The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena cover
Starbreeze Studios
Tigon Studios
Release dates
Windows April 7, 2009
macOS (OS X) April 16, 2010
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena guide at StrategyWiki
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena at Wikipedia
The Chronicles of Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 2009

Key points

Includes a remake of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
The game is very unoptimized for anti-aliasing,[1] recommended to disable it if you have performance issues.

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
TAGES DRM 30-day timer.
Requires online activation
Requires online activation

Version differences[edit]

All Windows versions except have TAGES DRM. After activating the game for a third time, TAGES will start a 30-day timer. After 30 days an activation will be restored up to the original total of three activations.[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Escape From Butcher Bay Commentary Mode Download from The Patches Scrolls.
Multiplayer Map: Sneerock (DM) Download from The Patches Scrolls.
Multiplayer Map: Tracker Star (CTF) Download from The Patches Scrolls.
Multiplayer Map: Viper Run (Butcher Bay Riot) Download from The Patches Scrolls.
Multiplayer Map: The Tangle (Pitch Black) Download from The Patches Scrolls.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.01 is available for Windows and OS X. Warning: this is not needed for the version, it will also try to install/update the TAGES DRM driver.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename audio files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Content\Videos
  2. Delete or rename atari.ogg, Intro.ogg, Sbz.ogg, Tigon.ogg, and universal_ntsc.ogg.

Enable quick save[edit]

Bind in console[3]
  1. Open console with Ctrl+Alt+~.
  2. Enter bind f5 savegame('quick') and bind f8 loadgame('quick')
  3. Press F5 to save and F8 to load.


The key bindings are lost when you quit the game. Use / in the console for quick access to your recent commands.
The game uses F9 to load the most recent save by default.
Show quicksave command in the "Keyboard Bindings/Misc" menu[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Content\GUI
  2. Copy CubeWnd.xrg to CubeWnd.xrg.0 for backup
  3. Open CubeWnd.xrg in editor
  4. Go to line 7853 which should look like this:

5. Change it to this:


6. Save

Escape From Butcher Bay commentary[edit]

The commentary mode from the original EFBB can be added via DLC. By default it will only be available after completing the EFBB campaign for the first time.
Turn on commentary manually[4]
  1. Install the DLC from The Patches Scrolls.
  2. Go to the save game data location.
  3. Open _profile.
  4. Add the following and save.


You can toggle the commentary mode with a switch in the game options.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Atari\The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Dark Athena
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9860/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Atari\The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena\SaveGames
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Dark Athena/Application Data/Atari/The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena/SaveGames/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9860/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Anamorphic by default; see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV is increased when in stealth mode.
Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Resolution is reduced in windowed mode (e.g. 1920x1017 rather than 1920x1080).
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Appears as "Anisotropy" in a percent setting.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA and CSAA, up to 32x. Turning on AA automatically disables SSAO and vice versa. The game is very unoptimized for anti-aliasing, recommended to disable it if you have performance issues.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Refresh rate can be set up to 144 Hz in graphics options. A bug may result in it being reset to 23 Hz when you re-launch the game.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Non-16:9 resolutions are letterboxed by default.
If you're letterboxed on a 16:9 resolution, open Environment.cfg (located in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Atari\The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena) and make sure that VID_DWIDTH and VID_DWIDTH are set to the correct values.
Remove letterboxing[5]
  1. Download a loader for your aspect ratio: 16:10 -- 5:4 -- 4:3
  2. Copy the loader to <path-to-game>\System\Win32_x86
  3. Launch the game via the loader.


If the loader doesn't work for you then copy files from this archive to the same path.

Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO)[edit]

Use AA and SSAO at the same time[citation needed]
  1. Turn on Anti Aliasing in the graphics settings.
  2. Open console with Ctrl+Alt+~.
  3. Enter xr_ssao 1 (values 1-3 enable Ambient Occlusion).


The setting is not saved when you quit the game. Use / in the console for quick access to the command so you can easily reapply it next time you're playing.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Supports adjusting the sensitivity for both axes separately.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller needs to be enabled before launching the game, there's no button prompts, nor haptic feedback
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Only music is adjustable
Surround sound
5.0 (Maybe require to set 7.1 in the Windows Sound settings, otherwise only Stereo sound available)
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.

Change to other languages[edit]

It only affects the GUI, menu and subtitles.
Run the game launcher
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Run DarkAthena_Launcher.exe with text editor.
  3. Select your preferred Language.
  4. Quit the launcher


You can change to another language by clicking the flag icon at bottom right of the launcher.
It overrides the language selected in the configuration file.
Change tne configuration file
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Environment.cfg with text editor.
  3. Locate the line LANGUAGE=ENG and change the value to FRE, GER, ITA or SPA.


Multiplayer types

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

Issues unresolved[edit]

Screen saver mode deletes save files[edit]

Save files will delete themselves if the game is left running and your computer goes into screen saver mode. To avoid this, remember to quit the game before leaving it unattended or disable screen saver mode.

The game fails to restore resolution settings[edit]

The game may fail to change the desktop resolution back to the previous one (by default it launches at 640x480 fullscreen).
Set the startup resolution[citation needed]
  1. Create the configuration file location if it doesn't exist.
  2. Open it and create a file called Environment.cfg.
  3. To set the resolution and refresh rate, add VID_MODE=1920 1080 32 60
  4. Or to start the game in windowed mode, add VID_MODE=desktop

Issues fixed[edit]

Game window too large for monitor[edit]

If you're running Windows 7/8/10 and the game window doesn't fit on your monitor when in full screen mode, you may need to lower the scaling on font size. Display Settings > Change the size of text.

Unexpected error (13:6)[edit]

Update TAGES

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 805
AMD Athlon X2 +3800
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra
ATI Radeon HD 3850
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT
Controller Keyboard, mouse or dual-analog gamepad works with Xbox 360 controller


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