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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn

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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn cover
2003-2011 JoWood Productions
2011-2016 Nordic Games
2016-present THQ Nordic
North America Encore
Re-release Sold Out Software
KRASS Engine
Release dates
Windows November 28, 2003
Metacritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG, RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series SpellForce
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on HowLongToBeat
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on IGDB
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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn on Wikipedia
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SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny 2012
SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past 2014
SpellForce 3 2017
SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest 2019
SpellForce 3: Fallen God 2020
SpellForce 3: Versus Edition 2020
SpellForce: Conquest of Eo 2023


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

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RPG and RTS game in the SpellForce series.

General information

Official Forum Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 4 DRM disc check. Expansions use SecuROM 5 DRM.
Russian copies use StarForce DRM.
CD key
The 2007 JoWood-published 'Spellforce Universe' (red box)
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Platinum Edition.
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Platinum Edition.
CD key
Platinum Edition. Serial keys for multiplayer available by request to GOG support team.[1]
Green Man Gaming
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Platinum Edition.
Humble Store
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Platinum Edition.
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CD key
Platinum Edition with unique 1.61 patch.

Version differences

The retail-only Gold Edition includes the base game and The Breath of Winter expansion pack.
The Platinum Edition includes the base game and both expansion packs.


Type Notes
Expansion pack The expansion packs include new campaigns, items, units, buildings, skirmish mode and more.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Breath of Winter
Shadow of the Phoenix

Essential improvements


Official patches can be found on Patches-Scrolls.

Fix for Polish retail release

To fix a problem with being unable to start the Polish retail version of the Gold Edition on Core i3/i5/i7 and Xeon processors, install CD Projekt's iCore fix.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename prelude videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\videos.
  2. Delete or rename prelude_0.bik, prelude_1.bik, prelude_2.bik and prelude_3.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.lua[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SpellForce\SAVE
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Added in a patch.[2]


Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution

Retail and versions do not natively support widescreen. There are two workarounds.
Download a fixed .exe from WSGF[citation needed]
  1. Download the modified executable archive from Nexus Mods (formerly on WSGF).
  2. Paste and overwrite the .exe corresponding to the desired resolution into the installation folder.
  3. The game will now play in widescreen.
Edit config.lua manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit config.lua.
  3. Locate the section Graphic =
  4. At the end of the section add two entries:
    • WindowWidth = *your window width*,
    • WindowHeight = *your window height*,
  5. Save the file and exit.
  6. Run SpellForce.exe as administrator.
This fix may cause a series of graphical errors.[citation needed]
Draw distance also can be increased beyond the in-game maximum in the config.lua file, but at the cost of performance drops.
As of July 2019, the latest Steam version of the game includes native widescreen resolution support via in-game options.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Voice.
Surround sound
Set in Options, Sound.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Steam only.
Retail and Steam only; download for version.
Retail and Platinum Edition only.
Retail and Platinum Edition only.
Retail and Platinum Edition only. Full official text and UI translation for the Steam Platinum Edition can be downloaded here
Retail and Platinum Edition only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports up to 3 players.
Online play
8 GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 WIP58, (DX9) see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Game asks for serial key on every launch

Enter key while running the game as administrator[citation needed]

Issues unresolved

Shadow issues

On modern systems, dynamic shadows (high and very high settings) are only rendered on part of the screen.[5] Precise cause remains unclear.

SLI issues

SLI (more than one graphics card) is not supported and causes a black anomaly to fill the screen. Disable SLI to remedy this.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.5c
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5y
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy server browser has been shut down.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0a compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible


  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: