Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance cover
Developers
Gas Powered Games
Publishers
Retail THQ
Digital, original Nordic Games
Digital, current Square Enix
Engines
Moho
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2007
Reception
Metacritic 81
IGDB 75
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Supreme Commander
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance on HowLongToBeat
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance on IGDB
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance on MobyGames
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance on Wikipedia
Supreme Commander
Supreme Commander 2007
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance 2007
Supreme Commander 2 2010

General information

Standalone expansion for Supreme Commander; does not require the original to play.
Supreme Commander Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM v7 DRM - removed in official update 1.5.3596 hotfix
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Included in Supreme Commander: Gold Edition. Version 3599 included instead of 3603, multiplayer only available via LAN.
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
Retail copies of Supreme Commander activate on Steam and give a free copy of Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.5.3603 beta is the latest official patch.
Patching the GOG version
  1. Install or copy the game files to C:\Program Files\THQ\Gas Powered Games\Supreme Commander - Forged Alliance\.
  2. Rename <path-to-game>\bin\SupremeCommander.exe to <path-to-game>\bin\ForgedAlliance.exe.
  3. Copy the patcher to the <path-to-game>\bin\ folder and run it.
  4. The initial process will fail. Uncheck the Safe Mode checkbox and press Start.
  5. It will still claim it failed, but it will actually overwrite ForgedAlliance.exe.
  6. Rename <path-to-game>\bin\ForgedAlliance.exe back to <path-to-game>\bin\SupremeCommander.exe.
  7. The main menu now should have the 3603 version number in the top right corner.
The only relevant differences between the patched GOG and the Steam version will be SupremeCommander.exe and a couple of LUA files in the <path-to-game>\gamedata\lua.scd archive. The difference in the LUA files are related to the Steam-based multiplayer and general lobby rules.

Mods[edit]

Forged Alliance Forever[edit]

Forged Alliance Forever is a third party modification. This includes balance tweaks and a new multiplayer interface to replace the no longer supported GPGnet. FAF is compatible with Steam and GOG.com versions of the game, but not retail copies.[2]

LOUD PROJECT[edit]

The LOUD PROJECT is a complete replacement for the AI and most of the core files from Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. As a result, it addresses most of the performance issues that have plagued the game from it's release. The package includes a subset of many of the most popular mods for Forged Alliance, adapted for use with LOUD, and an entire collection of maps updated for optimal performance with the project. A unified installer/updater will install, and maintain the entire project, with a single button. LOUD runs using an existing Forged Alliance installation, and it leaves all original files untouched.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Gas Powered Games\Supreme Commander Forged Alliance\Game.prefs
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9420/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Gas Powered Games\Supreme Commander Forged Alliance\SAVEGAME
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9420/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
A second monitor can be used, mainly for a large and interactive map with all the functionality as the first monitor.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No ingame options available.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input[edit]

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

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

Audio[edit]

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for master, effects, music and voice-over volumes.
Surround sound
5.1 only[3]
Subtitles
Via the interface options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Use the Forged Alliance Forever mod to increases the max player limit to 16. Co-op requires the Forged Alliance Forever mod.
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Retail: GPGnet (powered by Quazal); discontinued
Steam: Steamworks, Officially supported by FAF
GOG: Officially supported by FAF [4]

Use the Forged Alliance Forever mod. The mod also increases the max player limit to 16. Co-op requires the Forged Alliance Forever mod.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6112 (inbound, outbound)
UDP 6112 (inbound, outbound), 9103, 30350-30351
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Sofdec
Multiplayer GPGNet Use the Forged Alliance Forever mod to replace the deprecated service.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 9600
Nvidia GeForce 6200
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support

Notes

  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>/9420/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9420) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References