retail version only.
Spanish
Fan translation, Black Plague and Requiem DLC
Turkish
Fan translation, Black Plague and Requiem DLC
Russian
Only on Russian retail copies of 1C-SoftClub (of this game and full trilogy).

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.4
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Newton Game Dynamics
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce 3
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.4
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1024 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce 3
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Kernel 2.6
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce 3

References