Widescreen support in game / max resolution - is gog version better then others? it's on sale now, nostalgic buy or not to buy problem
So I was very bored today and tried to figure this out. No the GoG version does not support widescreen. But the game does seem to accept widescreen if you specify it in the profile. This is a bit tricky though, you need to open "Robin Hood\DATA\Savegame\Profiles" with a hex editor and search for one of these:
20 44 00 00 F0 43
48 44 00 00 16 44
80 44 00 00 40 44
There might be multiple entries if you have multiple profiles, replace all of them. They are the three resolutions you can choose ingame (top is 640x480, middle is 800x600, bottom is 1024x768). I'm too stupid to figure out what the numbers mean but I've experimented and found some resolutions to try.
If you replace with 80 44 00 00 10 44 you get 1024x576. This is nice because the game apparently uses width to determine which UI to load and so you get a perfect UI in this resolution. Plus it's a resolution the game was "designed for", it isn't smaller or larger in width or height than any of the supported game resolutions. Obviously you need to add this as a custom resolution in your GPU driver and set scaling to GPU and not monitor as few monitors will accept this resolution.
If you replace with A0 44 00 34 44 you get 1280x720 which I prefer for pixel-based scaling titles. Nothing is too tiny and it's just a nice resolution to play titles like this. Also it's optimal for scaling to 1440p monitors. This and other resolutions however makes the UI look bad.
If you replace it with F0 44 00 00 87 44 you get 1920x1080. I think everything is way too tiny here, though the game does offer a blocky looking zoom function.
I don't know if widescreen breaks anything, I've only tested very basic functionality. This was the extent of my testing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTXB807T7JA