Homeworld 2

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Homeworld 2
Homeworld 2 cover
Relic Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Original Sierra Entertainment
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows September 16, 2003
macOS (OS X) September 21, 2004
Homeworld 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Homeworld 2 on MobyGames
Homeworld 2 on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Homeworld 1999
Homeworld: Cataclysm 2000
Homeworld 2 2003
Homeworld Remastered Edition 2015
Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition 2015
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak 2016

Key points

Mod friendly
Small but dedicated community

General information

Relic Entertainment Official site
Encyclopedia Hiigara - A wiki for everything Homeworld related
Homeworld Shipyards - A fairly old but big Homeworld fan site
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 5 DRM.
macOS (OS X)
Homeworld Remastered Collection
Mac App Store
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Homeworld Remastered Collection. Updated for compatibility with modern systems. Currently no online multiplayer or mod support.
macOS (OS X)
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Homeworld Remastered Collection
The Homeworld Remastered Collection contains Homeworld, Homeworld 2, Homeworld Remastered Edition and Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition.

Essential improvements[edit]




  • Patch 1.2 - This unofficial patch adds some added bug fixes and enhancements to the game. Note that it is largely incompatible with mods.

Game data[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/244160/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Bin\Profiles\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/244160/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.


Set in shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut properties.
  2. In the Target box add the line -windowed -w ### -h ###, substituting your resolution.
  3. For a borderless window use your desktop resolution and add -noborder to the end.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
6 GameSpy services have been shut down;[1] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Marine frigate capture bug[edit]

Marine frigates are unable to capture enemy vessels. Once the capture-order has been completed, ship control is never transferred, even with repeated attempts.

This is not a bug. Relic disabled the ability to capture ships that build other ships in Single Player.

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows Vista/7 compatibility fix[edit]

Use the German cracked executable or completely disable DEP[2]

Choppy/laggy camera movement on Windows 7 fix[edit]

Enable Vsync via the PLAYERCFG.LUA file found in Homeworld2/Bin/Profiles/Profile1 by editing it with a simple text editor. This will force the game to enable Vsync if the game crashes when you select Vsync in the Options menu ingame.

Obsolete video card driver error message fix for modern Nvidia cards[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>/BIN
  2. Edit driverConfig.lua and replace some content with this.

Black screen, then crash on startup for AMD cards[edit]

Replace the atioglxx.dll file
  1. Download the updated atioglxx.dll file.
  2. Place it under <path-to-game>\bin\release.
  3. Launch the game.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 833 MHz
AMD Athlon 833 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia GeForce 640M
Intel HD 4000
512 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/244160/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (244160) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).