- 03.09.2020 -


Intro

Ever since the migration of the servers in the beginning of August 2020, game's website can't be accessed in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 anymore. Windows 10 users can still play in Internet Explorer 11, but Firefox is simply a better browser, so they could play via Firefox too.
It can be accessed in other browsers, but you can't play the game since the other browsers are not supporting NPAPI plugins anymore, therefore you can't play the game in browser on Windows 7.
For that reason we need a workaround in order to bypass the game's limitation, for all players who are still using Windows 7.
Why playing via browser when the game has it own client? - The game client is very limited and playing experience on it is often a hassle. In example the game client can't save login details, which is a serious disadvantage. The other major reason is CDN failures, which are pretty frequent in the game. And the biggest issue are the updates and patches, the game is managing them very poorly.


Workaround

In order to run the game, we need to install Firefox and Java plugin for browser.


Firefox Browser

Many players are using other browser than Firefox, other players are already using Firefox but the new versions are not supporting NPAPI plugins in any way and they can't have more than one Firefox installation on their PC. For that reason we are going to be using an older Portable Firefox version.
Portable apps are not being installed and they can work even on a USB Flash Drive.
Therefore we will use Mozilla Firefox 52.9.0 ESR, Portable Edition. This is the last Firefox version which can run Java plugin for browser.


Installing the browser

You can download the browser here
Extract the browser in a new folder

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You can create a shortcut to your desktop by right clicking clicking on the FirefoxPortable.exe and then send it to desktop.


Firefox 32bit

The portable installation is coming with 32bit and 64bit Firefox versions. You NEED to run the 32bit version, 64bit won't work !
For that reason open the FirefoxPortable.ini file in the

FirefoxPortableLegacy52\Other\Source folder
FF guide - extract folder source.jpg

and change the AlwaysUse32Bit line from false to true.
If you don't have it just copy/paste the following line at the end:

AlwaysUse32Bit=true
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Changing the FirefoxPortable.ini file in the main folder instead of the source folder, should be working too.


Java installation

Download Java plugin for browser from the official website.
Note : you need to download 32bit Java version. The official website is detecting whether your browser is 32bit or 64bit and you get a download link accordingly. That means you need to make your browser 32bit first.
In case you can't handle it, here is an extra link where you can manually download the Java plugin. The first 2 links are for 32bit version download. Link

Download Java, close the browser and install Java.


Enable Java in Firefox

Java plugin is disabled in Firefox by default. For that reason we need to enable Java plugin by doing these steps:

* Open the Firefox browser or restart it, if it is already running
* From the Firefox menu, select Tools, then click the Add-ons option
* In the Add-ons Manager window, select Plugins
* Click Java (TM) Platform plugin to select it
* Check that the option selected is Ask to Activate or Always Activate or on older Firefox
versions, click on the Enable button (if the button says Disable, Java is already enabled)


FF guide - Java activation.jpg


User-Agent Header

The game's website will not allow Firefox to run the game, therefore we need to make Firefox "introduce" as Internet Explorer 11 working on Windows 10, in order to activate the Java container
We can do that manually in the Firefox configuration editor (about:config page) but it can be too complicated for some player, therefore we will do the easier way.
For that purpose we will download the User-Agent Switcher Firefox add-on here.
Install the add-on and click on it to set it up. Select these two options (don't touch anything in the first line), in the second line select Internet Explorer 11, in the third line select Windows 10 as shown in the following screenshot:

FF guide - Addon setting.jpg

That is all.

Start the Game

Now you can login on Drakensang Online's website and start the game.

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