Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II


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Relic: leaks won't stop us loving PC

"Some just want PC to go away."

Dawn of War and Space Marine developer Relic Entertainment will continue to invest in PC game development despite the recent spate of high-profile video game leaks.

New Dawn of War III details emerge

New Dawn of War III details emerge

Expand and build your own custom army.

Upcoming real-time strategy game Dawn of War III will allow gamers to build their own custom armies, developer Relic has revealed.

It will also simulate the idea of a "war that rages eternal," Relic marketing manager James McDermott told Eurogamer.

"Looking at what we had real success with with Dawn of War II – Retribution, with the DLC, and with customisation and building their armies and collecting being a big part of what 40k fans really love, we want to make that a big part of DOW3," he said.

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More Warhammer 40k coming from THQ

Games Workshop deal extension signed.

THQ has signed a new "multi-year" extension on its exclusive Warhammer 40,000 licensing agreement with brand owner Games Workshop.

Steam switch boosted Dawn of War sales

Steam switch boosted Dawn of War sales

New online matchmaking "a step up".

THQ's decision to ditch Games for Windows Live in favour of Steam for real-time strategy game Dawn of War II - Retribution boosted sales, the publisher has said.

"Going exclusive through Steam helped drive awareness with their millions of users by way of banners and message support so by the time we opened the beta up to all Steam customers, we had a huge number of people playing," THQ director of global brand management Georgina Verdon told the[a]listdaily.com.

"At the very tail end of the beta we partnered with Justin.TV and some of their top StarCraft players, who held several live streaming broadcasts of the Retribution MP beta and single-player campaign mode to a receptive StarCraft fan base. This hype and activity helped us exceed our digital pre-order forecast by 129 per cent."

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DOWII Retribution beta announced

DOWII Retribution beta announced

Steamworks support confirmed.

A beta for upcoming real-time strategy game Dawn of War II – Retribution will launch "in the new year", Relic's announced.

The game is the first in the series to use Valve's Steamworks networking and matchmaking to provide cooperative and competitive online play. Dawn of War II and expansion Chaos Rising use Games for Windows Live.

"This new back end will allow players to invite friends into matches from their Steam friends lists, and take advantage of the full set of Steam community features including groups, achievements, and Steam overlay chat channels," Relic said.

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Dawn of War II expansion revealed

Dawn of War II expansion revealed

Chaos Marines! Level 30! Standalone!

THQ has announced a standalone Dawn of War II expansion called Chaos Rising.

Due spring 2010, the add-on introduces the Chaos Space Marines, as the Blood Ravens tackle this demented, old and personal foe head-on.

Relic's doing the honours, according to THQ's website, and allowing Blood Raven squads to be imported from the original game for the new 20-mission campaign.

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DOWII adds free DLC Last Stand

Meaty wave-based arena mode.

THQ has revealed a new, free Last Stand mode for Dawn of War II that adds considerable extra online content. An exact date is to be announced, but late September or early October are the best estimates for now.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Powerfist of Charisma +2.

What do Space Marines talk about? Dawn of War II's campaign answers that pressing question in its excellent tale of a handful of 41st-century hyper-squaddies. Between missions the muscular mega-men chat amongst themselves, explaining the story and making decisions about how to proceed. They even share some personal gossip. At one point, the long-haired scout character says something like: "Tarkus, Avitus, there's something I've wanted to ask you for so long, but I've been reluctant..." I couldn't wait to find out what he was going to ask, but I'll leave you to discover what he's talking about for yourself.

So, spoilers aside, why are space marines chatting at all? Shouldn't they just be stepping on the face of an ork, forever? Nope. No longer are these tower-shouldered killers mere drones, because in Dawn of War II a number of key marines have distinct personalities, and they take them onto the battlefield. Your squads are no longer cloned rent-a-soldiers from the space factory, they're characters engaged with the story, with their own opinions, secrets, and personal stats and inventory screens. Dawn of War II is, somehow, also an RPG.

