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Big armies and even bigger super units will be seen in Dawn of War III

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WAAAAAAAAAAR! War never changes! And when you’ve got an army of hulked-up super soldiers dressed in powersuits that would make Iron Man jealous as gigantic titans roam the battlefield, why would you want it to? Dawn of War III is finally coming, with an official reveal trailer setting the scene for Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy franchise. Here’s said video, which is pure CGI:

Cool cool. As far as pointless deaths on backwater planets go, that one is pretty neat. According to PC Gamer, Dawn of War III will see three races clash: The Space Marines, Orks and Eldar. The space marines of this sequel will see the return of Gabriel Angelos and his Blood Ravens chapter, as he goes up against the might of an Ork Warlord and an Eldar Farseer, with Relic aiming to make this the most accessible RTS game in their library.

To make this possible, Relic is fine-tuning the battlefield to make all the bloodshed easier to read on a visual level, sacrificing close-scale encounters for larger battles. Bases are also back, able to produce regular troops and heavy reinforcements as long as you have enough power generators and captured requisition points.

Elite units will also see a bigger focus this time. Designed to deliver decisive blows to enemies, they’ll be bolstered by line units who’ll support them in battle. Figure out the right combination of elite and line units, and you’ll have some powerful options to make use of depending on your style of strategy. Personally, I prefer to send in as many units as possible until the enemy runs out of bullets, then I move in for the kill.

Players will have three Elite Unit slots before each battle, picking up more characters as the campaign rolls on, adding more options to the table much like the beloved tabletop game has done so for decades already. Some of the Warhammer units that will be seen in Dawn of War III include Tactical Marines, Devastator Squads, Dreadnoughts, Assault Marines, Guardians, Howling Banshees, Wraithguard, Falcons and Jetbikes.

The other big addition is quite literally that: Super Units. Warhammer 40K’s iconic engines of destruction such as the Imperial Knight will hit the battlefield in Dawn of War III. It’s a mechanised monstrosity, that has guns for arms and can bombard the field with missiles. Each unit will have their own super unit, that can buff the units around it. “This is the Dawn of War that fans have been waiting for,” Executive Producer Stephen MacDonald said in a press release.

Our biggest units ever? Check. Giant orbital lasers? Check. Base-building, epic heroes, huge battles, it’s all in there. Get ready for the biggest Dawn of War yet. For the Emperor!

Sounds pretty visceral so far. I had mad love for the first two Dawn of War games on PC years back, with the Necrons being my particular favourite side to wage war as. They’re sort of like an army of unkillable Terminators who ride floating ziggurats into battle. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

 

Last Updated: May 4, 2016

88 Comments

  1. I still want a playable single player Tyranid campaign. Seriously. And Eldar rock too. I want a solid Eldar game. Fuck the Space Marines.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 4, 2016 at 08:20

      Filthy xeno lovers will be bathed in holy flame.

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      • Pariah

        May 4, 2016 at 08:25

        That’s racist.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 4, 2016 at 08:26

          Yes, yes it is. Now BURNNNNNNNN

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          • Johann

            May 4, 2016 at 09:05

            Burn the heretic. Kill the mutant. Purge the unclean…

    • Captain JJ vs ..............

      May 4, 2016 at 08:27

      You can always play Starcraft for a cheap copy

      *runs

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      • Pariah

        May 4, 2016 at 08:27

        I have standards dude.

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    • For the Emperor!

      May 4, 2016 at 08:27

      The campaign will cover 3 races – Blood Ravens, Orks and Eldar. Interchanging between some missions so you experience the conflict from all sides. Plus I truly believe there will be expansions covering more races like Tau, Eldar, Necrons! This is a good start. And come one, who doesn’t want to see Imperial Knights vs Wraith…whatever their names are?!

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      • Pariah

        May 4, 2016 at 08:30

        I’m so sick of the Space Marines though. And the Orks. Eldar get nods here and there, but it’s been decades since the last great Eldar game.

        And NO love for the Tyranids. And Tau are over rated BUT I want to see something other than humans and orcs. We’ve seen them for decades already. Literally. I want something new. Warhammer 40k isn’t exactly sparse in its options.

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        • Captain JJ vs ..............

          May 4, 2016 at 08:31

          Not sparse in its options….
          not sure if sarcasm

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:34

            I realise now that my own sarcasm hasn’t translated so well in text. :/

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:35

            And I read this AFTER I reply. lel XD

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:35

            😀

          • miaau

            May 4, 2016 at 09:01

            Nooo, really? Sarcasm is difficult to understand in the written word? You don’t say

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 09:02

            Well, he didn’t say that at all, no.

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 09:29

            Sometimes it’s pretty damn clear though

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:34

            There are 7 playable races in the W40k universe, with a myriad other minor races there. Why is it ALWAYS Space Marines? With an even split between Eldar, Chaos and Orks for the opposing races. No Tyranid. No Tau. And one game with Necrons.

