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Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition

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

Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition
Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition cover
Original Relic Entertainment
Gearbox Software
Blackbird Interactive
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Gearbox Software
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows February 25, 2015
macOS (OS X) August 6, 2015
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 87
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 Remastered Edition on HowLongToBeat
Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition on IGDB
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Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition on Wikipedia
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


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Homeworld 2 Remastered Edition is a remastered version of the 2003 sci-fi real-time strategy game Homeworld 2. It contains the original version, and is distributed exclusively as part of the Homeworld Remastered Collection.

General information

Homeworld Shipyards - A fairly old but big Homeworld fan site
Official support knowledgebase Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Homeworld Remastered Collection
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Homeworld Remastered Collection
macOS (OS X)
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Homeworld Remastered Collection
macOS (OS X)
Homeworld Remastered Collection
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Homeworld Remastered Collection
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
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Collector's Edition only
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
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Collector's Edition only
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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Currently no online multiplayer or mod support.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\HomeworldRM\Data\Animatics.
  2. Delete or rename GBXlogo.webm.

2.3 players patch

The unofficial 2.3 Players Patch fixes many bugs and glitches, but also introduces some minor gameplay changes. Install at your own discretion. The entire changelog can be found here. The Steam version can be installed via the Steam Workshop, the GOG version can be downloaded here.

When using the GOG version, you have to launch the game from the new provided shortcuts - read the instructions file after unpacking the patch.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game HUD settings.
In-game HUD settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\HomeworldRM\Bin\Profiles\Profile1[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/244160/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/244160/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
UI is spanned across monitors and have scaling issues.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 16x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Adds noticeable mouse lag.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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

3-dimensional movement

Press M, then hold Shift and left- or right-click to set z-axis coordinates.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Speech, Music and UI.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7777, 28900, 28910
UDP 7777, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

GOG version does not launch from GOG Galaxy

If the GOG version does not start when launching the game from GOG Galaxy, try starting the launcher from <path-to-game>\HWLauncher\launcher.exe.[1][2] This can be set as the default location for GOG Galaxy by clicking Manage InstallationConfigure → Scroll to the bottom → Add another executable / arguments, and then select the above mentioned linked as default.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[3]


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer SHiFT, Steamworks, Epic Online Services Epic Online Services added in patch 2.300

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) 2.2 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
ATI Radeon HD 4800
512 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.3 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) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 4000
512 MB of VRAM


  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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  2. - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  3. MacOS Catalina, 64-bit, 32-bit, and related Questions – Aspyr Support - last accessed on 9 June 2023