Opened 4 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#11603 closed defect (fixed)

ULTIMA: bigger view no longer works with transition from Pentagram to ScummVM

Reported by: DominusExult Owned by: mduggan
Priority: normal Component: Engine: Ultima
Version: Keywords:
Cc: Game: Ultima VIII: Pagan


Pentagram had the option to expand the viewing window from the default 320x200 to anything you liked (via scalex/scaley in the pentagram.ini). This functionality was ripped out in the transition and is sorely missed, it was one of the outstanding features of Pentagram.

Change History (8)

comment:1 by mduggan, 4 years ago

The functionality is still in there, I just removed the mapping to the config as I was focusing on getting the basic game working nicely and it was getting in the way a little :)

Now that's done, I wonder if I should add an "enhanced" mode like for Ultima VI, which provides a double-size window so you get a larger view window etc. That or I can just fix the ini settings and leave it a bit hidden.

comment:2 by DominusExult, 4 years ago

Glad that it was only disabled and not ripped out. Sorry :)
I have to say the "enhanced" mode for Ultima VI confused the hell out of me as it wasn't clear what it means.
For now I'd be happy with the ini setting returning. Though maybe a more descriptive one, I was never happy with the scalex/y name. Maybe viewarea_x/y or something like that

comment:3 by ogui11aume, 3 years ago

Great to hear this is coming up.
Here's a little encouragement.
Having Ultima8 at higher resolutions and with wider viewport really make for a great experience.
Thank you.

comment:4 by Knuffibaer, 3 years ago

It can still be done by altering the scummvm.ini file which is typically located in "C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ScummVM". Just add two lines under [ultima8] which are width=854 and height=480. Alter the resolution to your needs.

And i agree. It is an assential feature in my opinion for this game to play on a little bit higher resolution.

Last edited 3 years ago by Knuffibaer (previous) (diff)

comment:5 by mduggan, 3 years ago

There is also now an option in the game options, "Enable high resolution" which gives a larger default viewport - it needs a restart of the game to take effect.

ScummVM doesn't have support for slider or dropdown options in games, so this is probably the best I can do for now - as @Knuffibaer also suggests, you can edit the ini manually to choose a different resolution if you prefer.

comment:6 by aquadran, 2 years ago

Summary: ULTIMA 8: bigger view no longer works with transition from Pentagram to ScummVMULTIMA: bigger view no longer works with transition from Pentagram to ScummVM

comment:7 by mduggan, 2 years ago

Based on the previous comment, I might actually close this as done. It would be nice to add more options but for now it's enough I think. I will document the ini file options on the wiki

comment:8 by mduggan, 2 years ago

Owner: set to mduggan
Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed
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