Medieval II: Total War

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Medieval II: Total War
Medieval II: Total War cover
Creative Assembly
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2006
macOS (OS X) December 17, 2015
Linux January 14, 2016
Medieval II: Total War guide at StrategyWiki
Medieval II: Total War at Wikipedia
Total War
Shogun: Total War 2000
Medieval: Total War 2002
Rome: Total War 2004
Medieval II: Total War 2006
Empire: Total War 2009
Napoleon: Total War 2010
Total War: Shogun 2 2011
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai 2012
Total War Battles: Shogun 2012
Total War: Rome II 2013
Total War: Attila 2015
Total War Battles: Kingdom 2015
Total War: Warhammer 2016
Total War: Warhammer II 2017
Total War: Arena TBA

Key points

GameSpy multiplayer replaced with Steamworks; all product keys activate on Steam.[1]
Retail base game does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Retail base game does not work).[2]

General information

Official Forums
Steam Community Discussions
Total War Center Unofficial Discussion and Modding community
Collection of bug fixes for many of the game's issues


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM. CD key for multiplayer.
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macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Includes the Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms expansion.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Includes expansions.
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All Linux versions require Steam DRM.
All product keys activate on Steam.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Comes bundled with Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition.


Stainless Steel[edit]

A combination of bug fixes, many small mods, better AI and AI armies, more provinces, graphical improvements and many other campaign and battle map changes. The whole game now offers a much greater challenge!

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\medieval2.preference.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Medieval II Total War/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Medieval II Total War/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
UI suffers severe stretching.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
In the medieval2.preference.cfg file, change the line: windowed=true
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Edit medieval2.preference.cfg and add the line borderless_window=true
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, speech, effects and music.
Surround sound
5.1[3] and 7.1[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, 3 and 4[5]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Hot seat
Added in Kingdoms expansion; use Retrofit Mod for original campaigns.
LAN play
Online play
8 GameSpy is offline; activate key on Steam to use new servers.[1] Mac App Store players can only play with other Mac App Store users.[6]

Issues fixed[edit]

Retail base game does not work[edit]

The retail version of the base game does not work on Windows Vista and later due to SafeDisc support being discontinued.[2]
Activate on Steam[1]

Activate the CD key on Steam and use the Steam version.

Use Kingdoms expansion[2]

The retail Kingdoms expansion is still compatible. Use Bare Geomod to play Medieval II's Grand Campaign with Kingdoms.

Start the SafeDisc service (Windows 8.1 and earlier)[7]

Start the SafeDisc service (see MS15-097 for instructions).


This method does not work on Windows 10.[2]

Reinforcements Delayed[edit]

Remove reinforcement limit[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open medieval.prefences.cfg.
  3. Change unlimited_men_on_battlefield = 0 to unlimited_men_on_battlefield = 1


Only applies to reinforcements delayed claimed due to needing to upgrade your system. This doesn't affect reinforcements being delayed through random chance (e.g. you have no word on when your reinforcements will arrive), nor does it apply to reinforcements blocked because of insufficient graphics card memory.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 (1500 MHz)
AMD Athlon 64
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz (2400 MHz)
AMD Athlon 64
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti 4400
ATI Radeon 9600 SE
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI Radeon X1600
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
Sound (audio device) 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 MEDIEVAL II: Total War multiplayer now available on Steam!
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 SECDRV.SYS Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community
  3. EAX Featured Game: Medieval II: Total War - (retrieved)
  4. Epic audio design in Medieval II: Total War™ - Interview at (retrieved)
  5. Medieval 2 Total War Review - Bit Gamer
  6. Calico - FAQs | Feral Interactive
  7. MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015
  8. Total War Center - How to fix " Reinforcements Delayed problem "