Dark Reign: The Future of War

This patch makes several important fixes and improvements (especially in multiplayer connectivity.)

You will need to have already installed the Dark Reign Patch v1.2 (offered above) or the­ Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand expansion pack for this update to work.­

Application Details:

Version: 1.4
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.19

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What works

*Playing the game: Internet and Instant Action

*All menus

What does not

*Music playback from audio CD

*Playing the game: Campaign, Manual IP, IPX, Modem

Notes: Dark Reign plays its music off of the audio tracks 2 and forward in the first CD-ROM drive available.


What was not tested

*Mission Editor
*Installation (used 1.7 full download from, which is based on 1.4 Shadowhand)

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Additional Comments

Speed issues can be resolved by setting this in the registry: user.reg [Software//Wine//Direct3D] DirectDrawRenderer=opengl This will improve performance dramatically. When using the 1.7 patch, based on 1.4 Shadowhand, from, run launcher.exe - not dkreign.exe or the other launchers. You can set a mod by adding -launch=*modfoldername* If you intend to play it in a Virtual Desktop, configure launcher.exe in winecfg. The only usable resolution is 640x480. Admin note: rating changed to conform to rating definitions.

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ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Oct 12 20205.19Yes Yes NoPlatinumtelanus 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 20 20131.6-rc5Yes Yes NoBronzeLewis Clement 
CurrentUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 10 20091.1.13N/A Yes NoSilverFuryhunter 
ShowArch LinuxOct 17 20081.1.6Yes Yes NoPlatinumSpeedboy 
ShowArch LinuxOct 16 20081.1.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumSpeedboy 

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HowTo / Notes


2013-05-03 Admin note: the instructions below may be outdated. They are being kept here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update them. 

Dark Reign - General notes
I had a old installation (Dark Reign + Rise of the Shadowhand + 1.4 patch) laying around on a windows box so I just copied the installation dir C:\Programme\Dark Reign\ to linux and renamed it to /home/joachim/darkreign/ afterwards dont' forget a chown like:

"chown joachim.users ~/darkreign"
"chown -R joachim.users ~/darkreign/*"

That will just work fine!

Dark Reign - Future of War
Didn't test the installation routine but worked in the past.

Dark Reign - Rise of the Shadowhand
Didn't test the installation routine yet but didn't work in the past and stopped with 80%. Have to test that again. (can someone please test it and post here?)

Dark Reign - Patches
These patches can be found here:

=== 1.2 ========================================
v1.2 is the second update issued for Dark Reign. The first was issued in fall '97. This update includes all the old v1.1 patch functionality as well as a host of new improvements. You do not need to have installed the previous patch for this update to work, but if you did that's OK as well. If you have already installed the Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand expansion pack, you do not need to get this patch. You must have one or the other installed, however, to get the final update, patch v1.4

=== 1.3 ===

=== 1.4 ===
The latest patch - a must!

=== 1.4 (art package) ===
You will need to have already installed the Dark Reign v1.2 patch. The main purpose of this art update is to allow players to play against expansion players who are using the new armies or have maps on the new tileset. The update also includes the most current versions of the previously released 20 bonus multiplayer maps.


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