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: Dawn of War guide at StrategyWiki
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War at Wikipedia
Warhammer 40,000
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,000 1997
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate 1998
Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War 1999
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior 2003
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2004
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade 2006
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm 2008
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II 2009
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising 2010
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution 2011
Dawn of War II: Retribution - The Last Stand 2011
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2011
Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance 2014
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team 2014
Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon 2014
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2016
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade 2016
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 2017

Key points

Multiplayer services have been shutdown. Only the Steam version works Online.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM.
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Game of the Year Edition.
Windows
Retail owners can contact the support team to get a Steam key.[2]
Winter Assault is not included in the Steam Game of the Year Edition.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Winter Assault
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use the -nomovies argument.

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. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Open Local.ini.
  4. Add the following line to the file: fullres_teamcolour=1
  5. 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.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Must be configured through external graphics utility.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate caps.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen (Steam)[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game, select Options and set Texture Detail to Low.
  2. Set the other graphical settings to the desired values, then close the game.
  3. Download the archive, then extract the files anywhere.
  4. Select the desired version, then extract the files into the main installation folder.
  5. Navigate to the main installation folder and open Local.ini with a text editor.
  6. Set the following lines to the desired resolution.
screenwidth=YourWidth
screenheight=YourHeight

Notes

If Texture Detail is set to Medium or High unexplored areas will appear as black in the miminap.
Widescreen (Retail versions 1.2 and 1.3)[citation needed]
  1. Download the archive and run the setup.
  2. Launch the game, then close it at the main menu.
  3. Navigate to the main installation path and open Local.ini with a text editor.
  4. Set the following lines to the desired resolution.
screenwidth=YourWidth
screenheight=YourHeight

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. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Open Local.ini.
  4. 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. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Open Local.ini.
  4. 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
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Versus
Removed from the Steam version.[3]
Online play
8 Versus
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.[3]

Ports

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

Set compatibility mode[4]
  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. GameSpy
  2. Steam Community - Boxed Dawn of War Copies
  3. 3.0 3.1 LAN match problem :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition General Discussions
  4. 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