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:35

            I must agree. The Space Marines are like the Space Jocks. They get all the shine. 😀
            Tau was in the first Dawn of War though, weren’t they? So was Eldar.

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:36

            I don’t remember the Tau from the first. Might be that long ago. And I need to clarify, the multiplayer in DoW2 was not worth mentioning. It was horrible.

          • For the Emperor!

            May 4, 2016 at 08:44

            DoW 1 races in base game:
            – Space Mareens (Blood Ravens)
            – Orks
            – Eldar
            – Chaos Space Mareens
            Winter Assault:
            – Imperial Guard
            Dark Crusade:
            – Necrons
            – Tau
            Soul Storm
            – Sisters of Battle
            – Dark Eldar

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:44

            I didn’t bother one bit with MP in 2, also didn’t like how 2 focused on hero characters.

          • For the Emperor!

            May 4, 2016 at 08:46

            I liked the “RPG” feel, but would have liked it more in combination with the scale of DoW1 – which is exactly what they are doing now! Combining the 2! Scale and “elite” units that you customise!

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:54

            I liked it for the original, but by the end of the first expansion it got old. I never got the 2nd exp as a result. :/

            I miss DoW1 though, that game was epic.

          • miaau

            May 4, 2016 at 08:55

            Buy it on Steam. Super cheap. Loved it. Played it several times.

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:58

            I really should. I Never played the exp packs either, so it’ll be a good refresh. 😀

          • For the Emperor!

            May 4, 2016 at 08:45

            DoW 2 had MP? I must have blocked that from my memory 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:36

            SPACE MARINES BESTESTEST! Next bestest is Imperial Guard.

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:36

            You’re a mindless drone.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:41

            An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded.

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:37

            The Imperial Guard is the meatshield and waterboys to the Space Marines 😉

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:42

            Talk to the Baneblade. 😛

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:42

            Hmmm. Point made.

        • For the Emperor!

          May 4, 2016 at 08:37

          The issue with Tyranids in the previous “generation”, was that the computing power did not exist to do their sheer numbers justice at the scale they wanted. That is one of the reasons they went small-scale for DoW2 – so they could actually add them. Also take into account that Spesh Mehreens are the GW poster-boys and a highly used army, also that the Blood Ravens are a Relic specific chapter. I truly believe we will be getting more races and more campaigns once the game is released. I also hope for other races and missions. Like Tau, Tyranids, Dark Eldar…actually I want all of them in eventually 🙂

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          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:39

            It’s just taking so long to get there though. DoW3 I hope brings more factions with it. I’m already hyped, but I seriously want more. And yeah I forgot about the Dark Eldar… There is SO MUCH to draw from.

          • For the Emperor!

            May 4, 2016 at 08:50

            With the THQ issues they got set back – they were already conceptualising back then before BANG publisher dead. At least they are working on it after all this time 🙂
            Mega hyped and already added to my steam Wish List! I must add – on the tabletop I play Grey Knights, Imperial Knights and have started collecting Tau. I do not like the Vanilla Marines there. And before DoW1, I ALWAYS picked the non-human races like Orcs, Protoss etc. DoW1 was the first game where I liked the “humies” 🙂

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:51

            Tabletop I had a Tyranid army. It’s still my one true love, and I’ve not had anything to satisfy that. Literally nothing. I want to litter the battlefield with spores and corpses DAMMIT!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:52

            You want your spores to infest corpses? Wow dude O_o

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:53

            you really, really need your eyes checked.

          • For the Emperor!

            May 4, 2016 at 08:54

            Moar BIOMASS for the HIVE!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 4, 2016 at 08:54

            Indeed, he cannot see when the meat is ready

          • For the Emperor!

            May 4, 2016 at 08:53

            I got Nids right before their new Codex. Then the Codex and all the supplements you needed to actually play them ruined the way I wanted to play them…I wanted HORDES AND HORDES of little creatures to fill the table! Darn GW!

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:57

            I preferred a nice balance. Biovores, Carnifex, Tyranid Warriors. Those were my bread & butter. Expensive, big, but terrifying. Also fun to paint. XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:51

            Protoss…. tee hee.

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:40

            Total War Warhammer is going to have the numbers.

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:43

            First Total War game I want to buy. XD

        • Matthew Holliday

          May 4, 2016 at 12:06

          Tau are so not overated.
          The Tau commander is the scariest leader of the lot, the damage output, and escape options are real.
          although in previous games, tau honor guard and elite troops may leave alot to be desired, but their basic fire warriors and stealth squads are OP as >>

          Space Marines took a back seat in Dark Crusade and SoulStorm, back when it was an actual RTS game, but i agree that DoW2 and its expansions was a bit too space marine centric.

