The idea of this mod is to allow you to play as any given race from the series and also from other existing mods out there, which was started by chris some years ago, many people have helped the mod get it where it is right now, and there isnt much left to finish up other than bug hunting and possible replacing of ship models. I would like to see this mod make MOTY at some point but i need to focus on stuff that needs to be done. Currently the few remaining teams are being worked on me, right now im focused on cleaning up the mod to make it as friendly and enjoyable as possible which is why i would like people to play test the mod and help me find any potential problems with the mod itself and get them taken care of. Also to determine what needs to be balanced, nerfed, buffed etc is also another role i would like testers to help out with by giving me their opinions, inputs etc. You can contact me here or via my Email

Sites of interest:< - Main Web Site:  The site also contains a large group of HW2 modding tools from 4e543b and some links to some excellent tutorials.  (Page links only work in Internet Explorer, or Firefox using IE tab, sorry.) - The majority of our work in progresss can be tracked through the RelicNews Forums. - Come join the group at, this is a site where you can come and play HWU with friends for some intense multi-player battles.

Current downloads of this mod are up on sourceforge.
I update the mod every now and then so be sure to check the sourceforge page for last updated to get the current working variant. In addition i post what changed have been done from the last on a facebook fan site for homeworld 3.

The only races that arent fully done as of now are Tobari, Bentusi, those 2 teams are in need of more ships in order for them to be fully completed.

Here is the link for the manual - it's also still in progress but should help the first time HWU player:

Other information not in the manual:

Not mentioned in the manual is the CPU Attack Priority Option - use this option to add extra difficulty when playing a match, there are five settings our testers have told us that the "More Often" choice is the best for a good hard match.  Note:  these settings are independent of the standard Easy to Expert choices for difficulty giving the player 15 choices for AI gameplay.

Homeworld2 must be patched to version 1.1 for the mod to work correctly.

Your data folder (usually c:\program files\sierra\homeworld2\data) must not contain a different deathmatch.lua - as it may override the deathmatch.lua that is within the HWU big file.

If you want your badges to display properly on the homeworld 2 teams aka Hiigaran and Vaygr you need to have shadows disabled otherwise they will be displayed as a white box, this is due to shaders being used from HW@ to display their cruiser correctly which seems to be conflicting with ours.

The deathmatch_test game mode can be selected in the options menu, this will allow you to check out some of the more work in progress stuff as well as load the map of HWU's donated but unused ships.

Donated materials and a full list of credits can be viewed in the Credits menu from the main menu in HW2.
Lastly i did create a video tutorial explaining how to set up your in game races correctly so you can avoid desktopping, so here is the link to the video hope it helps out new players.

Steam group created for Homeworld universe mod.

I think that's it for now, feel free to ask any questions, and have fun!

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9 comments by LeviathansWrath on Apr 24th, 2014

I am currently looking for among many things people who can make model and texture as well as play testers online to find things that need fixing and also to get feed back. Now moleman pointed out to me that having everything loaded on a single race slot is not the source of lag in HWU but rather the LODs so imma gonna through and fix them cause i used the same LOD for each LOD level, turns out your not supposed to do that and also it has to do with your computer specs, internet speed and the connections for everyone that is playing with you online. Vs Cpu works fine for me with no lag whatsoever just need to figure out what needs to be done. HWU is in need of new ship models to replace our aging models from HW 1 and Cata ports to more or less compete with other mods, mind you i feel that the only good thing about HWU atm is the raw amount of races in it. Anyways post away if anyone wants to and lastly to everything who were keeping up on the mod, sorry for vanishing like that i ended up getting caught up in stuff i dont ever want to have to do again.

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Changes from Homeworld Universe 1.0.5 Sajuuk main weapon ranged changed back to 20km and damage increased by 50 percent. Sajuuk close range weapon damage...

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Cruiser mini mod created by Enterprise E DO not release in your own mod without getting permission from Enterprise E like i did for HWU.

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Download link for mission boy SE v 1.9, in order make sure there is a copy of it somewhere.

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Auburnfan222 Jan 21 2010, 9:01pm says:

alright, so the only option for the race for each player is "choose above" so i know im not doing anything wrong there because the only option i have is "choose above", nothing else. Whenever I load, the game continues to crash at "LoadScarScript\". Also, where is the more options button? i dont see it anywhere on the "player vs CPU" screen.

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Piemanlives Jan 23 2010, 9:38am replied:

hmm u sure just observe the page a bit it should be in th top right conner of the ui

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LeviathansWrath Jan 20 2010, 6:42pm says:

well for starters make sure you have the blank race race filled in aka click on the drop down arrow where you would select race for stock hw 2. And as for the other 3 ai races click on the more options button to scroll down. Anyways just follow what i typed and you wont be crashing anymore. Also if you wanna play some HWU give me a shout.

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LeviathansWrath Jan 20 2010, 7:34pm replied:

also thought of a nice name for the mod, HOmeworld 2 Legacy.
Kinda makes sense cause this mod is basically the legacay of all the games in the series.

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Piemanlives Jan 23 2010, 10:25pm replied:

i agree with that i mean it's pretty much every race ever created plus some new ones :)

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Auburnfan222 Jan 19 2010, 7:32pm says:

So this mod looks totally awesome and is exactly what i am looking for in a homeworld mod. I was really disappointed that the HW/Cataclysm ships/fleets were not included in vanilla HW2, and now that im starting to play HW2 again, i really want to play this mod. The only problem is that the mod isnt working for me. So I try to start a Player vs. CPU game, but when the game loads, it crashes. However, instead of crashing at the "universe" part of the load, my game crashes at "loadscarscript\".

Im worried that my problem may be that I didnt install the mod correctly. there were not any installation instructions, so all i did was put the .big file in the HW2/data folder with vanilla's .big file.

I would really like this mod to work, so any help would be appreciated.

Finally, I dont know if this would help you but i have a vista 64 bit with a Nvidia 9600m gs card. doubt this information will be of any use but i figured i would mention it in case the problem is with my computer's make.

oh, and one last thing i noticed... when i try to start a Player vs. CPU game, i can only change the factions/fleets of the top three players (myself and two AI's). is there anyway to scroll down in that menu so i can change the fleets of the bottom three AI's as well?

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haynaku18 Jan 12 2010, 10:51am says:

this mod is slow

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Piemanlives Jan 11 2010, 6:05pm says:

i love this mod but the problem is i can't get the hyperspace gate to work so help please and try to fix it

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chris80502 Jan 7 2010, 11:54am replied:

Because of the combined build tree (all ships loaded for every race) the loading screen can take quite a bit of time. Tests on a P4-2000 with 256mb RAM & NVidia GeForce4, took longer than 10 minues to load the ships (Universe) part of the mod.

Mod/game will work on even the lowest of requirements (have tested on a PIII-550Mhz even), the game will load but the action will lag the play so bad that you can't actually play.

I recommend people have at least 1GB of RAM (HWU uses 800mb+ of RAM at startup), a high speed CPU somewhere around 3Ghz (400Mhz bus or better) and single or dual core - HW2 can only utilize one core anyways - which is why the Ghz needs to be so high.

My current system for modding is a dual P4 Xeon 3.06Ghz, 533Mhz bus, 2Gb DDR2 & 256MB NVidia graphics card. For the most part I don't have any issues - maybe just the slightest bit lagy towards the end of the game.

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LeviathansWrath Jan 31 2010, 11:42pm replied:

thats funny cause im pretty sure mine is slower than that and it takes like 3 mins to load up. 2.7 ghz

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