Star Wars: Empire at War

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Star Wars: Empire at War
Star Wars: Empire at War cover
Petroglyph Games
Disney Interactive Studios
Alamo Game Engine
Release dates
Windows February 16, 2006
macOS (OS X) April 2, 2007
Star Wars: Empire at War guide at StrategyWiki
Star Wars: Empire at War at Wikipedia
Star Wars
Series: Star Wars: X-Wing 1993
Series: Star Wars: Rebel Assault 1993
Series: Star Wars: Jedi Knight 1995
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1997
Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
Star Wars: Rebellion 1998
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D 1998
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999
Star Wars: Episode I – Racer 1999
Star Wars: Force Commander 2000
Star Wars: Episode I – Battle for Naboo 2001
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds 2001
Star Wars: Starfighter 2001
Star Wars Galaxies 2003
Series: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Series: Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
Series: Lego Star Wars 2005
Star Wars: Republic Commando 2005
Star Wars: Empire at War 2006
Series: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2009
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes 2009
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Key points

Additional maps, units, and factions available through a strong modding community.
Online multiplayer for non-Steam versions has stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down.[1]

General information

Official game site
Official game expansion site
Wookieepedia - A huge wiki dedicated to the Star Wars universe Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
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Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack
Mac App Store
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Does not support online play (LAN only).
macOS (OS X)
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Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack
The Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack comes with both the base game and the Forces of Corruption expansion

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Forces of Corruption


Essential improvements[edit]


The Gold Pack is already patched to the latest major versions
The Steam version already includes all of these patches.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\Data\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Petroglyph\Empire At War\Save\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Will lock up some systems. Confirmed working R9 390x.
Field of view (FOV)
Select windowed mode in video options (Steam only) or use the WINDOWED command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Added in Forces of Corruption expansion only, in slide-bar format.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Capped at 200 FPS.[2]
120+ FPS
Capped at 200 FPS. Retail version capped at 85 FPS.
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
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]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate master, dialogue, effects and music sliders.
Surround sound
Uses Dolby Surround Sound.
Subtitles only shown during cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Supports up to EAX 4.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 1234, 3658-3660, 6500, 27900, 28910, 3783, 6515, 6667, 13139, 28900, 29900-29901, 29920
UDP (outbound) 1234, 3658-3660, 6500, 27900, 28910, 3783, 6515, 6667, 13139, 28900, 29900-29901, 29920
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes[edit]

This usually occurs when starting a campaign or tutorial mission in the Forces of Corruption expansion pack.
Game crashes[citation needed]
  1. Download GraphicDetails.xml.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\XML\ and drop the file there.


The non-Steam version of the Forces of Corruption expansion pack has compatibility issues with 64-bit systems that have more than 2 GB of system RAM.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 2
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks Steam version uses Steamworks.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1000+
Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB 3.6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2 support
ATI Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200
64 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3 support
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 7300
128 MB of VRAM