Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
Iron Lore Entertainment
Publishers
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows March 4, 2008
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm guide at StrategyWiki
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm 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

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, previous expansions must be installed to prompt unlocking. Alternatively, see this link.
Online server browser for non-Steam versions no longer works due to GameSpy services being shut down.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
SecuROM DRM
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

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. Also note that this won't work for some people while it works for others. This is completely at random and cannot be fixed.
Full resolution models[citation needed]
  1. Open the local.ini file in the DOW folder.
  2. Add the following line to the file: fullresteamcolour=1
  3. Save and close the file.
High Poly Models[citation needed]

Use the -forcehighpoly command line argument.

Mods[edit]

Dawn of War has a "Game Manager", enabling switching between mods very easy.

Bug fix modification[edit]

Full details of this modification are here. Soulstorm was a very incomplete expansion, and due to the demise of Iron Lore Entertainment shortly after its release, there was little to no post-launch support.

  • This mod intends to fix a majority of "obvious" bugs (such as upgrades doing less damage than their originals) and implements advanced Skirmish AI.
  • Highly recommended for those who play solo (skirmish/campaign).
  • Also recommended for those who play online, but all players must have this mod installed.
This mod breaks Campaign movies (fix provided on mod download page).

Dawn of War Professional[edit]

An extremely dedicated group of individuals put together this "alternative" version of Dawn of War. While an acquired taste and significantly different to the base game, it offers a more intricate and interesting experience, with unit roles switched up, some upgrades that were removed in expansions restored, and additional content created by the community. All units are designed to play a role until late game.

The mod can be downloaded here.

Campaign Base Consistency[edit]

The mechanics in the Campaign changed between Dark Crusade and Soulstorm, causing the loss of "consistent bases" (buildings built in previous missions are there for the next mission on that map). This can be fixed by installing this mod.

Multiple mods[edit]

It is possible to run multiple modifications at once. For instructions, see here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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 the .lua file to Dawn of War\Engine\Data\

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

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

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. Change screenantialias=0 to screenantialias=1.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

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
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy Non-Steam versions only.

System requirements[edit]

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

References

  1. https://steamcommunity.com/app/4570/discussions/0/535150948618039156/
  2. 2.0 2.1 No LAN button? :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm General Discussions