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Homeworld 2

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This page is for the original release. For the remastered version, see Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition.

Homeworld 2
Homeworld 2 cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Publishers
Original Sierra Entertainment
Current Gearbox Software
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows September 16, 2003
macOS (OS X) September 21, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 83
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Free-roaming camera
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Homeworld
Homeworld 2 on HowLongToBeat
Homeworld 2 on IGDB
Homeworld 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Homeworld 2 on MobyGames
Homeworld 2 on Wikipedia
Homeworld
Homeworld 1999
Homeworld: Cataclysm 2000
Homeworld 2 2003
Homeworld Remastered Edition 2015
Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition 2015
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak 2016
Homeworld: Vast Reaches 2024
Homeworld 3 2024

Warnings

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

Homeworld 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer free-roaming camera RTS game in the Homeworld series.

General information

Homeworld Shipyards - A fairly old but big Homeworld fan site
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
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 5 DRM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Homeworld Remastered Collection
Windows
Steam
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Homeworld Remastered Collection
Windows
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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Homeworld Remastered Collection. Updated for compatibility with modern systems. Currently no online multiplayer or mod support.
macOS (OS X)
The Homeworld Remastered Collection contains Homeworld, Homeworld 2, Homeworld Remastered Edition and Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition. Non-remastered versions have multiplayer disabled.

Demo

A free demo version is available from GameFront.

Essential improvements

Patches

Official

Fan-made

  • 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

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Run the game with the -windowed -w ### -h ### command line arguments, with inserted custom width and height values.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Run the game with the -windowed -w ### -h ### -noborder command line arguments, with inserted custom width and height values.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Polish
Local retail only.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Not available in the Homeworld Remastered Collection version.[1] Can be restored with this Workshop mod.
Online play
6 Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[2] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues fixed

Windows Vista/7 compatibility fix

Disable Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in Windows, or use a German No-CD patch.[3]

Choppy/laggy camera movement on Windows 7 fix

Enable Vsync via editing the PLAYERCFG.LUA file found in <path-to-game>\Bin\Profiles\Profile1 in a text editor.
This will force the game to enable Vsync if the game crashes when selecting Vsync in the Options menu ingame.

Obsolete video card driver error message fix for modern Nvidia cards

Instructions
  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

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

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0b
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

Command line arguments

A full list of command line arguments is found in this forum thread.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, 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)
Minimum
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) Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 4000
512 MB of VRAM


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. 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).

References