Fans of the Warhammer 40K tabletop games will have another title to play. Relic Entertainment and Sega releases a new look at Dawn of War 3. The teaser showcases not only new skins for the installment’s units but also pre-order features.
Dawn of War 3 is the third installment of the Dawn of War series. It is, in fact, the latest title in the franchise after Dawn of War 2: Retribution in 2011. The title takes place in a fictional realm within the chaotic Warhammer 40K universe.
Dawn of War 3 allows players to be in charge of one of the universe’s many technologically-advanced races. Each race has a different story, allowing for multiple endings.
Dawn of War 3: Pre-Order Options
The game launches April 27, 2017 for PC and the video from Sega’s YouTube channel teases pre-order bonuses for players. PC Gamer explained that the title can be purchased in a Standard Edition and a Collector’s Edition.
The Collector’s Edition comes with a premium disc book and the game’s original soundtrack. Aside from that, it also has an art card and a replica of the Godsplitter Daemon Hammer. The Edition also comes with three mounted cloth faction banners and a special Master of War Skin Pack. The game’s Limited Edition will come with the disc book, the art card, and the soundtrack.
The Master of War Skin Pack has three special cosmetic skin for the game’s Super Walker units. These include the Dark Queen skin (Lady Solaria), the Ghost Seer skin (Farseer Taldeer) and the Big Kustom skin (Morkanaut Beauty).
The new Dawn of War game was in fact teased last May 2016. This gives fans an ample amount of time to decipher just what the title may offer. However, Polygon gathered some of the basic facts for a good overview of the new installment.
Strategy fans may find a few new features capable of changing the tide of battle. Areas where units can find cover may actually deteriorate over time. Interestingly, the game also eliminates the option to summon hero units with regular resources. Instead, the title uses new “Elite Points” that accumulate over time. This means players can dish out heavy damage with elite units as early as 15-minutes into a session.
In fact, the game emphasizes battles more than base building. Unlike other popular strategy titles, Dawn of War installments focuses more on how fast players build their units. This is because resources are automatically gathered over time. Gamers simply have to capture more territory to gain commodities faster.
Game creators Sega and Relic Entertainment have not revealed much about the title’s multiplayer offerings. However, it is safe to speculate that the game mode will be oriented towards player-versus-player (PvP) conflicts. Game developers have yet to confirm downloadable content (DLC) packs.
Story, Unit Factions
The Warhammer 40K universe, and by extension Dawn of War games, takes place in the 41st Millennium. This is a time when mankind has established a space-age empire encompassing the known galaxy. Unfortunately, humanity has made a few enemies with the alien factions they met through time. Some of them are included on the new Dawn of War game.
The title takes place in the planet Acheron, where a deadly weapon called the Spear of Khaine is located. The title has yet to reveal just what this weapon is capable of. As per usual Dawn of War installments, three factions converged to secure their claims for the artifact.
The series will feature factions such as the Blood Ravens Space Marines led by Gabriel Angelos. Space Marines are elite armies of soldiers under the complete control of the God-Emperor of Mankind. They are massive and powerful units, capable of eliminating aliens with ease.
Another faction is the Eldar, led by Farseer Macha. Fans of the franchise will remember Macha from the first Dawn of War game. The Eldar are one of the oldest races to ever roam the galaxy. Their capability to travel through the Warp makes them deadly opponents.
The last faction is the Orks, led by Warlord Gorgutz. This chieftain actually returns to the game after appearing three times in the franchise. The Orks are powerful units that rely too much on scavenging mechanical scraps from other races. They are generally comic relief for the game.