Supreme Commander is a RTS game designed by Chris Taylor, set in a far future world. Although it was designed by Chris Taylor, it is not a sequel to his previous RTS, Total Annihilation, but rather a "spiritual successor", which implements the same gameplay mechanics and physics logic which was pioneered in Total Annihilation.
Since the release of Forged Alliance, it has been referred to as Vanilla SupCom, the Old SupCom or Classic SupCom.
Supreme Commander has somewhat steep system requirements. The official minimum and recommended system requirements, as well as the community suggested requirements are:
|Type||Minimum Requirements||Recommended Requirements||Community Recommended|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Vista||Microsoft Windows Vista||Microsoft Windows 7|
|Memory||512MB of RAM||1 GB of RAM||4 GB of RAM|
|CPU||1.8 Ghz Processor||3 Ghz Intel or equivalent||2.8+ Ghz Intel Core i3/5/7 or eq.|
|Video Memory||128 MB video RAM||256 MB video RAM||512 MB of video RAM|
|Video Requirements||DirectX 8 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support
(Nvidia 6x00 or better)
|DirectX 9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support
(Nvidia 6800 or better)
|Nvidia 9800 or better|
256 kbit/s upload
|Hard Disk||8 GB||10 GB||12 GB|
Note: Official recommended settings are not guaranteed to let the player run the game at full hardware settings with no lag. Community settings will allow the game to run at full settings on most maps. Optimal setting will provide maximum detail gameplay in most situations. Extra large maps, during heavily congested gameplay, or after modding and in multiplayer the system requirements may increase.
Following its closure, the Steam version has included new matchmaking support, and all other Digitally Distributed versions have been patched to the steam version.
Updates and patches
Patches can be downloaded from various third party websites, or through different digital distribution platforms, as all past keys issued with physical copies of the game have since been made redeemable on Steam.
Until the closure of the GPGNet service, the primary way to obtain official patches was by running the GPGNet software, either from the start menu or from within the game. This would automatically update the game and the GPGNet software to the latest versions of each.
- Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
- History of Supreme Commander Vanilla
- Supreme Commander on Wikipedia