I always loved the idea of table-top gaming and Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K has to be amongst the most well known names in this genre. What I didn’t like was the hours spent badly painting models that you’d need a microscope to see properly and the sheer cost of the hobby. What I do love, however, is the lore and the 40K world in general so I was over the moon when the first Dawn of War game hit the PC back in 2004. I’ve played every iteration since, my favourite being Dawn of War: Soulstorm. With this being said I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War III is now available both in digital and physical formats for the PC.
I don’t think that you necessarily need to have a great deal of knowledge about the Warhammer 40,000 universe to enjoy this game or indeed any in the series. If you love the RTS genre then this might well be up your street. Dawn of War III is said to retain the real time strategy essentials that we all know and love like base building, massive armies and resource management while keeping the series’ innovations with powerful heroes and unit customisation. In addition to this, Relic are boasting the biggest units and most devastating abilities that they have ever produced on screen.
“This is a huge day for everyone at Relic,” said Phillipe Boulle, Game Director of Dawn of War III. “Seeing Dawn of War III in the hands of players is the cumulation of years of effort. We’ve been blown away by the reception at shows, and during betas. We’re thrilled to get it in the hands of the fans.”
The game features a 17-mission single player campaign and centres around three races, namely The Space Marines, Eldar and Orcs. The plot, told from the perspectives of all three species, follows a mysterious prophesy, a powerful weapon and a planet that has re-appeared from the warp. The campaign challenges you to command epic heroes, assemble massive armies and wage war across a variety of hostile environments.
The multiplayer sees teams of up to three players face off in a fast paced, head to head, fight to the finish. This allows for a fair bit of customisation as before you even hit the battle field you’ll have to forge an army from the three factions, with 27 elite heroes, and 60 Doctrines available to unlock. From here you can obliterate your foes across 8 dynamic maps.
“This release marks a huge step forward into a new era for the studio,” said Justin Dowdeswell, General Manager of Relic. “It’s the perfect way to kick off our 20th year of making great games and a strong sign of what’s to come. This is only the beginning.”
It has to be said that the previous games in this series have harnessed the RTS thing really well and have done some pretty cool things with the genre. I’ll certainly be looking forward to playing this game and will let you all know what I think when I get my hands on a copy. For the rest of you, if you like base building and blowing your friends to bits with massive forces, this might be one to add to the proverbial armoury.