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'''Key points'''
 
{{ii}} 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.<ref>https://steamcommunity.com/app/4570/discussions/0/535150948618039156/</ref>
 
{{--}} To unlock the original races for multiplayer, Dawn of War (and Winter Assault if desired) must be installed (retail version) or merely owned on the same Steam account (Steam version) to prompt unlocking.
 
  
 
'''General information'''
 
'''General information'''
{{mm}} [http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Main_Page Lexicanum] - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
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{{Availability/row| GOG.com | warhammer_40000_dawn_of_war | DRM-free | Master Collection; bundled with [[Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War|Game of the Year Edition]], Winter Assault, and [[Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm|Soulstorm]].<br>Coming soon. |  | Windows | unavailable }}
 
{{Availability/row| GOG.com | warhammer_40000_dawn_of_war | DRM-free | Master Collection; bundled with [[Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War|Game of the Year Edition]], Winter Assault, and [[Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm|Soulstorm]].<br>Coming soon. |  | Windows | unavailable }}
 
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{{ii}} A free demo version is available from [https://www.gamefront.com/games/dawn-of-war-dark-crusade/file/warhammer-dawn-of-war-dark-crusade-demo GameFront].
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{{ii}} A free demo version is available from [https://www.gamefront.com/games/dawn-of-war-dark-crusade/file/warhammer-dawn-of-war-dark-crusade-demo GameFront].{{++}} Owners of retail copies can request a free Steam key from SEGA's UK support service.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160715213539/https://steamcommunity.com/app/4570/discussions/0/535150948618039156/ Own Boxed Copies of DoW? Get Free Steam Keys :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition General Discussions] (archived)</ref>
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{{--}} To unlock the original races for multiplayer, Dawn of War (and Winter Assault if desired) must be installed (retail version) or merely owned on the same Steam account (Steam version) to prompt unlocking.
  
 
==Essential improvements==
 
==Essential improvements==

Revision as of 13:15, 1 December 2022

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War:
Dark Crusade
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
Publishers
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows October 9, 2006
Reception
Metacritic 87
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS, TBS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade on HowLongToBeat
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade on IGDB
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade guide on StrategyWiki
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade on MobyGames
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade on Wikipedia
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Subseries of Warhammer 40,000
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
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 2017

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS and TBS game in the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series.

General information

Lexicanum - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
Dawn of War Wiki
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
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Windows
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Master Collection.
Windows
Humble Store
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Master Collection also available.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Windows
GOG.com (unavailable)
DRM-free
Master Collection; bundled with Game of the Year Edition, Winter Assault, and Soulstorm.
Coming soon.
Windows
A free demo version is available from GameFront.
Owners of retail copies can request a free Steam key from SEGA's UK support service.[2]
To unlock the original races for multiplayer, Dawn of War (and Winter Assault if desired) must be installed (retail version) or merely owned on the same Steam account (Steam version) to prompt unlocking.

Essential improvements

Patches

  • Patch 1.20 is the latest official patch for the retail version of the game, and requires patch 1.11 to be installed first.
  • The Steam version is on version 1.30, which is equivalent to 1.20 in terms of balance and gameplay - the only difference being Steamworks multiplayer used instead of GameSpy and LAN options.

Skip intro videos

Use the -nomovies argument.
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use the -nomovies argument.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Local.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4580/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\Profile*\dxp2\Singleplayer\SaveGames\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4580/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State 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.
Multi-monitor
Not recommended despite function. If forced, HUD and main view are divided across screens.
Ultra-widescreen
HUD will stretch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

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\

Windowed

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)

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)

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

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
Controller support

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, effects, voice, music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Intro video is censored; this version of the intro was later brought to the Steam version internationally.
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Fan translation.
Polish
Local retail version only, download
Russian
Local retail version only.
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Removed from the Steam version.[3]
Online play
8 Versus
The official GameSpy service has been shut down; Steam version has been updated with Steamworks support.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[3]

Issues fixed

Spooge Driver Not Found

Edit configuration file[4]
  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

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0b
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks GameSpy in non-Steam versions only.

Mods

Dawn of War has a "Game Manager", enabling switching between mods very easy.
In general, mods work for both the patched retail (1.2) and Steam (1.3) versions of the game.
It is possible to run multiple modifications at once. For instructions, see here.

Dawn of War Professional

ModDB page
Gameplay and balance mod which significantly changes the game
Restores upgrades that were removed in expansions and includes additional content created by the community. All units are designed to play a role until late game.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP processor
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/4580/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (4580) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References