Penumbra: Overture

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Penumbra: Overture
Penumbra: Overture cover
Developers
Frictional Games
macOS (OS X) Edward Rudd
Linux Edward Rudd
Engines
HPL Engine 1
Release dates
Windows March 30, 2007
macOS (OS X) January 10, 2008
Linux May 25, 2007
Penumbra: Overture at Wikipedia
Penumbra
Penumbra: Overture 2007
Penumbra: Black Plague 2008

Key points

Source code was made available in 2010.[1]

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
DRM-free
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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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Penumbra Collection includes Penumbra: Overture, Black Plague, and the Requiem expansion.

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.
There is no on-screen indication that the quick save was successful.

Enable simple swing[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 find SimpleWeaponSwing="false" and SimpleSwingInOptions="false", and change false to true for both entries.
  4. Save the changes.

Notes

This makes the forward attack activate with a single click, and the swing attack activate by holding the left mouse button.
A toggle is also added under Options >> Game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Penumbra Overture\Episode1\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Penumbra/Overture/
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Penumbra Overture\Episode1\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Penumbra/Overture/

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.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit settings.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 8 change Screen Width="XXXX" Height="XXXX" to the desired screen width and height respectively.
  4. Save the changes.

Notes

Menus and HUD are stretched.[2]

Windowed[edit]

Edit settings.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. On line 8 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 5 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
The only non-verbal subtitle is "Radio is transmitting".
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
European retail version only.
Spanish
Fan translation, download.
Turkish
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Only two translations, by Snowball Studios (1C-SoftClub) and Noviy Disk.

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 Recommended
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