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FlatOut

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FlatOut
FlatOut cover
Developers
Bugbear Entertainment
Publishers
Empire Interactive
Digital Strategy First
Engines
ROMU Engine
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2004
Linux July 24, 2014[1]
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General information

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)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Use the official Russian executable to bypass (see Flatout (Un)official Russian 1.1 patch).
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
One car texture is faulty, missing car texture fix; v1.0 (v1.1 Patch for GOG)
Windows
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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v1.0 (v1.1 Patch for Steam)
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Opening the launcher[edit]

After the first time launching the game, the launcher won't show up again and you will be unable to configure the settings.

Windows version[citation needed]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Linux version[citation needed]

On GOG.com's Linux version the start.sh located in the install directory has to be modified to access the launcher. In the script there's an option to edit how the game is launched. Look for default() { and change the lower line run_game to run_settings. After that the game launcher starts as default, but it can be changed back.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix[citation needed]
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\video\
  2. Delete or rename bugbear.avi, empire.avi, intro.avi, and nvidia.avi.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6220/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Savegame\
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Game's launcher.
Game's launcher.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched 4:3. To correct the ratio use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
Multi-monitor
Use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Stretched 4:3. To correct the ratio use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
4K Ultra HD
Stretched 4:3. To correct the ratio use ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default. Can be forced off through the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOVFactor[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Edit Flatout.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set FOVFactor to the desired value.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download d3d9hook.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll to <path-to-game>.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Controls mapping.
Controls mapping.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Menu music, In-game music, Effects.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
See Polish.
Spanish

Polish[edit]

A high quality Polish translation was made by PL Projekt group. It can be downloaded from Portal24h.

Installing Polish translation with Steam version of the game[citation needed]
  1. Download the translation and install it to an empty folder.
  2. Go to that folder and copy PLProjekt.bfs.
  3. Go to the installation folder.
  4. Edit filesystem.ini.
  5. After [3] = "europe.bfs", add a line:
    • [4] = "PLProjekt.bfs",
  6. Save changes and run the game.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Hot seat
Bonus Rag-Doll Sports Mode.
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Issues fixed[edit]

"Access Denied - Please login with administrator privileges and try again" error on launch (Windows 10)[edit]

Download the (Un)official Russian 1.1 patch (https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1025-flatout-unofficial-russian-11-patch/)

"Access Denied - Please login with administrator privileges and try again" error on launch[edit]

The SecDrv.Sys driver required by SafeDisc is not running. SecDrv.sys has been disabled by a hotfix. Refer to kb3086255 for workaround details (this does not work for Windows 10). Alternatively, download the (Un)official Russian 1.1 patch (https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1025-flatout-unofficial-russian-11-patch/)

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 2000, XP, XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
128 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/6220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References