Arx Fatalis

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Official overview

The world of Arx is wrought with turmoil, brought to the brink of destruction by a violent war. The sun has disappeared from overhead to shroud the world in eternal darkness forcing communities to begin inhabiting the underground mines. But as food and drink becomes scarce, the wars become even more violent as each race struggles for survival.

You are plugged into this world of terror and must use bravery and cunning to uncover the long hidden secret of Arx. As your epic quest unfolds you will explore ancient temples, bustling cities and abandoned mines, unearth legendary artefacts and face terrifying foes.

Arx Fatalis features: Lots of quest and sub-quest to complete; innovative gesture-casting system with 50 powerful spells based upon 20 runes; wield over 20 crushingly powerful weapons; no two games are ever the same: storyline and events change according to your actions; hundreds of characters to befriend or murder and massive underground world to discover and explore.

Release information


  • Manual (69 pages PDF)
  • Two wallpapers in 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1080, and 1920x1200 sizes (JPEG format)
  • In-game sounds (4 tracks, MP3 format & 1000x1000 CD Cover art, JPEG format)
  • Five avatars (150x150, JPEG format)
  • A series of 41 concept artworks & paintings from the game's development.
  • One screensaver



Patches and modifications

The source code to the Arx Fatalis v1.21 executable, was released under the terms of the GPL by developer Arkane Studios on January 14, 2011. The game content remains under a proprietary license.

Official patches

v1.21 - incorporated into the GOG version.

Unofficial patches


Language Packs: Polish

Official compatibility

Windows 8

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Unofficial compatibility

Unofficial compatibility is mainly provided by the Arx Libertatis source port.

Mac compatibility

There are no mac binaries available for Arx Fatalis or Arx Libertatis, however the Arx Libertatis source code can be compiled for OS X. Alternatively, you can try running the Windows binaries of Arx Libertatis under Wine - make sure to switch to the OpenGL renderer.

Linux compatibility

Arx Fatalis is fully working under Linux using Arx Libertatis. There are portable binaries and packages for many distributions.

Windows compatibility

While officially supports Arx fatalis under Windows XP, Vista and 8, there might be compatibility issues for some. If you run into problems try Arx Libertatis and arx-fatalis-fixed.

Widescreen Support

Overall Ratings

   Widescreen: B
   Multi-Monitor: Unknown

Screen change: Hor+

Widescreen Method: .ini edit

Hud Stretch: None

Multi-monitor Method: .ini edit

Multi-monitor HUD: Unknown

Rendered cut-scenes: Hor+

FMV cut-scenes: N/A

GOG trivia

Arx Fatalis was originally sold on for $9.99.