Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm cover
Relic Entertainment
Iron Lore Entertainment
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows March 4, 2008
Metacritic 73
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS, TBS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
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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
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 2017


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

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS and TBS game in the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series.

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, previous expansions must be installed to prompt unlocking (retail version) or merely owned on the same Steam account (Steam version). Alternatively, see this link.

General information

Lexicanum - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
Dawn of War Wiki
GOG.com 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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Master Collection.
Humble Store
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Master Collection also available.
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GOG.com (unavailable)
Master Collection; bundled with Game of the Year Edition, Winter Assault, and Dark Crusade.
Coming soon.
A free demo version is available from GameFront.

Essential improvements[edit]


  • Patch 1.20 is the latest official patch for the retail version of the game, and requires patch 1.10 to be installed first.
  • The Steam version is on version 1.30, which is equivalent to 1.20 in terms of balance and gameplay - the only difference being Steamworks multiplayer used instead of GameSpy and LAN options.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -nomovies argument.
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use the -nomovies argument.

Higher resolution models[edit]

These enhancements are significantly more performance intensive. Ensure your PC is significantly more powerful than the recommended system specifications to ensure there is no loss of performance. Also note that this won't work for some people while it works for others. This is completely at random and cannot be fixed.
Full resolution models[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Local.ini
  2. Add the following line to the file: fullres_teamcolour=1
  3. Save and close the file.
High Poly Models[citation needed]

Use the -forcehighpoly command line argument.


Dawn of War has a "Game Manager", enabling switching between mods very easy.

Bug fix modification[edit]

Full details of this modification are here. Soulstorm was a very incomplete expansion, and due to the demise of Iron Lore Entertainment shortly after its release, there was little to no post-launch support.

  • This mod intends to fix a majority of "obvious" bugs (such as upgrades doing less damage than their originals) and implements advanced Skirmish AI.
  • Highly recommended for those who play solo (skirmish/campaign).
  • Also recommended for those who play online, but all players must have this mod installed.
This mod breaks Campaign movies (fix provided on mod download page).

Dawn of War Professional[edit]

An extremely dedicated group of individuals put together this "alternative" version of Dawn of War. While an acquired taste and significantly different to the base game, it offers a more intricate and interesting experience, with unit roles switched up, some upgrades that were removed in expansions restored, and additional content created by the community. All units are designed to play a role until late game.

The mod can be downloaded here.

Persistent Campaign Bases[edit]

The mechanics in the Campaign changed between Dark Crusade and Soulstorm, causing the loss of "consistent bases" (buildings built in previous missions are there for the next mission on that map). This can be fixed by installing this mod.

Multiple mods[edit]

It is possible to run multiple modifications at once. For instructions, see here.

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/9450/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/9450/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics settings
Graphics settings

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 the .lua file to <path-to-game>\Engine\Data\

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

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

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

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


Control settings
Control settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Can adjust scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Can adjust panning directions.
Controller support


Audio settings
Audio settings

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.


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
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2]

Issues fixed[edit]

More than one player can't join host's multiplayer lobby[edit]

Have the second player leave in order for the third player to be able to join
  1. Have the second player connect to the host's lobby
  2. Have the third player try to connect.
  3. When that fails, have the second player leave. The third player should now be able to join.
  4. Once the third player has joined, the second may now also join.
Untested on more than three players.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy Non-Steam versions only.

System requirements[edit]

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


  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>/9450/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9450) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.