Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition

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Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition cover
Developers
Blizzard Entertainment
Release dates
Mac OS (Classic) September 30, 1999
Windows September 30, 1999
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition guide at StrategyWiki
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition at Wikipedia
Warcraft
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition 1999
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2002
World of Warcraft 2004
Hearthstone 2014
Warcraft III: Reforged 2019

This page is for the Battle.net-compatible and GOG.com enhanced releases. For the original release, see Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

General information

Developer site
Wowpedia - A huge wiki for everything Warcraft universe related.
Wargus & Stratagus patch - For playing on modern systems (in Wargus patch setup select Warcraft II - it's a hidden option).
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Original 1999 retail disc release.
Mac OS
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Enhanced 2019 GOG.com release.
Includes a key to play online through Battle.net.
Warcraft I & II Bundle is also available.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (1999, retail disc)[edit]

Released September 30, 1999.
First Windows version of Warcraft II to have TCP/IP internet play through Battle.net.
Uses disc check and CD key DRM.
Limited to 800x600 resolution and exclusive fullscreen mode.

Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (2019, GOG.com release)[edit]

Released March 28, 2019.
Includes both the classic version with Battle.net access, and a modern OS compatible enhanced version.
Enhanced version uses a DirectX wrapper for better graphical compatibility in modern operating systems.
Both versions use an IPX wrapper to provide IPX/SPX support for LAN multiplayer.
No disc check DRM.
No CD key DRM for the enhanced version.
The enhanced version does not have Battle.net access, although the included classic version does.
CD key DRM for online play through Battle.net in the classic version.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The most up-to-date standalone installer version for the retail release is 2.02.
Operating System Download Link
Windows Blizzard FTP Server
Mac Blizzard FTP Server

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Warcraft II\
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

GOG.com release DirectX wrapper settings menu.
GOG.com release DirectX wrapper settings menu.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The GOG.com enhanced version has stretch full-screen, pillarboxed full-screen, and pixel-based scaling as options.
Multi-monitor
The GOG.com enhanced version has stretch full-screen with options that allow multi-monitor resolutions.
Ultra-widescreen
The GOG.com enhanced version has stretch full-screen with options that allow ultrawidescreen resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
The GOG.com enhanced version supports 4K resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use Window Mode for WarCraft 2.
The GOG.com enhanced version supports windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The GOG.com enhanced version supports borderless full-screen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The GOG.com enhanced version supports up to 16x anisotropic filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
The GOG.com enhanced version supports up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
The GOG.com enhanced version supports vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The GOG.com enhanced version supports greater than 60 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings menu.
In-game input settings menu.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Screen edge map scroll speed can be adjusted.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings menu.
In-game audio settings menu.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separated into music and all other game audio.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Forced.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Russian
Unofficial translation by GSC Game World.
Download and information

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 See Issues fixed.
Online play
8 Via Battle.net Classic

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6112-6119
UDP 6112-6119
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game uses IPX for multiplayer[edit]

The retail releases use IPX for LAN multiplayer, meaning Windows Vista and higher cannot play LAN multiplayer.[citation needed]
The Battle.net Edition added TCP/IP multiplayer via Battle.net.
The GOG.com release comes prepackaged with a wrapper which repackages IPX traffic as UDP traffic to enable LAN multiplayer.
Use IPX tunneling (Windows)[citation needed]
  1. Download the latest version of IPXWrapper.
  2. Copy and paste the files inside the ZIP file you downloaded into <path-to-game>

Game crashes on startup or refuses to start[edit]

An issue in the code causes the game to trigger Data Execution Prevention protections.
Fix Data Execution Prevention setting

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) setting is set to Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only or add a DEP Exception for Warcraft II BNE.exe and Warcraft II BNE_dx.exe and reboot the system.

No Audio In-Game[edit]

If the operating system is set to use surround sound audio, game audio may not play.
Change operating system audio mode to stereo
  1. Press Windows key + R to open a Run window, type mmsys.cpl into the run window, and click OK.
  2. Under the Playback tab, Left Click your default output device, and then Left Click Configure.
  3. Choose Stereo and follow the configuration wizard instructions.

Other information[edit]

In-game miscellaneous settings menu.
In-game miscellaneous settings menu.

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 2 GOG.com enhanced version uses/requires D3D9.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video, Smacker Video
Multiplayer Battle.net Classic

Cover Art Gallery[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Original Retail Release[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium-class
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA-compliant video card
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 601
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 colors

GOG.com Digital Re-release[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz or faster
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Users running older versions of Windows 10 Redstone may experience a crash on launch when running the game’s executable. Patching your operating system to the newest version (Redstone 5) should correct this issue.
The GOG.com release does not support Mac OS nor OS X.

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References