Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III - r_benb


Dawn of War III is 75% off for a limited time during Skulls for the Skull Throne 2 ! We wanted to celebrate this festival of all things Warhammer gaming by releasing a brand new Elite unit skin, the Obsidian Knight Paladin skin, free for all users!

The Obsidian Knight is something of a legend in the 40K universe, with the first sighting during the Damocles Gulf Crusade. Fighting alongside the Imperial armies against the Tau Empire, the Obsidian Knight was spotted in a number of massive battles, racking up an astounding number of kills. The Knight’s appearance was cheered by Imperial soldiers until the closing of the campaign, when it vanished into legend, only to appear again centuries later…

It will be unlocked automatically the next time you log in.
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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

It wasn't a year ago that Relic spoke hopefully about expanding Dawn of War 3 with new races, factions and campaign gubbins beyond its base game. Now, less than ten months since launch, it appears a diminished playerbase has forced the developer to leave the Warhammer-driven RTS behind—"shifting focus to other projects" within its portfolio.   

In conversation with Eurogamer, Relic says DoW 3 failed to meet its launch targets, and has consistently underperformed since. A quick glance at sales tracking site Steam Spy suggests the game's peak concurrent player count yesterday was 486—this against strategy genre and Games Workshop bedfellow Total War: Warhammer 2's 18,064 concurrents.

Apples and oranges and all that, but I do wonder if Dawn of War 3's MOBA leanings turned some players off from the outset.    

"While Dawn of War 3 has a dedicated player base, it didn't hit the targets we were expecting at launch, and it hasn't performed the way we had hoped since," Relic tells Eurogamer. "It's been tough for us as professionals who want to make great games for our players, and for us as people who care a lot about what we do.

"When a game underperforms, plans need to change. With Dawn of War 3, we simply don't have the foundation we need to produce major content. We're working in close partnership with Sega and Games Workshop to determine the best course of action, while shifting focus to other projects within our portfolio."

Looking to the future, Relic is developing Age of Empires 4 which is as yet without a hard release date. 

Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Soulstorm - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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There will be no “major” expansion content for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III and the studio has turned to other projects, Relic confirmed to us today, despite intentions to the contrary discussed last year. The Games Workshop-themed strategy game was met with a divisive response due to its abandonment of real-time strategy mainstays in favour of more of a hero unit approach, in addition to an overly-formulaic singleplayer campaign.

DOW’s active players have slumped in the ten months since release – to the point that there were, over the past 30 days, twice as many people playing the original, 2004 Dawn of War and its expansions as there were last Spring’s Dawn of War III. (more…)

Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games.> But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol’ breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months.

Below is the full, hundred-strong roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III - r_tsagora


Give thanks for endless WAAAGH! with these three new Elite unit skins, available now for free the next time you log in to Dawn of War III. Equip the Deathwatch skin for Gabriel Angelos, Hunter skin for Gorgutz, and classic Farseer skin for Macha, and forge your legend in unrelenting, explosive battle!



Deathwach – Gabriel Skin
Lending his mighty daemon hammer to the Inquisition’s elite Deathwatch order, Gabriel Angelos stands strong as the last line of defense against unspeakable horrors. Xenos beware!

Hunter – Gorgutz Skin
The insatiable Gorgutz ‘Ead’unter shrouds himself in trophies of the galaxy’s most fearsome predators – animal, alien, and man. Will yours be the next skull added to his collection?

Farseer Classic – Macha Skin
To forge the future, she’ll draw from her past. Farseer Macha dons the Ghosthelm and spear inspired by her appearance in the original Dawn of War. Foes of old will tremble at the sight.



All three skins will be available for selection next time you log on to Dawn of War III.

For the Emperor!
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III - Kat_RE


We're bringing you the largest update yet for Dawn of War III! See it all in action in our latest trailer or visit DawnofWar.com for more info. Here's what you can expect:

  • Three new Elite units
  • Three new multiplayer maps
  • Five new Elite skins, including the Primaris skin for Chaplain Diomedes
  • New custom game options
  • Various bug fixes

Play Dawn of War III for free this weekend!

