AMD has performed an about-turn on supporting the DirectX 9 titles which broke as a result of its latest Radeon Adrenalin driver release. The likes of The Witcher, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and Battle for Middle-Earth were crashing on launch, with a member of AMD technical support claiming a fix was "unlikely".
Now Terry Makedo, director of AMD software strategy and user experience, has Tweeted out that AMD is identifying the big and will be releasing a fix as soon as possible.
Happy 2018 everyone!! I am seeing some stories pop up about AMD not supporting some old games. That is absolutely not true, we are identifying the bug and working on a fix asap. C&C, Witcher, BfME, etc will be working again.— Terry Makedon (@CatalystMaker) January 2, 2018
Good news then, meaning the original claim was either a case of crossed wires or, alternatively, AMD recognising the furor that had surrounded it and tackled the issue head-on.
Original Story: Jan-02-2018 - AMD Adrenalin Driver Breaks Support for Some DirectX 9 Games, Fix is 'Unlikely'
AMD’s latest Radeon Adrenalin graphics card driver is causing a spread of DirectX 9 titles to crash on launch. The broken compatibility now means games such as The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars, C&C: Red Alert 3 and The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth are now unplayable on AMD Radeon GPUs with the latest driver installed.
To make matters worse, an AMD technical support engineer has responded to the issue and said it’s “unlikely” that this will ever be fixed.
“This title is from 2007, so we are unlikely to devote any valuable engineering resources to this issue, which is most likely caused by outdated API modules,” said AMD’s ray_m over on the official support forums.
This is a bit of an odd one as AMD has historically been pretty decent at addressing using concerns, regardless of the bottom line. It’s a disappointing stance, rendering this handful of games unplayable. The ramifications here are also larger than this one particular instance - who’s to say further driver updates won’t break support for DirectX 11 titles further down the line? The beauty of PC gaming is its backward compatibility, allowing for the entire gaming history of the platform to still be playable to this day.
If you’re an AMD Radeon owner then you’ve doubtless already got the major Adrenalin driver update installed. It incorporates a number of high profile new features, including an in-game Radeon overlay and hardware performance monitor tools, as well as significant updates for FreeSync, ReLive, Chill and Frame Rate Target Control. It’s now a toss-up between the latest AMD Radeon driver or broken support for key DX9 titles.
Should you run into any problems running DirectX 9 titles then you can try rolling back your AMD Radeon driver. Simply uninstall your current drivers (Display Driver Uninstaller is best for a thorough wipe) and download an older driver version.
Which DirectX 9 Games Don't Run With AMD Radeon Adrenalin Graphics Card Driver
Here's the full list of currently known games which are running into problems. Some start, some don't. Some work with specific graphics cards, others are broken on all Radeon hardware.
- Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
- Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
- Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Broken when Enhanced Sync enabled)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Guild Wars 2
- Heroes of the Storm
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- League of Legends
- Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth
- Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2
- Mini Ninjas
- Ms. Splosion Man
- Painkiller: Black Edition
- Payday 2
- PES 2017
- Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
- STALKER: Lost Alpha
- Spellforce 2
- StarCraft 2
- Tales of Berseria
- The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
- The Witcher 2
What are your thoughts on this? Any AMD users out there noticed problems with other DirectX 9 titles after installing the latest driver?