Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade cover
Relic Entertainment
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows October 9, 2006
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade guide at StrategyWiki
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade at Wikipedia
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
Dawn of War II: Retribution - The Last Stand 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

Key points

Dawn of War and all of its expansions are highly modifiable and several high quality mods are available
If you own a boxed copy of the game you can request a free Steam key from Sega.[1]
To unlock the original races for multiplayer, Dawn of War (and Winter Assault if desired) must be installed to prompt unlocking
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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
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Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Local.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\Profile*\dxp2\Singleplayer\SaveGames\

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
Native support was added with this expansion, however it is still strongly recommended to use the Field of View change to remove the Vert-.
HUD will stretch.
Not recommended despite function. If forced, HUD and main view are divided across screens.
HUD will stretch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Force with any utility.
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

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\


Cursor may sometimes be unlocked to the game. Switch tasks to resolve.
Windowed[citation needed]
  1. Run the game at least once to generate required .ini file.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini.
  3. Change screenwindowed=0 to screenwindowed=1.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable vertical sync (Vsync)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini.
  3. Change screennovsync=0 to screennovsync=1.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Forcing AA via graphics driver will result in greater AA. INI fix is probably only 2x AA.
Forcing AA will render fonts blurry and harder to read.
Anti-aliasing (AA)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini.
  3. Change screenantialias=0 to screenantialias=1.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Can adjust scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Cursor-based game.
Can invert pan when holding mouse button, but also affects x-axis.
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, effects, voice, music
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always mutes.


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2]

Issues fixed[edit]

Spooge Driver Not Found[edit]

Edit configuration file[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into Drivers
  3. Open spdx9_config.txt
  4. Scroll down to your video card.
  5. Find the allowdevice 0 lines.
  6. Change the 0 to 1 on all the allowdevice 0 lines.
  7. Save your changes and run the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy Non-Steam versions only.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP processor 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
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


  1. https://steamcommunity.com/app/4570/discussions/0/535150948618039156/
  2. 2.0 2.1 No LAN or Direct connect? :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade General Discussions
  3. Dawn of War Spooge Error FIX!!!!!!!!!!!!! :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition General Discussions