Star Wars: Empire at War

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Star Wars: Empire at War
Star Wars: Empire at War cover
Petroglyph Games
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Disney Interactive Studios
Alamo Game Engine
Release dates
Windows February 16, 2006
macOS (OS X) April 2, 2007
Star Wars: Empire at War guide on StrategyWiki
Star Wars: Empire at War on Wikipedia


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

Additional maps, units, and factions available through a strong modding community.

General information

Official game site
Official game expansion site
Wookieepedia - A huge wiki dedicated to the Star Wars universe Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
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Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack
Mac App Store
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Does not support online play (LAN only).
macOS (OS X)
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Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack
Included with Origin Access Basic.
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Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack
The Star Wars: Empire at War: Gold Pack comes with both the base game and the Forces of Corruption expansion

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Forces of Corruption


Essential improvements[edit]


The Gold Pack is already patched to the latest major versions
The Steam version already includes all of these patches.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\Data\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32470/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Petroglyph\Empire At War\Save\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32470/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Will lock up some systems. Confirmed working R9 390x.
Field of view (FOV)
Select windowed mode in video options (Steam only) or use the WINDOWED command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Added in Forces of Corruption expansion only, in slide-bar format.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 200 FPS.[1] Retail version capped at 85 FPS.

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
Separate master, dialogue, effects and music sliders.
Surround sound
Uses Dolby Surround Sound.
Subtitles only shown during cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Supports up to EAX 4.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 GameSpy services have been shut down;[2] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 1234, 3658-3660, 6500, 27900, 28910, 3783, 6515, 6667, 13139, 28900, 29900-29901, 29920
UDP 1234, 3658-3660, 6500, 27900, 28910, 3783, 6515, 6667, 13139, 28900, 29900-29901, 29920
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes[edit]

This usually occurs when starting a campaign or tutorial mission in the Forces of Corruption expansion pack.
Game crashes[citation needed]
  1. Download GraphicDetails.xml.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\XML\ and drop the file there.


The non-Steam version of the Forces of Corruption expansion pack has compatibility issues with 64-bit systems that have more than 2 GB of system RAM.

Low framerate on Empire at War[edit]

Go to <path-to-game>\EAWX and rename sweaw.exe to swfoc.exe.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[3]


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks Steam version uses Steamworks.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1000+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2 support
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 7300
128 MB of VRAM


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (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>/32470/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (32470) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.