Multiplayer Setup Instructions

In order to play World in Conflict online using our multiplayer services you will have to follow the instructions
below carefully. You may be able to skip certain steps if you know what you're doing. However it is
recommended to start with a fresh install.

The steps are:

  1. Check if you have a CD key or get yourself a new one.

  2. Install World in Conflict using the instructions for your version of the game. There are several
    versions of World in Conflict out there, so make sure you pick the right option.

  3. Complete your game installation by following the additional steps.

  4. See the troubleshooting section if you should encounter any problems.

  5. Refer to the FAQ if you should have a question...

  6. ...or ask your question on our forum on Reddit or on our Discord.

  7. Enjoy playing the World in Conflict Multiplayer!

CD Keys

To access our multiplayer services you need a valid CD key. Any of your old CD keys, including trial keys,
should still be working with our multiplayer services. If you lost your old CD key or your key is not working,
you can request a new CD key here.
Please note that the massgate.org CD keys don't work with the add-on Soviet Assault, so you will either have
to start from a fresh install (see below) or to rename the file 'assault.dat' in your World in Conflict root folder.
This will disable the Soviet Assault contents until you give the file its original name.

Add the following e-mail address to your contacts before requesting a new CD key: no-reply(at)massgate.org
Otherwise the e-mail may be marked as spam by your e-mail provider.

When using a massgate.org CD key and following the instructions below, please make sure that these
instructions are valid for massgate.org CD keys.

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(1) DVD Version without Soviet Assault

  1. Install World in Conflict using your CD key (either from the box or the one you got by e-mail).
    After installation, your game should be at version 1.000.

  2. Patch World in Conflict to version 1.011.
    You will have to install patch 1.000 - 1.010 first and then patch 1.010 - 1.011.
    The patches can be downloaded here.
    Please use the version that fits the language of your game installation.

  3. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • You can usually use the executable installer for our World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix.
      It should find your game installation automatically.
    • If you are facing trouble using the executable installer, you have to perform a manual install.
      Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file into your World in
      Conflict root folder (e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sierra Entertainment\World in Conflict") and
      overwrite the existing file. You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  4. Create your ingame account. Launch the game and click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create
    Account' and follow the instructions on the screen. In order to restore or change your password in the
    future, you will have to provide a valid e-mail address. Create a new profile with a unique name.

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(2) DVD Version including Soviet Assault ("Complete Edition")

  1. Install World in Conflict and the Soviet Assault add-on using your CD key from the box.
    After installation, your game should be at version 1.010.

  2. Patch World in Conflict to version 1.011.
    You will only need to install patch 1.010 - 1.011. The patches can be downloaded here.
    Please use the version that fits the language of your game installation.

  3. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • You can usually use the executable installer for our World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix.
      It should find your game installation automatically.
    • If you are facing trouble using the executable installer, you have to perform a manual install.
      Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file into your World in
      Conflict root folder (e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\World in Conflict") and
      overwrite the existing file. You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  4. Create your ingame account. Launch the game and click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create
    Account' and follow the instructions on the screen. In order to restore or change your password in the
    future, you will have to provide a valid e-mail address. Create a new profile with a unique name.

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(3) DVD Version including Soviet Assault ("Complete Edition") + CD Key from Massgate.org

  1. Install World in Conflict using the CD key you got by e-mail. Cancel the installation when you
    are prompted to install the Soviet Assault add-on.

    After installation, your game should be at version 1.000 or 1.010.

  2. Patch World in Conflict to version 1.011.
    You will either have to install patch 1.000 - 1.010 and then patch 1.010 - 1.011 (when your game is at
    version 1.000) OR you will only need to install patch 1.010 - 1.011 (when it is at version 1.010).
    The patches can be downloaded here.
    Please use the version that fits the language of your game installation.

  3. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • You can usually use the executable installer for our World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix.
      It should find your game installation automatically.
    • If you are facing trouble using the executable installer, you have to perform a manual install.
      Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file into your World in
      Conflict root folder (e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\World in Conflict") and
      overwrite the existing file. You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  4. Create your ingame account. Launch the game and click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create
    Account' and follow the instructions on the screen. You will have to use the same e-mail address
    that you used to request the CD key.
    Create a new profile with a unique name.

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(4) Steam Version

  1. Install World in Conflict from Steam using your CD key from Steam.
    After installation, your game should be at version 1.011.

  2. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • As the executable installer won't find the correct game version of the steam version, you will
      have to perform a manual install. Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file and the 'wic.exe'
      into your World in Conflict root folder (for Steam versions, that should be
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\World in Conflict") and overwrite the
      existing files. You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  3. Create your ingame account. Launch the game and click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create
    Account' and follow the instructions on the screen. In order to restore or change your password in the
    future, you will have to provide a valid e-mail address. Create a new profile with a unique name.

