Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II - Retribution

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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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Dawn of War III: first details

Dawn of War III: first details

Relic "going back to 1 on some things".

THQ has teased a new direction for upcoming real-time strategy game Dawn of War III.

Developer Relic is taking elements from the first game and the second game and adding something new, THQ core games boss Danny Bilson told Eurogamer.

"We're working on the next-generation of that franchise right now," Bilson said.

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"Big" THQ announcement for Gamescom

Homeworld 3? Dawn of War 3?

THQ will reveal an unannounced game at Gamescom in Germany in August.

Core games boss Danny Bilson described the announcement as "big" to Eurogamer.

"I promise a big announcement at Gamescom," he said. "It's unannounced, a new announcement."

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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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DOW2's Last Stand gets DLC release

Co-op survival mode goes it alone.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution's Last Stand mode is available as a standalone download via Steam as of tomorrow, publisher THQ has announced.

More Dawn of War II DLC announced

More Dawn of War II DLC announced

Dark Angels Pack detailed.

A new DLC pack is on its way to Relic-developed PC RTS sequel Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution, publisher THQ has announced.

The Dark Angels Pack, which launches on 6th April for your local equivalent of $7.50, adds a custom Dark Angels Space Marine chapter for use in multiplayer modes.

There are eight new models for the major multiplayer units and fresh colour schemes for the others. The DLC replaces The Force Commander with a Dark Angels Company Master complete with winged helmet, while the Tactical Marine squad will don Dark Angels robes.

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Free Dawn of War II DLC incoming

New achievements, kit due next month.

Fresh content is heading to PC strategy epic Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution next month, publisher THQ has announced.

Warhammer 40,000 Dawn Of War II: Retribution

Consider, for a moment, Relic Entertainment's startlingly diverse RTS resumé. Homeworld. Monstrous Creatures. Company of Heroes. The Dawn of War games. and let's not forget all those expansions. I mean, do those guys have ants in their pants? They just will not stop innovating.

And crucially, Relic has succeeded where so many other developers have failed: at making Warhammer 40,000 work as a videogame, and absolutely nailing the IP in the process. Dawn of War brought the races and technology of the 40K universe to vivid, howling, bolter-spewing life in a way that did justice to the universe. And for those of us whose days of inking and dry-brushing have passed into fond memory, it offered an accessible way to carry on enjoying 40K.

After the multitudinous mega-army madness of Dawn of War, and the further race-rostering of its expansions, DoW II came as a surprise. The reduction of sheer troop volumes to four heroes and their attached grunts, not to mention the abolition of traditional base-building mechanics, signified a decisive genre-shift. Dawn Of War had become a seamless blend of RTS and action-RPG; a kind of plasma-fuelled, four-character Diablo, which posted chin-stroking tactical challenges at every turn. The first expansion, Chaos Rising, enriched the experience with meatier loot, deeper role-tinkering, tighter campaign-narrative and a meaningful purity/corruption mechanic.

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No open Dawn of War II Retribution beta

No open Dawn of War II Retribution beta

Three-tiered invite process dated within.

There will be no open registration for the multiplayer Dawn of War II: Retribution beta whatsoever, THQ has announced.

Instead, invites will be dished out on three separate occasions.

First to get a look-in will be key community members and press on Monday, 31st January.

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I've always been a little frightened by the world of miniature modelling. Not in any kind of derogatory sense - even if I was inclined to do so, I'm in no position to look down on those who engage in obsessive hobbying.

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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