Sacred

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Sacred
Sacred cover
Developers
Ascaron Entertainment
Publishers
Strategy First
Linux Linux Game Publishing
Release dates
Windows February 27, 2004
Linux April 9, 2009
Sacred at Wikipedia
Sacred
Sacred 2004
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel 2008
Sacred Citadel 2013
Sacred 3 2014

Key points

Online multiplayer master servers have been shut down.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
SacredWiki: elaborate wiki about Sacred, Sacred Underworld and Sacred 2: Fallen Angel.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Sacred Gold
Windows
Steam
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Sacred Gold
Windows

Version differences[edit]

  • Sacred - the original game, was released in February 2004
  • Sacred Plus - Free expansion pack released in October 2004. It adds 2 regions, monsters, quests, items.
  • Sacred Underworld - Expansion pack released in April 2005. It adds 2 player characters (Daemon and Dwarf), 6 regions, 2 acts, new monsters and items.
  • Sacred Gold - Released in August 2005, includes the base game and both expansions.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Sacred Plus
Windows
Linux
Sacred Underworld
Windows
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Sacred Gold running in standard 1024x768 resolution.
Sacred Gold running in standard 1024x768 resolution.
Sacred Gold running in 1920x1080 resolution via dgVoodoo.
Sacred Gold running in 1920x1080 resolution via dgVoodoo.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movie\
  2. Delete or rename ascaron.wmv and oem.wmv.

High-resolution rendering[edit]

Download and apply dgVoodoo
This fix may introduce graphical artifacts.
  1. Download the latest version (released: 25.04.2017)
  2. Copy the three .dll files from the MS folder and the dgVoodoo executable into <path-to-game>
  3. Open the dgVoodoo executable from the game folder and click the .\ button
  4. In the DirectX tab of dgVoodoo, set Resolution to your monitor's native one and untick 'dgVoodoo Watermark'
  5. Click Apply and close dgVoodoo as it needn't run along with the game

Improve performance[edit]

Force vsynch off
This fix may introduce graphical artifacts.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open Settings.cfg
  3. Add the line WAITRETRACE : 0 at the end of the file
  4. Save the changes and close the file

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SETTINGS.CFG
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12320/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>\save
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12320/pfx/[Note 2]
Saved games are GAME**.PAK; saved heroes are hero**.pax.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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 options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Speech, Music.
Surround sound
Requires ALchemy
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Unknown version, supported by ALchemy.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
Retail only.
Russian
Retail and GOG.
Spanish
Retail version, download.

Network[edit]

Online features require a product key; for the GOG.com version the key is available by submitting a multiplayer key request.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16 Master servers have been shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Use GameServer.exe in the installation folder.
Direct IP

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz or higher
Intel Pentium 4
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2.2.x or better Linux kernel with glibc-2.1 or later and X-Windows (XFree86 3.3.x or later)
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz x86
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.7 GB
Video card (GPU) Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics card
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  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>/12320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References