Planetary Annihilation

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Planetary Annihilation
Planetary Annihilation cover
Uber Entertainment
Release dates
Windows September 5, 2014
OS X September 5, 2014
Linux September 5, 2014
Planetary Annihilation
Planetary Annihilation 2014
Planetary Annihilation: Titans 2015

This page is for original game. For currently sold standalone expansion, see Planetary Annihilation: Titans.

Key points

Not in sale anymore. Replaced with Titans standalone expansion.[1]
Affected by some very large performance issues.
Several known issues with the Linux version.

General information

Uber Entertainment Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Not longer sold. Replaced with Titans standalone expansion, which includes all content and features from the original title.[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation\localstore\Local Storage\coui_ui_0.localstorage
Linux ~/.local/Uber Entertainment/
Not plain text.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enabled by default.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and supersampling up to 175%.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped ~120 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse settings.
Mouse settings.
Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, voice and sound effects.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language settings.
Language settings.
Possible to select from wide variety of community made translations.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
Community translation. Not complete.


Network settings.
Network settings.
Compatible with Titans expansion, however content is limited for original games content.[1]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Added in Build 73737.[2]
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Long load time and low FPS[edit]

Because of how Planetary Annihilation is a bit more memory intensive than most games it is a good idea to actually close any open programs such as Google Chrome before playing.
Enable threaded optimization[3]
  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Under Global Settings select the drop-down box next to Threaded optimisation.
  3. Change this to On and click Apply.


This only applies to NVIDIA cards.
If you get poor performance with multiple NVIDIA cards, you will need to disable SLI.
Change priority[3]
  1. Open Task Manager and right-click PA.exe.
  2. Select Set Priority: and set it to High.


Press Ctrl+U to toggle the UI, if there is a noticeable FPS improvement this may benefit you.
Disable steam community overlay[3]
  1. Right-click on the game within your Steam library and select Properties.
  2. Uncheck Enable Steam Community In-Game and click CLOSE.

Black screen/black planet[edit]

Change settings[4]
  1. From the main menu select Settings.
  2. Under Graphics set anti-aliasing to OFF.
  3. Press F5 to refresh the game screen.


If this does not work try setting HDR to OFF aswell. If they are both already disabled, enable and disable them again then refresh by pressing F5. You may need to refresh many times.[5]
If nothing helps try to wait a bit, then press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, open Task Manager and then go back to the game window.[5]

Black lines[edit]

Disable anisotropic filtering[6]
  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Under Global Settings select the drop-down box next to Anisotropic filtering.
  3. Change this to Application-controlled or Off and click Apply.


This only applies to NVIDIA cards.

Game won't start[edit]

This issue is most likely due to outdated drivers.
Update drivers[7]
  1. Download and install the latest driver version for your video card.



Other information[edit]

Offline Gameplay[edit]

Even though the download of the game itself as well as any updates requires usage of the downloader (Uber Launcher), once obtained the game itself can be copied to other computers and played without any DRM-restrictions. For this to work, all game files have to be copied to the new location, no separate install is necessary. The game must however be started directly (through the PA.exe on windows or the on Mac) since the Uber Launcher will not start the game without login.

Once the game has started, single player and multi player modes might be deactivated on some machines. To fully activate go to Options -> Settings and set Local Server to "ON".


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL true
64-bit executable
32-bit binary included.


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD

System requirements[edit]

The following specifications are still being determined and are subject to change.
64-bit only.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) Dual Core Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support Dedicated
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04/13.04, Mint 14/15
Processor (CPU) 64-bit Dual Core or better
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 PSA: What Titans Actually Is :: Planetary Annihilation: TITANS General Discussion
  2. Release Build: 73737 with Offline Play - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Planetary Annihilation
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Workarounds for long loading time and low FPS - Steam Community Discussions
  4. How To Improve Frame Rates (All Video Cards) - Uber Entertainment Forums
  5. 5.0 5.1 *** Black screen? Check these workarounds! *** - Steam Community Discussions
  6. Boxes on planets / Graphic Issues - Steam Community Discussions
  7. (Reoccuring Issue) Game Won't Start - Steam Community Discussions