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(5) GOG Version (buy link)

  1. Install World in Conflict from GOG using the GOG Launcher.
    After installation, your game should be at version 1.011.

  2. If you have a CD key from GOG, you should be able to use it. If you bought your game in 2016
    or later, you most likely did not receive a CD key from GOG, therefore see the instructions under
    "(6) World in Conflict - GOG version + CD key from massgate.org".

  3. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • As the executable installer won't find the game in the GOG path, you will have to perform a
      manual install. Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file
      and the 'wic.exe' into your World in Conflict root folder (for GOG versions, that should be
      "C:\GOG Galaxy\Games\World in Conflict - Complete Edition") and overwrite the existing files.
      You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  4. Create your ingame account. Launch the game and click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create
    Account' and follow the instructions on the screen. In order to restore or change your password in the
    future, you will have to provide a valid e-mail address. Create a new profile with a unique name.

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(6) GOG Version (buy link) + CD Key from Massgate.org

  1. Install World in Conflict from GOG using the GOG Launcher.
    After installation, your game should be at version 1.011.

  2. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • As the executable installer won't find the game in the GOG path, you will have to perform a
      manual install. Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file
      and the 'wic.exe' into your World in Conflict root folder (for GOG versions, that should be
      "C:\GOG Galaxy\Games\World in Conflict - Complete Edition") and overwrite the existing files.
      You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  3. In your World in Conflict root folder, look for the file 'assault.dat' and rename it to something else,
    e.g. 'assault_original.dat'. NOTE: This will disable the Soviet Assault content - if you want to play the
    campaign with the Soviet Assault missions, revert the name to 'assault.dat'.

  4. Create your ingame account. Launch the game, enter the CD key you received from massgate.org
    and click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create Account' and follow the instructions on the screen.
    You will have to use the same e-mail address that you used to request the CD key. Create a
    new profile with a unique name.

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(7) Uplay Version + CD Key from Massgate.org

  1. Install World in Conflict from Uplay.

  2. Start the game once in order to get all required DirectX updates.

  3. Check if your game is updated to version 1.011 (it should be). If it is not, patch World in Conflict to
    version 1.011
    . You will only need patch 1.010 - 1.011, any language version will do in this case.
    The patches can be downloaded here.

  4. Download and apply the World in Conflict Online Multiplayer Fix. This is required in order to
    connect to our multiplayer services.
    • As the executable installer won't find the game in the Uplay path, you will have to perform a
      manual install. Download the .zip-package and extract the files. Copy the 'dbghelp.dll' file
      into your World in Conflict root folder (for Uplay versions, that should be
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\World in Conflict") and overwrite the existing files.
      You may need admin rights on your PC in order to do this.

  5. In your World in Conflict root folder, look for the file 'assault.dat' and rename it to something else,
    e.g. 'assault_original.dat'. NOTE: This will disable the Soviet Assault content - if you want to play the
    campaign with the Soviet Assault missions, revert the name to 'assault.dat'.

  6. Create your ingame account. Launch the game from 'wic_online.exe' or 'wic.exe', press "Add Key", enter the CD key you received from massgate.org and start the game.
    Click 'Multiplayer' in the menu. Click 'Create Account' and follow the instructions on the screen.
    You will have to use the same e-mail address that you used to request the CD key. Create a
    new profile with a unique name.

    Do NOT launch World in Conflict via Uplay - better delete the desktop shortcut that has been added
    during installation and create a new shortcut pointing directly to your 'wic.exe' or 'wic_online.exe'.

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Additional Multiplayer Setup

After having followed the Setup Instructions, you should be able to access our multiplayer services. The next
steps are optional but we highly recommend you to go through them as well. Doing so will improve your
overall game experience.

Additional Maps

There are some user-made, yet official, maps available. They are required to play on most servers. If the
server switches to a map you don't have, you will get disconnected from the server. Download these
additional maps and extract the files. Place the .sdf-files under
"C:\Users\*username*\Documents\World in Conflict\Downloaded\maps". Create this folder if it does not exist.

Integrity of do_Canal

Some players have reported issues playing the map "do_Canal". It seems it gets bugged occasionally. If your
game crashes when loading the map, download this file. Copy it into your World in Conflict root folder and
overwrite the existing file.

