Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
Publishers
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows October 9, 2006
Reception
Metacritic 87
IGDB 84
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Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Subseries of Warhammer 40,000
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2004
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade 2006
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm 2008
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II 2009
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising 2010
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution 2011
Dawn of War II: Retribution - The Last Stand 2011
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 2017

Key points

Dawn of War and all of its expansions are highly modifiable and several high quality mods are available
If you own a boxed copy of the game you can request a free Steam key from Sega.[1]
To unlock the original races for multiplayer, Dawn of War (and Winter Assault if desired) must be installed to prompt unlocking

General information

Lexicanum - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
Dawn of War Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM.
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Local.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4580/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\Profile*\dxp2\Singleplayer\SaveGames\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4580/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support was added with this expansion, however it is still strongly recommended to use the Field of View change to remove the Vert-.
HUD will stretch.
Multi-monitor
Not recommended despite function. If forced, HUD and main view are divided across screens.
Ultra-widescreen
HUD will stretch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Force with any utility.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This fix will greatly enhance zoom capabilities.
Field of view (FOV)[citation needed]
  1. Download Camera Zoom Mod.
  2. Copy .lua file to Dawn of War\Engine\Data\

Windowed[edit]

Cursor may sometimes be unlocked to the game. Switch tasks to resolve.
Windowed[citation needed]
  1. Run the game at least once to generate required .ini file.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini.
  3. Change screenwindowed=0 to screenwindowed=1.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable vertical sync (Vsync)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini.
  3. Change screennovsync=0 to screennovsync=1.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Forcing AA via graphics driver will result in greater AA. INI fix is probably only 2x AA.
Forcing AA will render fonts blurry and harder to read.
Anti-aliasing (AA)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini.
  3. Change screenantialias=0 to screenantialias=1.

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
Can adjust scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Cursor-based game.
Can invert pan when holding mouse button, but also affects x-axis.
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, effects, voice, music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always mutes.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Fan translation.
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish
Russian
Local retail version only.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Removed from the Steam version.[2]
Online play
Server browser no longer works for non-Steam versions.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2]

Issues fixed[edit]

Spooge Driver Not Found[edit]

Edit configuration file[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into Drivers
  3. Open spdx9_config.txt
  4. Scroll down to your video card.
  5. Find the allowdevice 0 lines.
  6. Change the 0 to 1 on all the allowdevice 0 lines.
  7. Save your changes and run the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy Non-Steam versions only.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP processor
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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 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>/4580/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (4580) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References