Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Return to Castle Wolfenstein Cover.png
Release dates
November 19, 2001
March 16, 2002
April 2002
Return to Castle Wolfenstein at SteamDB
 Return to Castle Wolfenstein at Wikipedia
Castle Wolfenstein 1981
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein 1984
Wolfenstein 3D 1992
Spear of Destiny 1992
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2003
Wolfenstein 2009
Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood 2015

Key points

Information Master servers for the multiplayer were shut down in February 2012. A mod S4NDMoD solves this problem, by making a game use fans' master server.

General information

More information Official Wolfenstein series site
More information Wolfenstein Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Wolfenstein game made.
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM details are not known Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Windows only

Essential improvements[edit]

Unofficial Patch[edit]

Advantage A patch by Knightmare[1] that fixes various crashes and adds native widescreen support.


A mod that focuses on fixing exploits and adding necessary features to RTCW multiplayer. A list of features can be found here. Due to master server being down, this mod is the best solution to make server browser work, again. Mod can be downloaded, here.

Game data[edit]

In-game HUD settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Main\*.cfg
Information wolfconfig.cfg contains single player settings.
Information wolfconfig_mp.cfg contains multiplayer settings.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Main\save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Gold.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Gold.svg See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD Hackable WSGF 4K Gold.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native support Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Hackable See High frame rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Information The Unofficial Patch should already add support for common resolutions in the in-game options.

Fix Using console commands

  1. Launch the game and open the console with ~ or \.
  2. Use these console commands in the following order, replace the width and height with your resolution.
\r_customwidth 2048
\r_customheight 1152
\r_mode -1


Information In order to change the FOV see Field of view (FOV) for more information.
Information This solution works for both the Singleplayer and Multiplayer modes.

Fix Manually through a config file

  1. Open wolfconfig.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Replace the width and height with your resolution.
seta r_customwidth "2048"
seta r_customheight "1152"
seta r_mode "-1"

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Changing FOV (Single-player, with config file)

  1. Open wolfconfig.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Modify the line seta cg_fov "90" with your desired value.

Fix Changing FOV (Single-player, with console command)

  1. Launch game with +set sv_cheats 1 parameter.
  2. Start a new game or load a a previous save.
  3. Open console, by pressing ~ and type in: cg_fov X where X is your horizontal FOV value.

Fix Changing FOV (Multi-player)

  1. Create or join a server.
  2. Open console, by pressing ~ and type in: cg_fov X where X is your horizontal FOV value.


Information It is recommended, not to launch multiplayer game with sv_cheats 1 attribute. This can be problematic, when using Steam version, since it doesn't allow to specify separate launch attributes for singleplayer and multiplayer.

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Edit wolfconfig.cfg

  1. Open wolfconfig.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Modify the line seta com_maxfps "85" with your desired value.

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support Disabled by default. Smoothing can be toggled in Controls menu. Acceleration can be activated via console with cl_mouseAccel 1
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound No native support Stereo output only[2]
Subtitles No native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support No native support
French Native support Unknown Unknown
German Native support Unknown Unknown
Italian Native support Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native support Unknown Unknown


Can play coop with RTCWCoop.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native support
Online play Native support

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking No native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP Native support Use connect [IP address here] in the console.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 28960
UDP (outbound) 27960

Issues fixed[edit]

Enlarged Upper Left Corner of Screen[edit]

Increasing the game resolution above 800x600 causes the upper left corner of the game to take up the entire screen. One reason is that game detects a 3dfx driver (possibly caused by nGlide).

Fix Edit wolfconfig.cfg[3]

  1. Open wolfconfig.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Search for the line seta r_glIgnoreWicked3D "0"
  3. Change "0" to "1"
  4. Save the changes.

Other information[edit]

Disable view bob[edit]

Fix Edit wolfconfig.cfg

  1. Open wolfconfig.cfg with a text editor.
  2. Find the lines:
seta cg_bobup "0.005"
seta cg_bobpitch "0.002"
seta cg_bobroll "0.002"
and change their values to "0".

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU)
AMD Athlon
Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
1.1 GB
Video card (GPU)
16 MB of VRAM
OpenGL compatible
DirectX 8.0a compatible
Information Supported chipsets: 3dfx Voodoo 3 or higher, ATI Rage 128/128 Pro, ATI Radeon, Matrox G400, Nvidia Riva TNT and TNT2, all Nvidia GeForce chips


  1. KMQuake II - Unofficial Patch
  2. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  3. SOLVED: Can't run the game above 800x600. Upper left corner of the screen enlarged - Steam Community Discussions