The Wheel of Time

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The Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time cover
Developers
Legend Entertainment
Publishers
GT Interactive
Engines
Unreal Engine 1
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1999
The Wheel of Time at Wikipedia

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).

Key points

Very small but active community.
Modification of the engine's advanced options in D3D rendering mode can cause the game to crash.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].[3]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest patch (v333b) for the German, US, and International releases is available here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System\WoT.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 2]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native 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 options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Versus
Online play
Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues fixed[edit]

Technical Issues[edit]

Run the game in 3DFX mode after installing nGlide if D3D mode is giving error messages.

Cutscene Fix[edit]

Without this fix cutscenes do not play, or play but stutter to the point of where they are unwatchable.
Cutscene Fix[5]
  1. Patch the game to the latest version.
  2. Download this DDraw Wrapper
  3. Put it in <path-to-game>\System

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes QuickTime
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) Standard PCi Video Card

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]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References