Empires: Dawn of the Modern World

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Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World cover
Stainless Steel Studios
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2003
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World guide at StrategyWiki
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World at Wikipedia
Empire Earth
Empire Earth 2001
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World 2003
Empire Earth II 2005
Empire Earth III 2007

Key points

Online multiplayer stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down
Supported by GameRanger[1]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Official manual


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Patched to 1.3.

Essential improvements[edit]


The newest patch is 1.3. Patches for the game can be found here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SSSI\Empires\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Any resolution above 1920x1080 crashes the game during gameplay (excluding cutscenes)
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.


Force windowed[2]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the path to <path-to-game>\Empires_DMW.exe.
  4. Set the desired window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX 8.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable Vsync[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Double-click on Wait for VSync.
  3. Change the value to 0 to disable Vsync.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles only in cutscenes and ingame video sequences
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[4]
TCP 6500, 28900, 29900, 29901, 33335
UDP 13139, 27900, 33321
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 75 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Double-click on Custom Refresh Rate.
  3. Select Decimal and change 75 to the screen refresh rate.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy servers have been shut down.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98. 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
AMD Athlon 600 MHz
Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (Online multiplayer: 256 MB) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/2690/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2690) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.