Adjust your game settings

While World in Conflict is still quite beautiful for its age, multiplayer is not about the graphics but about the
victory. It is therefore recommended to adjust some of your settings for better unit control.
In the multiplayer options, make sure you have the following configuration:

  • "Healthbars always on" (game options) - enabled
    This will let you see all the unit icons at once and shows you which units are damaged and
    therefore easier to destroy.
  • "Mood changes" (game options) - disabled
    On some maps (do_Quarry is the best example) you will notice a change in the light of the map. This
    can be really distracting and should be disabled.
  • "Camera maximum height" (controls options) - 300 m
    This will allow you to raise your camera up into the skies. For even better camera handling, use
    this cheeky little file here. Place it under "C:\Users\*username*\Documents\World in Conflict"
  • "Camera move speed" (controls options) - should be adjusted
    With a higher camera, the movement will become slower. Hence you will most likely want to raise the
    camera move speed.
  • "Clouds" (advanced graphics options) - disabled
    With increased camera height, the clouds get in the way. Disable them for free view.

Adjust your keyboard controls

Some of the keyboard controls can get in your way when playing, some others are used too often to require
two keys to be pressed at once.
Suggestion: Do not change the default camera movement keys (WASD). Despite being different from most
other RTS games, it is very useful this way and it just feels right after a while.

  • "Go To Drop Zone" (advanced controls options) - default: Space
    Pressing this button will move your camera to your dropzone. While in theory a good control, this one
    will also change your camera perspective to a horizontal view. Change it to something far away from
    your WASD keys if you don't want this to happen.
  • "Move Backwards" (advanced controls options) - default: Shift + N
    Especially useful for playing the armor role, but also for air units and all kinds of ground vehicles that
    would otherwise move into the wrong direction. Change it to a single button closer to your WASD keys.
  • "Move" (advanced controls options) - default: N
    Useful to run over infantry units. You might want to change it to something a bit closer to your
    WASD keys.
  • "Next / Previous Special Ability" (advanced controls options) - default: Shift + E, Shift + R
    Useful to cycle through special abilities of grouped units. If you have a mouse with additional buttons,
    change at least one of these controls to be accessible by your mouse.

  • Shortcuts for TA strikes (requires wicautoexec.txt)
    If you downloaded the wicautoexec.txt file from above, you will see a lot of commands for the quick use
    of TA strikes. These commands are basically macros that open your Tactical Aid Menu ingame and
    select strikes from a certain category. You can create macros to buy units from the Reinforcement Menu
    as well. Feel free to adjust the key bindings to your own preferences.
    Place the wicautoexec.txt file under "C:\Users\*username*\Documents\World in Conflict"

    Recommended to have are:
    1. Aerial Recon - just in case your scout chopper is suddenly dead ("Emergency Recon").
      Especially useful for air and armor players.
    2. Air To Air Strike - just in case your last AA just died.
      Especially useful for playing the support role.
    3. Airborne Infantry - provide you with additional vision over the map.
      Especially useful for the infantry and armor roles.
    4. Airdropped Jeeps - provide you with extra repairs.
      Especially useful for playing the support role.
    5. Airdropped Light Tanks - provide you with extra firepower.
      Useful for armor players.

    NOTE: Binding a macro to a key that is used by another key ingame will try to overwrite the ingame
    settings but fail. Essentially, you won't be able to use the key for either of the commands.

Quick start up and Console

The following settings require you to create a shortcut to your wic.exe or edit the shortcut you have (it will
most likely be located on your desktop). Right click the shortcut and click properties. Under target, you should
find the full path to your wic.exe file in quotation marks, e.g.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Sierra Entertainment\World in Conflict\wic.exe"
You can add the following commands to the target, behind the quotation marks. The order of these commands does not matter.

  • Quick start up
    Add -nointro to the target. The advertising for the game studio, publisher, etc. as well as the intro movie
    will not be displayed anymore when you start World in Conflict.

  • Console
    Add -console to the target. The console allows you to adjust some graphics settings or game settings. It
    is essential for server administration as it allows you to pause the game, freeze teams or to kick and
    ban players - provided you have the admin password.
    To access the console, press the tilde "~" key (english keyboard layout), the circumflex "^" key
    (german keyboard layout) or whatever key is between your "tab", "esc" and "1" key if you should
    have another keyboard layout.
    Pressing the console key once will show a list of your last commands (or the commands in your
    wicautoexec.txt if you have one), pressing it a second time will allow you to actually type commands
    in there. Pressing it a third time closes the console and allows you to continue playing.
The target of your shortcut should now look like this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Sierra Entertainment\World in Conflict\wic.exe" -nointro -console

When done editing the shortcut, click OK. Then start World in Conflict from that shortcut.

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Dedicated Server & Hosting Games

Hosting games from inside World in Conflict

It is possible to host games from your World in Conflict client (works both in LAN and online), but this requires
port forwarding. The required ports and protocols can be found below the dedicated server instructions. You
will have to run World in Conflict from the file 'wic.exe' which can be found in your World in Conflict root folder.
The wic_online.exe does not provide this feature. When in multiplayer, click on Servers > Create Server. Here
you can adjust settings like maps, bots, players per team etc.

