After five years of Company of Heroes 2 development, Relic Entertainment is back and announcing Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. For the glory of the God-Emperor!
It’s been five very long years, but it feels like 40,000. That’s right, Relic Entertainment is back with more Warhammer: 40,000, today announcing Dawn of War III for release in 2017. Relic’s spent the last five years working on Company of Heroes 2 and its several expansions, but there’s really no game more familiar to Relic like Dawn of War and Warhammer 40,000. The original grimdark RTS is back and looks to be better than ever.
Dawn of War III will reunite the Space Marines, Orks, and Eldar once again to do battle like only Warhammer 40,000 can deliver. Here’s Relic’s introduction to the story and setting at the start of Dawn of War III:
“In Dawn of War III you will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron. With war raging and the planet under siege by the armies of greedy Ork warlord Gorgutz, ambitious Eldar seer Macha, and mighty Space Marine commander Gabriel Angelos, supremacy must ultimately be suspended for survival.”
To capture the scale and intensity of a Warhammer 40,000 interstellar war, Relic is pulling the favorite features from both Dawn of War and its sequel. Giant units are back, Relic having already revealed the Imperial Knight, Gorkanaut, and Wraithknight units. Giant units fit especially well in giant armies, with Relic promising to deliver epic-sized fights akin to the original Dawn of War. However, they’ll also be including the elite squads and units with special abilities that Dawn of War II delivered.
Best yet, there’s an announcement trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III that lives up to the expectations that fans will have from previous cinematic trailers for the franchise. Expect plenty of Space Marine, Ork, and Eldar action – and a body count to match the scale of it all.
Judging from the trailer, they’re certainly scaling up the grimdark, aren’t they? Rewatching the trailer and realizing that the huge mountain, as well as the rain pouring from the sky, consists entirely of the corpses of soldiers from the three factions. The entire thing is a rather abstract take on how war is the blood of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, with the soldiers entirely willing to smile while they die for the player’s enjoyment.
Love it or hate it, Relic’s absolutely shown today that they’re back in the Warhammer 40,000 business and that business is good. And also that Warhammer 40,000 is terrifying.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is planned for release in 2017 for PC.