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          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 12:07

            Tau are just space robots to me. XD

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 5, 2016 at 09:34

            Pretty much what Masterchief is to me 😛

          • Pariah

            May 5, 2016 at 09:35

            Never played Halo XD

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 4, 2016 at 11:59

      DoW soulstorm and dark crusade have campagns for all but the tyranids
      (redownloaded both games last night, let the purge commence!)

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      • Pariah

        May 4, 2016 at 12:09

        “all but the Tyranids”

        *Cries*

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 4, 2016 at 08:20

    Warhammer 40K! Bases are back! Large-scale battles!

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    • Captain JJ vs ..............

      May 4, 2016 at 08:26

      !!!!

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    • For the Emperor!

      May 4, 2016 at 08:30

      ^^^^ THIS!!

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  3. For the Emperor!

    May 4, 2016 at 08:25

    Lol, finally my favourite site has this news. When I saw the trailer yesterday – it made my day and my YEAR getting this news! How often on LG comment sections have I begged for this? More times than I begged a girl for…

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  4. Captain JJ vs ..............

    May 4, 2016 at 08:26

    Base building back!
    Woohoo!

    ps. For Chaos.

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    • Pariah

      May 4, 2016 at 08:27

      At least it’s not a Space Marine. Wait. You know what I mean.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 4, 2016 at 08:27

      For Chaos? That’s code for… “please purge me I’m a deluded heretic” right?

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      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        May 4, 2016 at 08:29

        Khorne will roast you like a well done steak!
        No wait, then you’ll actually enjoy it, you masochist!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 4, 2016 at 08:31

          Ah don’t worry, I’m sure Chaos will be a pre-order bonus again. Funny how… Chaos… is a pre-order bonus, don’t you think? tee hee

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            May 4, 2016 at 08:32

            I know. It should ALWAYS be a bonus!

  5. justlikemo

    May 4, 2016 at 08:28

    Hey man !!!! For the Emperor!!

    “Even a man who has nothing can still offer his life.”

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  6. HairyEwok

    May 4, 2016 at 08:30

    I’m all about the greater good. Really bummed that Tau isn’t in this installment. Perhaps they’ll be used as an expansion pack.

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    • Captain JJ vs ..............

      May 4, 2016 at 08:30

      Probably.

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    • justlikemo

      May 4, 2016 at 08:32

      Yes will wait

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    • miaau

      May 4, 2016 at 08:53

      I am sure several races will be added as time goes and sales justifies.

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  7. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 4, 2016 at 08:35

    Ashoka in the header, May the 4th be with you MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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    • Captain JJ vs ..............

      May 4, 2016 at 08:36

      Trevor is probably kicking himself that he didn’t spot her first.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 4, 2016 at 08:37

        He’s failed her for the last time
        *choking noises

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        • Captain JJ vs ..............

          May 4, 2016 at 08:38

          Haha. I’m not sure if Trevor can be choked though. I mean, does he even breathe oxygen? Who knows?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 4, 2016 at 08:40

          The worst part is that looks like the Infinity figurine… that I own. sigh.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 4, 2016 at 08:40

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 4, 2016 at 08:48

          XD

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      May 4, 2016 at 08:47

      Spoiler alert……….something happens to her in the end of S2 of SW Rebels

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 4, 2016 at 08:49

        She rode off into the sunset & lived happily ever after. The end.

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          May 4, 2016 at 08:50

          Great, now you spoiled it for everyone

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:51

            GOOD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 4, 2016 at 08:52

            Jingle Bells
            Ahsoka smells
            Vader laid an egg
            The Dark Side has risen again
            And Ezra runs away, Hey!

        • miaau

          May 4, 2016 at 08:52

          flew. on a hovercraft. And it was a twin sunset. It is like we did not even watch the same made up event.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 4, 2016 at 08:53

            Well I don’t know what made up event you watched, but my made up one is right and yours is wrong!

          • Pariah

            May 4, 2016 at 08:59

    • miaau

      May 4, 2016 at 08:52

      And with you.

      Bayern for the win. Oh wait.

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  8. Skittle

    May 4, 2016 at 08:45

    I predict DLC races

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  9. miaau

    May 4, 2016 at 08:49

    So, the sequel to Dawn of War 1, then? YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

    The ordinary marine squad, fully upgraded, with some rockets, some bolts. Man, those guys can be so deadly. AND you can regrow dead Marines IN THE FIGHT. One of the few strategy games I have ever played where the base (or first) unit I use extensively all the time, not just because they are cheap and you get them first.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 4, 2016 at 10:41

      Two marine squads with a sniper squad to back them up were practically invincible.

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  10. Jeandre Pretorius

    May 4, 2016 at 13:11

    Walk softly and carry a big gun…This is probably my year for gaming my first ps2 game got remade (Ratched & Clank) and now my first strategy game I ever played after I went from playstation to PC is now back…now there just needs to be a new Age of Empires…

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