That's not all! Dawn of War III, and all of the Endless War content, is FREE to play on Steam this weekend (ends at 1PM PDT on Sunday, October 22.) If you don't want the carnage to end, you can pick up your copy for 50% off until 10AM PDT on Monday, October 23.

Whether you're new to Dawn of War III, or want to recruit your closest Battle Brothers for support, there has never been a better time to head to fight For the Emperor!
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This patch will include the content that we’ve been teasing over the last few weeks: new Elites, new multiplayer maps, and some surprise skins! Additionally, there will be a balance update, the details of which are outlined below.

This patch will introduce a 30% health increase for non-heavy infantry, making early game time to kill more forgiving. Some T1 units have had their damage tuned to compensate for the overall boost. To ensure that these units don’t over-scale in the late game, health upgrade effectiveness has been tuned in parallel.

As a result, these changes make units healthier, and early game fights last longer. Fights over resource points and open-field skirmishes now have a slightly different feel, but the key takeaway is that we’ve shifted towards a greater focus on tactical decision-making.


New
  • New Elites: Ironclad Dreadnought, Wraithseer Kayduin, and the Lifta-Droppa Battlewagon
  • New maps: Shrine of Asuyran (1v1), Serpent Chasm (2v2), and Da Extraktor (3v3)
  • Free skins: Primaris Chaplain Diomedes, Salamander Ironclad Dreadnought, Helmeted Kyre, Deathwing Terminators, and Deathwing Assault Terminators

Improved
  • New Custom game options: toggle Elites on or off, toggle doctrines on or off, toggle global abilities on or off
  • Missions 1 to 3 difficulty tuning


Gameplay
  • Health and shields of non-Elite infantry increased by 30%
  • Buildable turrets (from doctrines) for all factions have had their damage increased from 7 to 13

Economy
  • Elite point generator cost increased from 80 Requisition / 20 Power to 120 Requisition / 45 Power
  • Elite point generator cost is no longer affected by the scaling of other generators
  • Building an Elite point generator no longer increases the scaling of other generators

Buildings
  • Listening Post damage increased from 7 to 9
  • Listening Post health increased from 2200 to 2500
  • Power Core turret auto attack damage increased from 12.5 to 16.25
  • Power Core beam attack increased from 15 to 19

Maps
  • Shrine of Asuyran (1v1) has been added into the Custom match and Quick-Match map lists
  • Serpent Chasm (2v2) has been added into the Custom match and Quick-Match map lists
  • Da Extraktor (3v3) has been added into the Custom match and Quick-Match map lists


Tactical Marines
Doctrines:
  • Frag Grenade: Damage increased from 15 to 26

Frag grenades were already behind the curve compared to similar abilities, but it needed a substantial boost to maintain relevance in conjunction with the infantry health changes.



Scouts
  • Cluster Mines detonation radius decreased from 5 to 2.5
  • Cluster Mines area of effect increased from 5 to 6

To improve the effectiveness of Cluster Mines, we decreased their detonation radius and the ability’s area of effect to ensure that more units will be hit by the explosion.



Scout Snipers
  • Damage increased from 25 to 30

With the sweeping health changes, Scout Snipers would have had to take an extra three or four volleys of shots to kill a squad. We’ve modified the damage so that it only takes one extra volley than it did previously. Though it is overall more forgiving to fight snipers using infantry units, early game Elites will have a tougher time soaking their damage.



Land Speeder
  • Ranged damage increased from 7 to 7.25

One big focus for this patch was to examine how the infantry health increase would affect the relationships of early Tier 2 units. In particular, it was important not to change the relationships drastically between early skimmers and their counters. We ran a lot of combat tests to monitor how the relationships changes. The Land Speeder’s DPS was high enough to trade well with its counters, so it only needed a slight tweak. We tested bigger damage increases, but this made them absolutely shred through early game Elites.



