(No, the "Re" in ReShade has nothing to do with Red Eclipse)What is ReShade?
) is an injection tool for the OpenGL and DirectX library. It allows injection of shaders into games and software that would otherwise not have them. Before you read any further, let me disappoint you now: It only works under Wndows
. I'll run through a list of its limitations:Limitations
- Only works with the 32-bit library (unless someone finds a 64-bit build of ReShade)
- Only works under Windows (tested in Windows 10, works perfectly)
- Not compatible with water refraction, will cause glitches with the water.
- Not recommended for game play unless you have some sort of monster rig.
Now that we know what it can and can't do, let's get to installing it.Installing
Usually, if you want to install ReShade onto another application, you just run the ReShade installer, select your EXE, push the install button and you're done.
It's not that simple in Red Eclipse, since ReShade assumes the executable is at the root of the program's folder. (Thanks, Obama. But mostly Quin. Dat weird file structure confuses the shit out of the installer)First thing to do
is to get ReShade and "install" it. You can get it here
After downloading ReShade, run its installer. It will have the PC Master Race icon (obviously).
You will be presented with a small dialog box. Click on the big button, go to your Red Eclipse folder, usually located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Red Eclipse
.DO NOT SELECT THE EXECUTABLE, OR THIS WILL FAIL.
Instead, type in "redeclipse.bat" in the file box, and click on Open.
The installer will now say "Installing" in the title bar. It might not be obvious, but you have to Click on the OpenGL radio button
in order for it to continue. It will then install, maybe throw a few UAC pop-ups at you, ask you if you want to download a few shaders (select yes and install them all) and you'll be on your way... But not quite.
Now, close the installer. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Red Eclipse (Or wherever Red Eclipse is on your drive). You will see two new files and a new folder. The two new files are called opengl32.dll
. Follow my instructions to the letter, or your ceiling will crumble on you, your neighbor's cat will die and Quin will have to wax his nethers over and over for an eternity.
Just kidding, it's just not gonna work otherwise.
You want to copy those files to %REDECLIPSE_ROOT%\bin\x86\
, so that the executable can use them.Time to launch the game! Let me just double-click that icon on my desktop...
NUNUNUNUNUNU. This is going to launch the amd64 edition of Red Eclipse, where ReShade is not installed (remember that no amd64 version of ReShade is available, only x86 is).
You will have to manually launch redeclipse.exe from %REDECLIPSE_ROOT%\bin\x86\
, unless someone knows a parameter I can pass to the launcher to launch another build of Red Eclipse? I recommend linking the 32-bit executable to your desktop and giving it a name like "Red Eclipse + ReShade".TIME TO LAUNCH AND FEEL THE POWER OF THE PC MASTER RACE
If you see a gray loading box on the top of your screen as the game launches, it means you have successfully installed the injection mod. I recommend setting a shortcut right away that disables the shaders on the fly, as some shaders (like DOF) break menus and lag the game. (Press Shift + F2 to bring up the ReShade menu, go into settings, and set the disable toggle to KP_ASTERISK or something like that)Now, Acer, you said you didn't recommend playing with ReShade activated?
Indeed, I did. Unless your machine can take the pounding, in which case I recommend enabling MXAO and HDR right away, two things that are desperately missing from Red Eclipse.
For the rest, such as DOF and other special effects, use them to take cinematic screenshots of maps, make Red Eclipse marketing videos (although doing this would be straight-up lying about the engine's capabilities) and have some fun looking at maps in their full PC Master Race glory.Screenshots