Will my computer run WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition?

System Requirements

Windows

Minimum:

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel Iris 630 Pro or similar (using "Basic" mode in graphics settings)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 6 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

Recommended:

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 or Radeon 580
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 6 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset


Mac OSX

Minimum:

OS: OSX 10.10 or newer
Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Radeon R9 or similar
Storage: 8 GB available space

Recommended:

OS: OSX 10.10 or newer
Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Radeon 580
Storage: 8 GB available space

Check your graphics card:

WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition is a modern game with beautiful graphics depicting the Yellowstone wilderness. Because of this, it does require much more graphical power than previous versions of the game.

Go to this website and search the page to see the score for any particular graphics card:

  • Score above 8000: high graphics quality settings at 40-60 FPS or better.
  • Score 4000 to 8000: medium quality settings at 30-50 FPS.
  • Score 2000 and 4000: lower graphics quality levels at 30-40 FPS.
  • Score 1000-2000: low quality levels, possibly using "Basic" graphics which lack some of the fancy effects like snow on trees.
  • Score under 1000: the game may not run at all, or only at the lowest graphics quality with reduced screen resolution.

This devblog video: WolfQuest, Graphics Cards, and You discusses the game's graphics and hardware requirements in more detail.

Check Your RAM Memory

8GB recommended  and 4GB minimum

With lower RAM you need to run on the lower texture quality settings and performance may suffer.

Check Your Storage

WolfQuest Anniversary Edition currently requires 4 GB of storage but will need more in the future -- maybe 6 GB of storage. You need space to download the game. This doesn't really affect how well the game runs but it needs this space to exist on your computer.

Check Your Graphics Card Mode

Occasionally, computers may default to the weaker integrated graphics card instead of using the more powerful dedicated graphics card (when one is installed). To check this on computers with Nvideo GPUs:

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel (right mouse button on desktop)
  2. Go to "Manage 3D settings"
  3. Set the Power Management Mode to Maximum Performance

Launcher Issues

If the WQ game launcher doesn't work properly, it might be due to:

  • Anti-virus software: Try disabling it, run the launcher, and then re-enable it. (If this works, then add the game app to your anti-virus software's whitelist / approved list.)
  • Firewall / deep packet inspection: Try changing the rules or disabling it.

Improving Performance (FPS)

FPS (Frames Per Second) will determine how smoothly the game runs.

  • Ideal Smooth Performance: 60 FPS (Frames Per Second)
  • Basic Smooth Performance: 30 FPS (Frames Per Second) 
Experiment with the in-game graphics settings
  • Change the quality level (Fastest, Fast, Good, Beautiful, Fantastic, Gorgeous) until you achieve at least 30 FPS.
  • Then if you like, you can tweak the detail configuration options to fine tune (grass density, fur, shadows etc) for best balance of visual quality and performance.

See the devblog video WolfQuest, Graphics Cards, and You

Other tips to try to improve your frame rate:
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure it is plugged in and using the "High Performance" power plan.
  • If your laptop has an NVIDIA graphics card, try right-clicking on "WolfQuest Anniversary Edition.exe" in this filepath: "C:\Program Files (x86)\WolfQuest Anniversary Edition\app" and selecting "Run with graphics processor", then "High-Performance NVIDIA processor".
  • Anti-virus software may interfere with game performance; try adding the game app to your anti-virus / malware whitelist/approved list.

No Audio from Game

If you don't hear any game audio (music and sound effects), first make sure your computer's speakers/volume is turned up. Then if still no audio, try this: Open Device Manager and uninstall the audio drivers, then reinstall them. This generally solves the problem

Issues that are Fixed

We release patches (fixes) frequently. The game updates itself automatically when you launch. See all the patches.

  • Customization:
    • There was a bug which prevented customization when No Fur was selected in the game graphics settings. Now fixed.
    • Wolf eyes don't change color when in Basic graphics mode.
  • Long load times: This was an issue in the initial release but has been fixed. If you are still experiencing long load times be sure to determine if your computer can run the game (see above).
  • Cliff rocks do not have ground colliders (can fall through).
  • Wolf Bio: Can't use the word "His" 
  • Difficulty Level: Doesn't carry over from main menu to Amethyst map
  • Photo Mode: Wolf still moves, tip appears after switching back.
  • Wolf Panting Audio: Doesn't stop.
  • Meat chunks: sometimes disappear, have wrong label.
  • Map: Various problems with custom waypoints.
  • Dispersal wolves: Sometimes frozen.
  • Prey animals go into areas they shouldn't.
  • Invisible water in Basic graphics mode
  • Resolution pulldown lists no resolutions

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Common Problems on Underpowered Computers

The problems listed below commonly happen on computers with old and underpowered graphics capabilities. Please check the minimum system requirements above to see if your computer can run the game:

  • Invisible wolf
  • Thin black line for wolf
  • Crazy graphical weirdness
  • Psychedelic colors in scent view