Chaplain Diomedes
  • Health decreased from 3100 to 2900

Diomedes has quickly risen to be one of the most frequent Space Marine picks in upper skill brackets. After these changes, he was a bit too resilient given all his other benefits, so we scaled him slightly down.



Jonah Orion
  • Health increased from 2250 to 2500
  • Emperor's Light allied damage buff duration increased from 5 seconds to 8 seconds while within Stonewall
  • Emperor's Light allied damage buff duration increased from 7 seconds to 10 seconds while outside of Stonewall

Jonah is still a strong Elite unit in terms of his overall potential - he can make great plays, but in many ways felt less effective in the early game. We wanted to slightly increase his resiliency and improve the buffs of his Emperor’s Light.



Assault Terminators
  • Health increased from 5400 to 5750

Although Assault Terminators can be quite strong in the right situation, we found that they needed a bit more resiliency considering they are most effective in melee range, and are susceptible to being kited.



Additional Changes
  • Orbital Bombardment: Levitation channel time increased from 4 seconds to 6 seconds
  • In-combat reinforcement time for infantry units increased by 60%
  • Level 1 health increase reduced from 15% to 12%
  • Level 2 health increase reduced from 30% to 12%
  • Level 3 health increase reduced from 45% to 12%



Dire Avenger
  • Plasma Grenade damage increased from 20 to 26

Doctrines:
  • Improved Plasma Grenade: Damage increased from 40 to 52

Dire Avengers are very dependent on their Plasma Grenades and though they’ve never done as much damage as similar abilities, we’ve tuned them to keep up with the health changes.



Ranger
  • Damage increased from 25 to 34

As with Scout Snipers, we needed to increase the damage to ensure that it didn’t take substantially more volleys to kill an enemy squad. We also found in testing that without this increase, Rangers were disproportionately less effective than Snipers in terms of cost.



Wraithguard
  • Melee damage increased from 8 to 16

It was intended that Wraithguard could be countered by being tied up in melee combat, but it was far too easy to achieve that with worker units. Of course, the cost effectiveness of sacrificing a worker unit for a squad of Wraithguard was imbalanced, and these changes should make them less susceptible to this tactic.



Vyper
  • Twin-linked shuriken catapult damage increased from 3 to 3.5
  • Twin-linked shuriken catapult shots per second increased from 5 to 8
  • Twin-linked shuriken catapult cooldown decreased from 1 second to 0.75 seconds
  • Increased targeting width from 5 to 15, meaning it can hit targets for longer before needing to readjust its facing

We opted to roughly double the firepower of its twin-linked shuriken catapults so that this change mostly affects its effectiveness versus infantry.



Fire Prism
Doctrines:
  • Focused Beam: Damage increased from 60 to 120 and now deals reduced objective damage (to the same value as pre-patch)

A concern we kept hearing from the community was that the Focused Beam doctrine felt weak. After testing this more thoroughly, we agreed, but we had to reduce its damage versus objectives to compensate.



Farseer Macha
  • Psyker Blast damage reduction decreased from 75% to 60%

There’s been some discussion about the Psyker Blast damage reduction bonus that Macha applies to allied units. Though it’s correct that you can choose to abdicate the fight, it does last for a substantial amount of time and given the infantry resilience changes, it needed a slight reduction.



Ranger Ronahn
  • Health increased from 480 to 576
  • Shield increased from 720 to 864
  • Damage increased from 250 to 280
  • Long Shot damage increased from 275 to 360

Though Ronahn recently received buffs, his health change felt like a big step backwards for him. He went from being viable in some cases to irrelevant in most. Line other snipers, his auto attack needed to be increased but his Long Shot took a dive with the increased health. He was always fragile to begin with, but now that units can survive and pressure him easier, we increased his health to counteract it.



Jain Zar
  • Health increased from 960 to 1080
  • Shield increased from 1440 to 1620

Though she can be quite lethal, Jain Zar also suffers from being kited easily and is lower among Elite Elite picks. This change should help her to find a better niche in the new meta.



