Theatre of War

Theatre of War developed by 1C Company (creators of the award-winning IL-2 Sturmovik series and Pacific Fighters) is a real-time tactical strategy title depicting the most significant battles of World War II during 1939-1945.

Players will command a special task force composed of different kinds of units, including tanks, APCs, field guns, mortars, various infantry regiments and will also have an opportunity to call for artillery and air support. With a focus on unit detail and combat realism, would-be generals are faced with authentic battle scenarios, taken straight from actual World War II records and maps.

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  • Unequalled level of realism
  • Over 40 historically accurate missions
  • Human Resources Management
  • RPG elements: soldiers gain experience and skills, system of promotions and decorations
  • Detailed Unit Micromanagement: hundreds of units including infantry regiments, tanks, artillery and aircraft from all major nations involved in WWII; all units are based on real data from military sources
  • Top class character animation
  • 5 campaigns Soviet, German, French and Polish
  • Over 30 maps designed according to historical land maps
  • Over 150 vehicles, about 200 uniform types, over 100 small-arms types

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows XP or Vista 32 bit
  • Processor: Pentium IV or Athlon 2,6 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Video card: video adapter with a pixel shader support of 2.x seriesGeForce 5700/Radeon 9600
  • Sound card: compatible with DirectX 9 and EAX 2.0 support
  • Hard disc: 3 GB
  • CD ROM: DVD-ROM 4x

Known Problems

Q: Which patch should I install?
A: It depends on what version of the game you have. If you have Battlefront version, please use this patch – If you have Kalypso version, please use this one - After installing Kalypso patch, you have to replace your original .exe file with this one -

Q: The game crashes during startup with the following message: "Unable to execute file: C:\Program Files (x86)\cdv Software Entertainment USA\Theatre of War\codec\wmv9VCMsetup.exe".
A: Something is wrong with the video codec which is needed to run the intro movie. Reinstall this codec itself – it should be located in the 'codec' folder of your game. If it is impossible, find the intro movie file - 'title.avi' (located in the 'game' folder) and rename it (e.g. 'title.bak').

Q: When I try to start the game an error appears on my screen: "Runtime error #3()trap. Please, contact the vendoe of this application".
A: The solution for this problem can be found on Transcription quote: "First off, make sure you have the latest game version installed as the latest patch offers enhanced overall game performance and stability. Download page for the all Inclusive Uber Patch: The following are other steps to try.
#1. Obviously make sure you have the very latest video, sound and DirectX software installed on your computer. Here are links for some of these files. For Nvidia Video Cards, go here for the latest drivers: For ATI Video Cards, go here for the latest drivers: For the latest version of Microsoft DirectX, go here:
#2. For those with newer Nvidia cards (and possibly older ones as well), some people have had success by selecting "Extension Limit" to OFF in their Nvidia control panel. This option only seems to appear in the newest Nvidia drivers and for certain video cards.
#3. In addition to the Extension Limit setting, some people have reported performance increases can also occur by setting the "Threaded optimization" to OFF and Triple Buffering to ON for Nvidia cards. Your results may vary.
#4. Make sure your video card is powerful enough to run the game. In recent days the developer 1C has provided new information on what video cards and chipset's WILL and WILL NOT work with Theatre of War. If you have the following video chipset/card, the game will NOT WORK. Mobile Intel(R) 900, 915, 925, 945GM/GU Express Chipset Family Nvidia GF440MX and earlier Nvidia GeForce 5600 and earlier ATI Radeon 9550 and earlier
#5. If your video card does not fall into the list above, but the game still isn't launching make sure you video chipset/card fully supports Shaders v2. That is also a requirement to run the game. Check with your video chip/card documentation to find out that info.
#6. For those people with Vista, be sure and Right-Click on the desktop shortcut your using to launch the game and select the "Run as Administrator..." option.
#7. There may be a conflict with the codec needed to run the intro movie. You can either reinstall the codec itself (the file is called "wmv9VCMsetup.exe" and is located in the "codec" folder of your game), or you can simply rename the file title.avi (also located in your game folder) to something else (for example title.bak). That will cause the game to skip trying to play the movie.
#8. Some people have been able to get their game to launch by adjusting their Antistrophic Filtering and Anti-Aliasing settings in their video card control panel to "Application Preference", please consult your video cards docs to learn how to do that.
#9. If you have a dual display currently configured on your computer, disable the secondary monitor and see if that allows the game to launch."