Setting up dedicated servers

The dedicated server allows you to host servers that will be listed in the server browser and can be run
independently from World in Conflict. The setup process is a bit tricky, so make sure you follow these steps
carefully.

First off, download at least the first three of these files:
WiC Dedicated Server 1.010 (85 MB EXE)
WiC Dedicated Server Patch 1.010 - 1.011 (21 MB EXE)
WiC Dedicated Server Multiplayer Fix (19 KB ZIP)
Manual (65 KB PDF)

Install the WiC Dedicated Server, version 1.010, and apply the WiC Dedicated Server Patch 1.010 - 1.011.
Afterwards, copy the file 'd3dx9_33.dll' from the Multiplayer Fix ZIP file to where you installed the dedicated
server.

You will need to forward the following ports with the corresponding protocol (TCP or UDP) to your PC or server.
See your router's documentation on how to do this.

  • 3004 (TCP)
  • 48000-49000 (TCP+UDP) - it is usually enough to open just a couple of ports, e.g. 48000-48010
  • 52999 (TCP+UDP) - voip port, if you want to host multiple servers, you will need to open ports 52999, 52998, 52997, ...
  • 22993 (UDP)
  • 22996 (UDP)
Make sure to enable ICMP packets in your router and firewall, so the IP address of the dedicated server can
be pinged. See whatismyip.com to find out your public IP address.
You will also need to let your software firewall pass on any inbound and outbound traffic to 'wic_ds.exe'.

You can refer to the manual for the dedicated server setup. Here are the most important steps to show up ingame though:
  • Your server must be patched to version 1.011 AND have the multiplayer fix installed. To check this, you can find the file version of your 'wic_ds.exe' in the properties. The file 'd3dx9_33.dll' should have a size of 45 kb.
  • Your server must have a unique name.
  • Set ReportToMassgate to 1, if you want to have it shown in the Massgate server browser.
  • If you want to make your server ranked, please contact one of the moderators on reddit. Ranked
    servers require the use of registered CD keys and need some quality control.
If you have any problems setting up your server, despite following these instructions, feel free to ask us on
our Reddit Page or in our Discord channel.

World in Conflict Discord Channel

Discord is an all-in-one chat and voip program. It can be used to organize matches and to talk to your
teammates when playing (even though World in Conflict does have integrated team voice chat on the servers).
Discord however can be accessed by your browser and even via mobile phone.
More info, browser access and download / app download here. (Link to third party website)

After creating your account, join the channel "World in Conflict Online" using this invite:
https://discord.gg/W6HHW8y

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Troubleshooting

This part will feature a couple of common multiplayer related problems and solutions to them. It will be
amended over time.

If you are having trouble launching World in Conflict or setting up the game, visit our temporary forum at
Reddit. Don't forget to describe your problem in detail for quick help. Or simply ask in the Discord Channel!

Can't see any servers?

Check if you allowed World in Conflict to access public networks. On first run, the Windows firewall should
ask for access for World in Conflict. Inside World in Conflict server browser, make sure you reset your
filters, especially the "Ranked", "Rank Balance" and "Population" filters. You should see about 7 official
servers online at all times (2x ranked; 1x 1v1 matchmode, 4v4 matchmode, 1v1 fpm, custom maps, bots).

There is another bug at the moment, which can be solved by following the instructions of this video:

Essentially, you have to click "Join Same Server" when right-clicking the profile of someone who is online.
Or simply log out, log back in, and wait some seconds until you click to see the server browser.

Or maybe this just happened:

Massgate down?

Massgate is running on a Windows server which happens to install Windows updates and restart afterwards,
once a month. While Massgate should be back up quickly, the servers won't get online automatically.
Hit up one of the admins at Reddit or Discord for quick restart of the servers.

Errors upon starting World in Conflict

People occasionally report that their game is not starting due to various errors, most frequent are:
  • The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)
  • The file MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer
To fix this, you need to install the Visual C++ 2013 x86 and x64 Redistributables. If still pending you can try the 2010 versions as well.

You have to enter the key everytime you start the game?

Launch World in Conflict from either 'wic.exe' or 'wic_online.exe' and your key should be saved.

Errors when creating an account

If you receive an error when trying to make an account, e.g.
  • General account creation error,
  • Can not create account - your CD key may not be used to create more accounts,
  • E-mail address is already in use,
it is most likely because you are trying to use one of our CD keys together with a Soviet Assault / Complete
Edition version of World in Conflict. Renaming the file "assault.dat" in your World in Conflict root folder to
something else should fix the problem.

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