Autarch Kyre
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a bug where Kyre was not correctly prioritized on the command crd
  • Fixed a bug where if Kyre was using a skin, he would change back to his default model when using Skyleap



Wraithlord
Doctrine:
  • Improved Webways: Now properly reduces the cooldown for Webway Holofield and Webway Shield

To boost his Improved Webway doctrine, it will not only affect the cooldown of teleport but also other abilities.



Additional Changes
  • Eldar will no longer gain full shields when upgrading their shield health; instead, they will gain the difference between their old and new shield values
  • Infinity Portal now starts with one charge of Soul Recall
  • Level 1 shield increase reduced from 25% to 20%
  • Level 2 shield increase reduced from 50% to 20%
  • Level 3 shield increase reduced from 75% to 20%



Shoota Boyz
  • Stikkbomb damage decreased from 2 to 1.9

Shoota Boyz always had high damage relative to their cost. With increased survivability, we felt they were just a bit too good and needed a slight tweak. We didn’t want to go too far considering the health change will affect one of their cornerstone abilities - the Stikkbomb.



Tankbusta
  • Damage bonus versus skimmers reduced from 40 to 25

Tankbustas have always been very effective versus skimmers because they deal their damage in bursts. We needed to tone down their bonus damage so that it is now equivalent to Lascannon Devastators and Shadow Spectres, which should make it a bit easier for simmers to harass an Ork army.



Deffkopta
  • Damage increased from 11.1 to 12.8

Deffkoptas have received near-constant buffs and though we feel that they’re viable, we’ve increased their damage to compensate for the health buffs. This makes them that much more effective as low cost Elite counters.



Stormboyz
  • Melee damage reduced from 30 to 25
  • Critical Strike damage reduced from 90 to 80

Stormboyz have always been strong as a 2-point Elite, with their high burst damage and jumping capabilities. One of the major design intentions for this rebalance is to affect the early Elite units, and we felt that in comparison to Striking Scorpions especially, their base damage was too high.



Warboss Gorgutz
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where Gorgutz would get stuck after casting Grapplin’ Klaw when performing a Critical Strike



Big Mek Wazzmakka
  • Orbital Scrap damage increased from 350 to 455
  • Orbital Scrap damage against objectives reduced from 350 to 200
  • Orbital Scrap outer radius damage increased to 50% of base damage, up from 20%
  • Scrap Turret damage increased from 12 to 15

Although Traktor Beam is really awesome and provides great utility, Big Mek Wazzmakka’s overall toolkit felt underwhelming - especially in comparison to similarly-priced Elites. Due to the design of Orbital Scrap, his damage was inconsistent - so we’ve made that less variable. Orbital Scrap damage will no longer be capped at 1 entity, making it more lethal to squads.



Additional Changes
  • In-combat reinforcement time for infantry units increased by 60%
  • WAAAGH Tower damage increased from 6 to 7
  • Level 1 health increase reduced from 15% to 12%
  • Level 2 health increase reduced from 30% to 12%
  • Level 3 health increase reduced from 45% to 12%



Gameplay
  • Fixed a bug where Deployable Energy Shields could be built on top of one another

User Interface
  • Fixed a bug where swapping between the Campaign and Army Painter screens would sometimes cause them to overlap
  • Fixed a bug where error message text would appear when targeting a
  • Deffkopta while the Slice ‘Em doctrine was equipped
  • Fixed a bug where error message text would appear while viewing the Vyper Haste tooltip when the ability was on cooldown

Art
  • Fixed a bug where the Space Marine Listening Post’s targeting indicator would vanish when the structure caught on fire
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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War… war has changed. The latest (and largest) Dawn of War 3 update, “Endless War”, is now live. It adds new multiplayer maps, new elite units and new cosmetics to the Warhammer RTS.

If you don’t own DoW3 but want to get in on the action, there’s also a free weekend running from now until 9pm on Sunday, along with a 50% discount if you want the game for keepsies.

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