Rise of Nations

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Rise of Nations
Rise of Nations cover
Developers
Big Huge Games
Publishers
Microsoft Game Studios
Release dates
Windows May 20, 2003
macOS (OS X) December 2004
Rise of Nations guide at StrategyWiki
Rise of Nations at Wikipedia
Rise of Nations
Rise of Nations 2003
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends 2006
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition 2014

This page is for the original release. For the updated version, see Rise of Nations: Extended Edition.

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

GameSpy online server browser was shut down in 2012.

General information

Rise of Nations Heaven

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

Retail version of Rise of nations and Rise of nations Thrones & Patriots was released on 2004 in a 2 CD rom version for EU and was published by defunct xplosiv aka Empire Interactive and the expansion works (CD key and Disc Check) on windows 10, meanwhile the original game does not work on windows 10 retail.
The "rise of nations gold dvd rom edition" can often be found on store shelves. It is the most cost effective way of acquiring the game, as it contains the following games on a single DVD-ROM:
  • rise of nations
  • rise of nations Thrones & Patriots
NoCD version; DVD only necessary for installation.
Most DVD versions are NOT fully patched, Thrones & Patriots lacks of the last update - Patch 2 (version 03.02.12.0800). Gold DVD rom edition Thrones & Patriots installer version is 03.02.03.2905.
compatible windows 10 (dvd version)

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Thrones & Patriots
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

In-game update servers have been shut down. Published updates are available in v03.02.12.0800 Update.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open rise2.ini.
  3. Change SkipIntroMovies=0 to SkipIntroMovies=1

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Microsoft Games\Rise of Nations\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Rise of Nations\
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Can only change resolution in-game.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
HUD position affects gameplay. See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Off by default; can be enabled in rise2.ini
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force through video driver.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force through video driver.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default; can be disabled in rise2.ini
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The minimum resolution is 1024x768. The game won't accept any resolution lower than that.
Widescreen[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open rise2.ini.
  3. Change AllowAllResolutions=0 to AllowAllResolutions=1
  4. If the in-game drop-down box still does not show your preferred resolution, edit Windowed Width and Windowed Height= lines in the configuration file

Notes

When the resolution on the X axis is lower than 1280, the game shrinks the size of game world graphics according to the X axis, not unlike Vert-.
When the resolution on the X axis is 1280 or higher, the game world graphics no longer change size. The game functions like any "pixel based" games. At maximum zoom, the game graphics now are the same size as their original assets (the TGA files in the "art" folder).

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8 GameSpy server browser has been shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
GameSpy server browser has been shut down.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 34987
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Patching[edit]

When patching the game from the main menu an error may occur after the patch has downloaded. To prevent this error, run the game as an Administrator before patching.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
PowerPC only.[3]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 500 MHz
Pentium III
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.2.8
Processor (CPU) 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References