In the campaign - which can be played solo or co-op - your armies are not simply disposable, and the squad leaders survive each mission to go on to the next one. If all squad leaders are incapacitated, then you have to do the mission again. As the game unfolds you come to be able to choose between a number of these squad leaders, including the astonishing dreadnought. (EVEN IN DEATH I STILL SERVE, etc.) Of course you've got plenty of doomed lackeys coming along for the ride too, but the hero characters persist, and you buff them up from one mission to the next, dispensing statistic points and loot as they progress.

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Dawn of War II goodies all week

Midday giveaways on Eurogamer.

Excited about Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II? Then you'll want to stop by the website every lunchtime this week for a special multi-part giveaway.

DOWII beta prompts

DOWII beta prompts "major" patch

Relic hopes to be ready by launch.

Relic Entertainment has said that around 250,000 people played the recent Dawn of War II beta, and the "incredible amount" of feedback will be used to make a "major patch" for launch next week.

Full notes can be found on the Dawn of War II website, where the developer promises to both list and explain the thinking behind the on-going changes to the game.

"Moving forward, we will continue to explain some of the changes we're making to the game to a greater extent because we know many of you are very interested in how we arrived at the decisions we've made," explains Relic.

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First impressions of the 41st millennium beta.

The Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II beta test is happening now, but only for Soulstorm owners until 28th January. See elsewhere on Eurogamer to find out how you can get your hands on it this weekend regardless.

Peculiar bedfellows, perhaps? There was always going to be a clash somewhere in this year's Coming Attractions as we sorted our way through 12 categories, but you could argue there's more that unites fighting and strategy than divides them. Both are about trying to take maximum of advantage of your opposition's weaknesses, both reward patience, concentration and consideration, and as of Red Alert 3 both have a thing for impractical women's clothing.

Dawn of War II MP beta this month

Dawn of War II MP beta this month

21st for Soulstorm owners, 28th for others.

THQ has announced that it will launch a public multiplayer beta for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II later this month.

Owners of Dawn of War expansion Soulstorm will be the first in on 21st January as part of an exclusive period for them, and then the beta will be put out to the rest of the world on 28th January.

The beta promises to let you play with all four playable races across five multiplayer maps using Games for Windows Live TrueSkill matchmaking.

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Dawn of War II pre-order goodies

Steelbook and Wargear set details.

THQ hopes to get people pre-ordering Dawn of War II by offering special in-game content bundles through GAME, HMV, and other retailers in the New Year. If there are any other retailers left in the New Year.

Just down the road, Metrux Ltd sells vans. In the building opposite the Nottingham Textile Group responds with urgency to the great fabric issues of the day. You can only imagine the caustic, and perhaps wistful, glances their employees throw at the network of buildings collectively known as Warhammer World.

"Alcoholism's a strong word... but we're a rowdy studio," says Dawn of War II's charismatic lead designer Jonny Ebbert, who has just been telling us about how a fifth of them got thrown out of their own Christmas party, and how when they're not being manhandled by bouncers they like to "knock each other out or smash stuff; all kinds of crazy shit". Alright then.

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A new dawn for the RTS?

Real-time strategy is getting too niche, reckons Relic. It's hard to think of a recent RTS game that didn't start out with this very same mission statement; a preview of one that didn't contain promises to scrap the genre's hang-ups, start afresh and bring it to a new audience (with the exception of the stubborn StarCraft II, Blizzard presumably being happy with its "niche" of hundreds of thousands of crazed fans).

Dawn of War II not at THQ event

CG trailer only. Due out Q1 2009.

Having announced Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II on Thursday, THQ promptly forgot about it for most of its Gamers Day event in San Francisco, with no demonstrations, details or gameplay footage. Instead we got three screenshots.

Dawn of War sequel officially announced

Dawn of War sequel officially announced

PC only. Lots of co-operation.

THQ has officially lifted the lid on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II.

The sequel will be PC-only, and returning developer Relic is aiming for a spring 2009 release. Those of you buying Dawn of War expansion Soulstorm will be invited able to take part in an upcoming multiplayer beta test.

Dawn of War II has few surprises on its feature hitlist, other than a fully co-operative multiplayer campaign for you and your friends - just like Red Alert 3, which claims it pioneered the idea.

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