Wing Commander: Privateer

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Wing Commander: Privateer
Wing Commander: Privateer cover
Developers
Origin Systems
Publishers
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS September 23, 1993
Windows (DOSBox) June 2, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012
Wing Commander: Privateer at Wikipedia
Wing Commander
Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi 1991
Wing Commander: Academy 1993
Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
Super Wing Commander 1994
Wing Commander: Armada 1994
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1996
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

Key points

Music slows down if no controller is connected[2] (see Music slows down during spaceflight for the fix).

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check. Use DOSBox.
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
CD-ROM version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
CD-ROM version pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The CD-ROM version is a complete edition which includes the Righteous Fire expansion and full speech (different from the Speech Pack add-on which only voiced some content).[4]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Privateer - Speech Pack
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Privateer - Righteous Fire
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.SAV
<path-to-game>\*.PRS
Windows <path-to-game>\*.SAV[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\*.PRS
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Privateer saves are *.SAV; Righteous Fire saves are *.PRS.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Set in Graphic Mode Setup (GOG.com) or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Speech Pack and CD-ROM have subtitles only if Sound F/X is disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issued fixed[edit]

Music slows down during spaceflight[edit]

Spaceflight music slows down if no controller is connected.[2]
Use patched PRCD.exe[5]
  1. Download the Wing Commander: Privateer spaceflight music speed fix.
  2. Extract into the Privateer installation folder, replacing the existing file when prompted.
Use patched PRCD.exe (GOG.com OS X)[citation needed]
  1. Download the Wing Commander: Privateer spaceflight music speed fix.
  2. Go to Applications.
  3. Right-click the Wing Commander Privateer app and choose Show Package Contents.
  4. Go to Contents.
  5. Go to Resources.
  6. Right-click Wing Commander Privateer.boxer and choose Show Package Contents.
  7. Go to C.harddisk.
  8. Extract the updated PRCD.EXE here and choose Replace when prompted.
Set DOSBox joysticktype (alternate method)[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file.
  2. Change joysticktype=auto to joysticktype=2axis
  3. Save your changes.
  4. Choose your control mode in-game (it defaults to Joystick). Music will play normally.
If you decide to use a controller later, edit the file again and adjust this setting as needed.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 386DX/33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 570K+2.5 MB (EMS or XMS)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 180 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 180 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References