FYI, PC Gamers: Black Ops 2′s Config Files Are Encrypted

If you, like us, were looking to tweak the graphical performance of Call fo Duty: Black Ops 2, we have some bad news for you — it seems that Treyarch has encrypted the config files for the game.

Usually, you can track down the config files for an IW engine game from Steam in the steamapps/common/[Game Name]/players folder. They seem to be there this time, too, but editing them with a basic text editor like Notepad finds the files locked up tight. While it’s likely the community might find a way to crack into the files and make them adjustable in the future, for right now, it seems most of us will be stuck with what Treyarch allows us to change.

For the most part, however, that’s fine. Black Ops 2 for PC includes a number of graphical adjustments that allow you to tune your game’s performance. You can also adjust the field of view pretty significantly, which helps a great deal when playing the game on PC as opposed to console. But getting every last drop out of your rig, it seems, is out of reach.

This may well be part of Treyarch and Activision’s push toward bringing Black Ops 2 into the eSports scene, although it seems like plenty of other competitive games remain adjustable — and even moddable — and do just fine.

What do you guys think? Are the encrypted config files a big deal to you? Know of a work-around? Let us know in the comments.

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4 Comments on FYI, PC Gamers: Black Ops 2′s Config Files Are Encrypted


On November 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I give it 3 weeks before the internet community figures out how to crack it and have the game remain playable. not neccessarily to change anything, but just to show they can.


On November 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Depends on how much people will care to do it; if they don’t really care yeah 3 weeks, if they DO it’s probably already done.


On November 14, 2012 at 3:55 am

Quick, someone from Treyarch say that they’re uncrackable! That way, they will be cracked by tomorrow morning


On November 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

Has already been cracked. 1st day.