Dawn of War 3 announced: base-building returns with large scale battles and "biggest units ever"

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Say it with me: finally. After more than seven years of quiet, Dawn of War 3 is definitely, actually happening. Announced by Sega today, it’s pushing back towards the original game’s larger battles and bigger armies, expanding the suite of units from men and their tanks into massive walkers capable of standing toe-to-toe with armies.

Eldar, Orks and Space Marines will be doing battle according to the first, oddly melancholy but plenty bloody trailer, which you can see below.

Want to know more? All the latest rumours and details on Dawn of War 3’s release date, features, trailers and more in our dedicated post.

Sadly not a lick of gameplay within, but a good look at the armies of each of the three factions that have been announced:

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It seems unlikely that the roster will halt at three races. Dawn of War shipped with four, adding Chaos to this mix, with the campaign-only Imperial Guard quickly showing up in the first expansion, Winter Assault. They were followed by Tau, Necrons, Dark Eldar and Sisters of Battle in Dark Crusade and Soulstorm respectively. Chaos is likely a shoo-in, though they weren’t added until an expansion in Dawn of War 2.

As for how it will play, predictions of inspiration being taken from Warcraft III, with the first game’s huge armies being lead by the sequel’s highly customisable and massively powerful heroes, seem to be on point. Here’s the official description:

“Building on 12 years of explosive gameplay, Dawn of War III combines the epic scale of Dawn of War, with the customization and elite heroes of Dawn of War II. Dawn of War III immerses players in the escalating brutality of galactic warfare, where they will lead elite hero units and colossal armies to victory, or oblivion. Powerful super-walkers will tower over the front lines as screen-shaking assaults blister the battlefield in an all-out, over-the-top spectacle.”

Dawn of War 3 key art

The message is bigger, better and exploding more. “This is the Dawn of War that fans have been waiting for” explains executive producer Stephen MacDonald in a statement, “Our biggest units ever? Check. Giant orbital lasers? Check. Base-building, epic heroes, huge battles, it’s all in there.”

Marketing hype aside, humongous death-balls are a bit more in-theme with the universe than the direction DoW2 took things. The question now is if they can make a satisfying campaign that doesn’t devolve into a series of skirmishes as Dark Crusade did, and manages to remain balanced under the weight of dozens of units for an expanding number of factions. There’s not a peep from Sega or Relic about what their plans are in that area, if there’s going to be a single-player at all - we’d hope so - or what the business model will be.

However, it’s happening, which is enough to get me excited, and it’s a return to dropping titanic shells of unimaginable power on unsuspecting armies, rather than frag grenades to clear cover. Both have their merits, but the first game holds a firmer grip on my heart. Let us know in the comments if you’re happy with this direction, and we’ll bring you more on Dawn of War III as soon as possible.

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「Spaerk」 avatarRock1m1 avatarArtuurs avatarAnAuldWolf avatarBrandoTheNinjaMaster avatarJunoh avatar+1
Rock1m1 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I heard Dawn of War a lot but I don't know anything about the franchise. There are multiple types of games under Dawn of War right?

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Alright man, I'm about to school you in Warhammer 40k. The DoW games are all part of an encompassing story line that spans novels, table top games as well as the other games in the series. I am going seriously gloss over 40K lore, but Games Workshop has been working on the story for over 30 years, so rest assured that it is not lacking in detail.

Let's start with the warp, because the warp has affected things since time immemorial. The warp is chaos; it has no form, no rhyme, no reason, it just is. The oldest race is the Eldar (those things with the long topknots) they've been around before any other race. Way back in the day (before the dawn of humanity) their decadent ways corrupted most of their species when the warp spilled out into the material universe and created the Dark Eldar. These guys are mainly extreme masochists and are into the most powerful experiences of pain and pleasure. Their chaos deity is Slaanesh (also see the space marine chapter The Emperor's Children). The warp has 3 main deities: Khorne (brutal dude who likes violence and carnage), Nurgle (disease and rot), and Slaanesh (hedonism).

After all that business with the Eldar, humans eventually came about. In the WH40K universe the Emperor of Man came about after many civil wars and he was able to unite everyone (after the Earth was pretty much destroyed) under his banner. The Emperor is eternal. During his rule he and his scientists researched a gene project and through it he created 20 sons. These sons were called the primarchs and would create others and they would others through their 'gene-seed' which are what space marines are. The Emperor's closest son Horus, Primarch of the Luna Wolves (later known as the Sons of Horus) betrayed the Emperor and wounded him so badly during their fight that the Emperor was confined to his throne; a husk of his former self and Horus was killed. The other Primarchs that betrayed the Emperor are what's known as the chaos marines.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Wow, thanks man.

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Artuurs Avatar
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1 Year ago

Youre realy, realy late my friend. You got lots of catching up to do if youre interested to know about Warhammer 40K, Dawn of War are the main games in the series, franchise but theres a big dozen of other goodies with the Warhammer 40,000 title. You should get started on familirazing with the games if you are as interested in it as you seem to be. Steam and google will be your friend without the need for me to tell you all about it manualy.

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Junoh Avatar
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1 Year ago

The series is Warhammer 40k which has several different genres underneath it. There's the original which was a tabletop game, Space Marine which is a third person shooter, Fire Warrior which is a first person shooter, and more. Dawn of War is a real time strategy series set in the Warhammer 40k universe. I recommend checking out the first game and seeing if you like it. The second one is a bit different but still enjoyable.

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1 Year ago

I'm excited about this. I'm not sure whether I can still play it due to my waning sight, but I'd give it a go. And honestly, this is all the more reason to love SEGA than I originally had. They keep doing everything that makes me happy.

The next thing they need to do is another series of the Sonic Boom cartoon, which was sublime in its subversive humour.

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9 Months ago

"Remember, no preorders".

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