Dawn of War 3

Dawn of War finally returns with a fascinating, if imperfect, twist on the modern RTS.

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Dawn of War 3 gets new Endless War update

Dawn of War 3 gets new Endless War update

But is it enough to rekindle interest in Relic's RTS?

Relic has released a new update for Dawn of War 3 designed to rekindle interest in the real-time strategy game.

The free Endless War update includes new multiplayer maps and options, as well as new elites and skins.

The new elites are the Space Marine's Ironclad Dreadnought, the Orks' Lifta-Droppa Wagon and the Eldar's Wraithseer Kayduin.

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Dawn of War 3 to get modding tools, huge balance update

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 will soon get modding tools.

A new update, planned for release yesterday but delayed at the last moment, also includes a huge multiplayer balance update that makes key changes to a raft of units across the three factions.

Elsewhere, there's a handy campaign auto save. But it's the modding tools, including the Attribute Editor and the Tuning Pack, that headline here. These will let modders re-imagine multiplayer balance, create new abilities or change existing ones. Modders will even be able to build more detailed game modes. As you'd expect, the Steam Workshop will support these new mod types.

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To put it in the crudest possible terms, when I hopped back online to try out Dawn of War 3's big update last week there was, for a period, just one public game in the multiplayer lobby. One. In a major, multiplayer-focused PC game, available on Steam, and less than a month after launch. Checking in for games throughout the day - and to be sure this wasn't just a mid-morning lull - I saw at most half a dozen live at a time. It's no anomaly. Perhaps even worse, last time I checked there were as many active games in the server browser of Soulstorm, an expansion to the original Dawn of War, that was released back in 2008.

Dawn of War 3 review

RecommendedDawn of War 3 review

At last, back to war.

There is great joy to be had in watching big things smash into each other.

It's a fact. A prima facie truth, which Relic Entertainment's long awaited Warhammer 40,000 strategy sequel understands more than any other in its genre. Within minutes of my first multiplayer game in Dawn of War 3 - a feisty one-on-one against an old friend and fellow DoW veteran - I had their whole army, plus one of the most enormous units in the series' history, suspended in mid air and torn apart at the seams with one colossal beam of energy; a last-gasp trap I'd laid in one final, desperate defence. Quite the spectacle, even if my friend did have to 'suddenly leave' soon after.

Dawn of War 3

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Video game preview events are curious things. Event organisers have a brief window in which to get the essence of a game across to journalists, often accompanied by a laundry list of things they aren't allowed to show or mention. Most often this is a simple case of putting people in a room with a preview build on PC or console. Sometimes, it involves strapping people into a full body rig and getting them to smash things with a pneumatic Power Fist.

40-minute, 3v3 Dawn of War 3 gameplay video is your best look at the game yet

Relic Entertainment has revealed its hand: here's an unedited, 40-minute 3v3 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 match in its entirety.

In it we see Space Marines, Orks and Eldar fighting to destroy the Power Core in the opposition team's base. As I've reported before, Relic has taken inspiration from MOBAs in its design of real-time strategy game Dawn of War 3, and so teams have to first take down shield generators before taking down turrets before going for the enemy Power Core. I won't spoil who wins.

We also get a good look at how Elites (powerful hero units) impact the battlefield, the role of Doctrines and other mechanics such as the new cover point system and stealth. All this commentated by game director Philippe Boulle (who I've interviewed about Dawn of War 3 before) and game designer Carolina Mastretta.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 open beta later this month

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 goes into open beta later in April.

The open beta runs from 6pm UK time on Friday, 21st April until 6pm on Monday, 24th April. It includes the MOBA-influenced multiplayer portion of the sci-fi real-time strategy game, which we've covered before.

There's full access to all three factions - Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks - and a selection of elite heroes for each, so you should be able to experiment with different playstyles and strategies.

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One of the things I loved about Dawn of War 1 and 2 were the elaborate kill animations. Whether it was your Dreadnought chucking an ork halfway across the map or your Warboss carving an eldar's face in half, Dawn of War's kill animations always felt exciting to me.

New Dawn of War 3 trailer shows off Space Marines, Eldar and Orks

Sega's put out a cool new trailer for Relic Entertainment's upcoming RTS Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 that shows off each of the three playable races.

The video, below, shines a light on the Space Marines, the Eldar and the Orks. We see their leaders, Gabriel Angelos, Farseer Macha and Gorgutz getting all worked up as well as clips of big battle gameplay. Wait for the video to finish!

The story revolves around the mysterious Spear of Khaine, which is causing a bit of a stink, and Lord Kyre of the Eldar, who rises to prominence.

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CS:GO pros fight for $100,000 at EGX 2016

Plus: Playable Battlefield 1, Horizon and Dawn of War 3.

There will be some bamboozling pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action at EGX in Birmingham next month as Gfinity flies-in four of the best teams in the world to compete for $100,000.

FeatureDawn of War 3's new art style explained

Relic, inspired by MOBAs, strives for more responsive gameplay.

Dawn of War 3 arrives with big armies, base-building, massive elite units and a new art style that on the face of it looks a lot more cartoony than the previous games in the real-time strategy series.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 announced

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 announced

Watch the super cool cinematic trailer. For the Emperor!

The nods and winks are over: Sega and Relic Entertainment have announced the game we all knew was coming: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3.

We dont have any gameplay or screenshots, but according to the official blurb, Dawn of War 3 sees players lead elite hero units and big armies with massive units.

Here's executive producer Stephen MacDonald:

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