Deus Ex: Invisible War

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Deus Ex: Invisible War
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Ion Storm
Eidos Interactive
Square Enix
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2003
Deus Ex: Invisible War at Wikipedia
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM disc check. Patch 1.2 uses SecuROM 5 DRM.
Publisher website
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Includes: Manual, 2 wallpapers, soundtrack, developer's commentary, 2 avatars, and 24 artworks.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Essential improvements[edit]


The v1.2 Patch updates North American retail versions to the latest version. Digital distribution and European retail versions already have this patch.

Visible Upgrade: Unofficial patch for Deus Ex 2[edit]

Requires v1.2 Patch to be installed for North American retail version
Fixes many issues encountered on modern systems
Additional tweaks available such as FoV adjustment, HUD options, custom aspect ratios and other display tweaks
Full version includes John P's Deus Ex Unified Texture Pack as option during installation. VisibleTweaker.exe offers a way to toggle on/off certain parts of the mod.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Visible Upgrade: Unofficial patch for Deus Ex 2 and set No Intro Movies via VisibleTweaker.exe in Tweaks section[citation needed]

Improve textures[edit]

John P's Deus Ex Unified Texture Pack improves textures and models for most of the game's assets and is a compilation of a variety of mods into a single installer.
The version of Invisible War is treated as the UK version. The Unified Texture Pack's installer will need to be set to UK to work.

Game data[edit]

Game settings.
Game settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Deus Ex - Invisible War\user.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Deus Ex - Invisible War\SaveGames\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Remap settings.
Remap settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, Music, Sound effects
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[1]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Italian language is only available for the retail version.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision

Issues fixed[edit]

Temporary switch to desktop or black screen when loading[edit]

Invisible War temporarily shows the desktop or a black screen prior to the loading screen. The game still works despite this.

Game hangs when loading[edit]

Fix for Windows 8 or later[citation needed]
  1. Perform the following steps while the game is running.
  2. Open the Task Manager.
  3. Make sure the "Details" tab is visible and activate it.
  4. Find the "DX2Main.exe" executable, right click it, and select "Analyze wait chain."
  5. In the window that appears, there will be the DX2Main.exe as well as other program(s) that cause(s) the game to hang.
  6. Close those programs and the game will continue normally.
Logitech Users[citation needed]

SetPoint software can cause the game to hang while loading stages.

  1. Before the game is started.
  2. Right click the Mouse and Keyboard Settings icon in the system tray, click exit
  3. Alternatively, start Task Manager with Ctrl+Alt+Del, and in the Process tab, end SetPoint.exe

Crash when installed in a Storage Space[edit]

The game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed as a storage space on Windows 8 and later.
Install the game on a drive that is not a storage space[citation needed]

Mouse does not move in menu, inventory, etc.[edit]

Windows 10 (and earlier?) desktop scaling prevents mouse from moving.
Turn down dpi scaling from 150% to 149%. Might need reboot (Setting the compatibility option for the game to ignore desktop scaling does not solve this.)[3][4]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio OpenAL, DirectSound [1]
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.3 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1300+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.1 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/6920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.