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Arcanum Multiverse Edition [ENG]
By Demure. and 3 collaborators
Latest version: 22.214.171.124 Authors: Multiverse Team, Russian Fan Community
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a classic role-playing game from the developers of the first two games in the Fallout lineup. The game is based on the story unfolding around the tragedy of the blimp “Zephyr”, the only survivor in which to find its role in the world of fading magic and technological progress. How much this role will affect the events in the world of Arcanum, in the expanses of the feudal kingdoms and industrial megacity, in the remote possessions of other races and a number of mysterious, gods of forgotten places? Protagonist, by the will of fate associated with the prophetic writings of a certain "The Living One" should decide. Believe in them or not, trust yourself or your followers, personify good, evil or chaos, remains at the player's choice.
In other words, Arcanum is a world of conflicting ideas, as well as their supporters and opponents, full of allusions and elements of various artistic genres that weave together, gaining identity, integrity, and their own unique charm. Due to his style, replayability and many options for the development of the character, Arcanum enjoys recognition among connoisseurs of classical role-playing games and forever remains in the hearts of many of them.
However, the original Arcanum contains a huge number of bugs and has not been "brought to the mind", leaving a lot of shortcomings and mistakes. These omissions and "gaps" were attempted by the fans of the game, developing patches for it - the most famous of them: Grand Fix 1.3 and UAP. But apart from this, there were other less global patches, as well as various improvements and additions to the game (the Arcanum mods), which, at times, is known to very few. The problem of numerous and varied additional content was that it was not very compatible with each other. And to prevent all these developments lost in vain, the team Multiverse Team decided to work hard to improve the Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura.
Thus, Arcanum Multiverse Edition (Arcanum RePack) is the game Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura without bugs and glitches, with the integration of improvements that were not included in the game by the developer (Troika Games), including official modules.
1. Install original Arcanum in Steam 2. Delete folder '...\steamapps\common\Arcanum\Arcanum' 3. Run setup.exe of the Multiverse Edition, switch language to English and open menu Settings 4. Choose text language and cinematics language 5. In Directory line input the way: '...\steamapps\common\Arcanum\Arcanum' 6. All other settings you can use as you wish. It is recommended to include High Resolution Patch 7. Press OK and start game installation. 8. In '...\steamapps\common\Arcanum' in SierraLauncher.ini change line from "Game1Exe=arcanum.exe" to "Game1Exe=config.exe"
Settings and game updating
Now when you start Arcanum from Steam configurator window will be opened. • Shut off Software render • Enable Double buffer • Use DDrawCompat wrapper
Also it is recommended to Enable autoupdate. Other options use by your own.
If the game will start with ugly main menu, again apply HiRes parameters in the configurator.
▪ Multilanguage. Preparing RePack we proceeded from the fact that all our fixes are compatible with both the Russian and English versions of the game. Selecting a language does not affect the performance of edits.
▪ Original cut-out animation was integrated. The beta versions of Arcanum presented additional animation, which was later cut. As an example of this animation – objects, items, NPC animation and portraits for different races and sexes characters.
▪ New items based on the restored graphics have been created. Thus, we found an unused applications and content made by developers and we could solve the problem of identical appearance in different objects.
▪ The properties of a number of objects and schemes for their assembly have been refined. For example, visual inconsistencies between schematics and objects, as well as their technical characteristics (use, ammunition consumption, etc.) were eliminated.
▪ Locations from Mapper's Mod integrated. We have eliminated a lot of visual flaws in the graphics, as well as in the layout of locations. The basis of the mod includes fixing the position of objects, creating missing textures, working with lighting and much more. More in detail with all this you can find here[vk.com].
▪ High-quality maps of locations were integrated. In the corresponding locations viewing the picture mode will be smoother. This concerns not only the early version of the panoramas, we process them after all the changes that are made to the layout of the locations.
▪ Some background soundtracks were replaced. Original cut-out ambient of the release version has been replaced by a more complete from the beta-version.
▪ Original lossless music was integrated. Tracks in lossless quality we personally handed us by the composer Ben Houge, so that the quality of these tracks can be no doubt. Perhaps the owners of the integrated sound card and standard speakers will not appreciate our efforts, but I hope that everyone else will like it.
▪ Partially modified gameplay. Some additions and additions touched dialogue and scripted scenes, namely the relation of words and NPC actions.
▪ Arcanum High Resolution Patch was updated and integrated. Especially for the patch made for high-resolution the interface version has been created and added to the scope of two variants of a background of the main menu. It is hiding visual artifacts after the patch installation.
▪ Selection of the best modifications and patches was performed: I. 126.96.36.199. II. Unofficial Arcanum Patch (aka UAP). III. Grand Fix (aka GF). IV. alpha patch. In addition, our team performed many small fixes of unknown bugs, improvements and additions for our own patch Multiverse Patch.
▪ Configurator and launcher were created for easy compatibility settings with Windows 8, 8.1 и 10. Configurator includes the following: I. Technical options for solving game performance problems. II. Choose options that previously needed to register keys in the shortcut properties. III. Advanced game settings. IV. Customize Arcanum High Resolution Patch. V. Optional autoupdate.
▪ Official modules by Troika Games are integrated. Fixing bugs, minor improvement.
▪ Designed bonus section. In the installation folder, you can find a lot of official content. Conceptual art of the developers, notes to the soundtrack, wallpapers, etc.
Detailed report on the above items is set out in the log of changes and fixes included in the documentation for the game (.../documents/AME Release.docx).
Authors and support
Корвелл (aka Corvell) (Multiverse Team) – edition of locations design (Mapper's Mod), work with graphics and technical part, assembly, support; Macbeth (Multiverse Team) – Russian localization, works coordinating, support. van Rijn (Multiverse Team) – Russian localization editing, technical work, testing, support; Volh – idea, technical part, assembly, support; daemon (R.G. Catalyst) – fonts, installer with configurator, High Resolution Patch (v1.2); Dementei – fonts, High Resolution Patch, work with graphics and technical part, testing, support; Positiff – technical consulting, advices, ideas; Richard Abramson – idea of autoupdater, support, consulting.
Patch 188.8.131.52 (by Troika Games) UAP (by Drog Black Tooth) Grand Fix (by Gentle_Giant) alpha patch (by Kessler Van Doom)