Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
Publishers
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows September 20, 2004
Warhammer 40,000
Final Liberation 1997
Chaos Gate 1998
Rites of War 1999
Fire Warrior 2003
Dawn of War 2004
Dawn of War: Dark Crusade 2006
Dawn of War: Soulstorm 2008
Dawn of War II 2009
Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising 2010
Dawn of War II: Retribution 2011
Space Marine 2011
Storm of Vengeance 2014
Kill Team 2014
Armageddon 2014
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2016
Eternal Crusade 2016
Dawn of War III 2017

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Key points

Expansions are highly modifiable and several high quality mods are available.
Online server browser for non-Steam versions no longer works due to GameSpy services being shut down.

General information

Lexicanum - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
Dawn of War Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DRM: SecuROM
Contacting SEGA Support with proof of purchase, they will provide you with a Steam Key.
Steam Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition does not include the Winter Assault expansion. It must be purchased separately

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Winter Assault

Essential improvements[edit]

Higher resolution models[edit]

These enhancements are significantly more performance intensive. Ensure your PC is significantly more powerful than the recommended system specifications to ensure there is no loss of performance.
Full resolution models[citation needed]
  1. Open the local.ini file in the Dawn of War file folder.
  2. Add the following line to the file: fullres_teamcolour=1
  3. Save and close the file.
High Poly Models[citation needed]
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Add -forcehighpoly

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

This fix works only for versions 1.2 and 1.3. This will NOT work for Steam version because it is patched to 1.51. You can still use this fix and get game run in your native resolution, but game will be in 4:3 with black bars on sides.
Widescreen resolution[citation needed]
  1. Download and apply patch 1.3 from Widescreen Gaming Forum.
  2. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  3. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  4. Locate lines screenheight=xxxx and screenwidth=xxxx and change it to your desired resolution.
This fix works for the latest version of DoW.
The minimap becomes half unusable with this fix. Also, editing the binaries might trigger anti-cheat protection.
Widescreen resolution[1]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  3. Locate lines screenheight=xxxx and screenwidth=xxxx and change it to your desired resolution (some people claim that rounding out these values, e.g. 1366x768 -> 1360x760, fixes the minimap issue, but I haven't been able to replicate this).
  4. Download any Hex Editor.
  5. Open W40k.exe with your Hex Editor of choice and find ABAAAA3F.
  6. Replace it with 398EE33F for 16:9 or CCCCCD3F for 16:10.
  7. Repeat for Platform.dll, spDx9.dll and finally for UserInterface.dll (you will find two occurences in this last file, replace them both).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This fix will greatly enhance zoom capabilities.
Field of view (FOV)[citation needed]
  1. Download Camera Zoom Mod.
  2. Copy .lua file to Dawn of War\Engine\Data\

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Forcing AA will render fonts blurry and harder to read.
Forcing AA via graphics driver will result in greater AA. INI fix is probably only 2x AA.
Anti-aliasing (AA)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  3. Locate line screenantialias=0 and change it to screenantialias=1.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable vsync[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  3. Locate line screennovsync=0 and change it to screennovsync=1.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Cutscenes only.
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Removed from the Steam version.[2]
Online play
8 Server browser no longer works for non-Steam versions.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 6112

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

Set compatibility mode[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click on W40k.exe and click Properties.
  3. Click Compatibility, then check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and click "Windows 98/ME"
  4. Click OK.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0b
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes DivX
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1.4 GHz
Intel Pentium IV 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War GOTY Widescreen fix | WSGF
  2. 2.0 2.1 LAN match problem :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition General Discussions
  3. FIXED: Dawn of War GotY and WA: Shutdown on opening cinematics/main menu. :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition General Discussions