Tag Archives: warhammer 40k
Wed, Jul 16, 2008 | 10:48 BST
According to this IGN piece, RTS hottie Dawn of War II is to use Games for Windows Live.
The info’s from the game’s community site. Take a look.
Dawn of War II’s out next year.
Thu, Jul 10, 2008 | 16:36 BST
And here it is. There’s not much on it at the moment, apart from a few shots and a “coming soon” notice in the video section. Still want, though.
Fri, Apr 04, 2008 | 10:09 BST
THQ’s officially announced RTS sequel Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II.
The game’s being developed exclusively for PC and is powered by an enhanced version of Relic’s proprietary Essence Engine 2.0.
And for those of you that bought the recent Soustorm add-on for the original are in for a treat: you’ll be able to get in on the as yet undated multiplayer beta. From the release:
In addition, THQ is pleased to announce that gamers purchasing copies of the recently released Warhammer(R) 40,000(TM): Dawn of War(R) – Soulstorm(TM) will be able to participate in an invitation-only multiplayer beta program for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II set to take place at a future date.
“The original Dawn of War and its subsequent standalone expansions have established the series as one of the industry’s leading RTS franchises,” said Brad Carraway, vice president, global brand management, THQ. “Dawn of War II will re-define RTS gaming to gamers worldwide, delivering brutal frontline action and tactics, and allowing players to get straight to the action with unprecedented fast-paced RTS gameplay and a full co-op campaign, all in stunning cinematic detail.”
Full thing after the link.
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 | 07:57 BST
Bet PC Gamer’s happy. Belgian magazine PC Gameplay’s preview of Dawn of War 2′s been internetalised properly now by the wacky kids at Neogaf, following a few sketchy details this morning and what looks like the game’s first teaser movie. Here’s what to expect from Relic’s next-gen RTS.
- Uses the Essence 2.0 engine with Havok physics, all optimised for DX10 and multicore support.
- It looks great, think of the DoW intro but with a bit less polygons here and there (in terms of lighting and all that it looks almost exactly the same).
- Units also use CoH-like unit AI for awareness and pathfinding to find cover and such.
- While DoW 2 shares the same (upgraded probably) engine as CoH it won’t be “CoH in space”, while soldiers in CoH will ask themselves if flanking the enemy is the right option, in DoW2 it will be more like Space Marines asking themselves if they should use their jetpacks to jump over an Ork squad to attack them in the back. Different settings, different kinds of warfare.
- Preview only showed a destroyed city landscape, akin to DoW (but more detailed), other tilesets will offer deserts, jungles, mountains and other cities.
- Only the Orkz and Space Marines were revealed, more races on the way obviously and to be to revealed later this year (though how many isn’t known).
- Co-op campaign for both the Orkz and Space Marines, apparently not for the other to-be-revealed races.
- More focus on making units and squads unique; every unit has got a name (at least in the campaign it seems), more details and more animations.
- Relic wants to give players rewards at the end of a mission like wargear (armor, weapons, rare objects); “Let’s pimp out squads with cool stuff!”, you will see these items in-game as well of course.
- You’ll fight your way through the campaign with the same squads.
- You can’t control more than six squads! I am not sure if this is campaign-only but the preview made it sound like it wasn’t.
- The squads are going to be a lot more interesting than before though.
- A squad leader (one or several?) will need to survive if you want to complete a mission; you really have to look out for your squads and don’t treat them like cannon fodder.
- There is a lot more interesting commentary from the units as well; if your SM commander is holding a Thunder Hammer f.e. then the opponent will specifically comment on that, Ork Warchief saying something like “Ooh, nice hammer, but mine is bigger!”. The warchief will say something else if the commander doesn’t have the hammer.
- The campaign lets Space Marines operate from a spaceship, you’ll get a view of an underlying planet and you’ll be able to choose from different missions (which are tagged with difficulty colours, green, blue and red).
- Certain reward items won’t be useable at once in the campaign, so they’ll be taken back to the SM spaceship for research.
- Dreadnought can now also trample Orkz.
- No sea or air units (though jetpacks are still in of course).
- Development team of 55 people has been working on it since September 2006.
- Release in early 2009 or later.
Wed, Feb 06, 2008 | 15:12 GMT
THQ boss Brian Farrell, speaking in an investor call following the release of third quarter financials last night, said he’s seen a build of the previously announced Warhammer 40K MMO running at Vigil Games and said he was “pleasantly surprised” at the state of the game, adding “so far, so good”. Farrell noted that the title was some way off. No release date has been given for this as yet.