Tyranids will be joining Orks and Eldar as a playable race in the next expansion for Dawn of War 2, Retribution.
PC Gamer has the news in a preview:
“There’s a twist to this announcement: in Retribution’s Tyranid campaign, unlike its others, you have just one hero. You’re the Swarmlord.”
“In action, he’s the scrappy backbone of your swarm. As a six metre tall creature wielding four swords made of bone, he takes care of himself pretty well. But he also functions as a caster, chucking the Barbed Stranglers Dan mentioned to slow down and suppress large groups of units, or flush them out of a building if they’re garrisoned. His underlings do most of the fighting: huge, ever changing hordes of small units washing over the battlefield. They spawn fast, they die fast, and you’re constantly rethinking what to create.”
Although he will be the only hero in the Tyranid campaign, the Swarmlord will be able to spawn Hormagaunts and Termagants at any time, assuming he has the energy to do it.
You can also lead around with 140 units on the battlefield.
There’s a trailer of the expansion below (thanks, RPS).
DoW II: Retribution releases next March.