Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Alice O'Connor

Warhammer 40,000 fans, your prayers to the Emperor (or Gork, Mork, Isha, or whichever vile daemon you heretics worship) have been answered. A turn-based strategy adaptation of Games Workshop's grimdark tabletop wargame is coming, but not from the usual source. While Relic developed and THQ published the 40K RTS series Dawn of War, this is by specialist strategy developer and publisher Slitherine.

We don't know much, though. Yesterday's announcement said it's being made for multiple platforms with "best talents in design and development" available to Slitherine. And that's about all.

"Slitherine are clearly established and successful masters of their genre of games, and there are many fans of their work here at [Games Workshop]," head of licensing Jon Gillard said in yesterday's announcement. "It's a pleasure to work with such like minded individuals who share our passion for strategy games of all types."

As well as the Slitherine brand, the Slitherine Group includes Matrix Games and Ageod.

This isn't the only turn-based 40K game in the works either. Space Hulk is in development for PC, Mac and iOS at Frontline Tactics dev Full Control, complete with co-op.

Relic was working on a Dawn of War III, but it ended up sidelined while the studio focused on Company of Heroes 2. Relic was bought by Sega in the great THQ shutdown sale, and it's not yet clear what will happen with 40K there now.

[That image up top is from Relic's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution]

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Word Bearers Skin Pack - Valve
3 new pieces of Downloadable Content are now available for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution!

The Last Stand Tau Commander comes with 26 pieces of wargear, 2 achievements, an all new voice and 20 levels of progression and can be used in the Last Stand Mode.

The Chaos Word Bearers Pack adds the iconic Chaos Space Marine Legion, with seven unique models for the major multiplayer units as well as new color schemes for the others.

Lastly, the Death Korps of Krieg Pack adds the iconic Imperial Guard regiment, with ten unique models for the major multiplayer units as well as the Death Korps of Krieg distinctive color patterns.

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Dawn of War 2 Last Stand - Tau Commander
A new blog post on the Relic Dawn of War blog details every ability and piece of wargear that the new Tau Commander Last Stand hero will unlock on his quest to reach level 20. It looks like Relic have not only nailed what the Tau are about, but have created a high-risk, mobile, ranged devastator that should provide new challenge for anyone who thinks they've mastered Dawn of War 2's superb three-man survival mode. This is a character who does ZERO damage in melee, but has access to a plasma gun and jump jets from the start, and abilities with names like "sky ray barrage."

Listing every upgrade and wargear unlock will be a bit spoilery for some, but if you're eager to see some of the slightly terrifying upgrades on offer, including heavy assault drones and nano-bots, you'll find the full list on the Dawn of War 2 blog. According to IGN the Tau Commander is set to hit Steam later today, and will cost $9.99.

Relic are also releasing some new chapter packs for Dawn of War 2's armies, including the Death Korps of Krieg for the Imperial Guard, and Word Bearers for Chaos.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Alice O'Connor

The anime-inspired Tau are bringing their mecha suits to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution this month, with a new Tau Commander hero coming to Last Stand mode as paid downloadable content. Developer Relic also announced that new premium multiplayer chapters are in the works for the Chaos and Imperial Guard factions.

"The major themes that drove the design were to have a hero that was offensively potent but fragile, and to provide different avenues of playstyle," Relic's Clint Tasker explained in the announcement dev diary. According to Tasker, the Tau Commander can be set up to be offensive powerhouses, disrupt enemy forces, or support their allies.

Relic says that the Tau Commander will arrive alongside Imperial Guard Death Korps of Krieg and Chaos Word Bearers chapter packs in the next update, this month. The chapter packs traditionally cost $7.49. Relic hasn't announced how much the Tau Commander, the first new Last Stand DLC hero, will be.

While the Tau became playable in the original Dawn of War with the standalone expansion Dark Crusade, this will be their debut in the Dawn of War II sub-series.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Steve Watts

Dawn of War III is on the way, but its predecessor is getting at least one more piece of downloadable content. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution is planning a new DLC pack to highlight another piece of 40K lore: the Ultramarines.

The pack is coming in a nebulous "future update," so we're in the dark for release timing. In the past, armor packs have cost $7.49, so this is likely to hit at the same price, but nothing has been announced.

In a blog post, we got a peak at the units. Each of them carries "a distinctly Roman Empire influenced look" according to Relic artist Matt Kuzminski. This manifests itself in ornate armor styles and stylish plating. Kuzminski calls the Dreadnought his "favourite element of this pack," modeled after the Forge World version. Old Space Marine models have been replaced with Scouts and Devastators to match the aesthetic.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution
Dawn of War 2 Retribution - Waaaaaagh!
Orks are the winners of the latest Dawn of War 2: Retribution patch. The greenskins get a series of health buffs across the board, making those vast, snot coloured mobs even more intimidating. Love them or hate them, you won't be able to kill them quite as easily as you could yesterday.

In fact, every race has received balance tweaks, and a sizeable list of bugs have been quietly taken out back and shot with a plasma pistol. You'll find the full patch notes below, nabbed from the Dawn of War 2 Retribution forums. On a related side note, the Eldar Ulthwe DLC mentioned yesterday is available now on the Steam store for £4.99 / $7.50.

Map Changes

Fixed an issue on 4P Golgotha Depths that prevented Chaos spawning in the 4th position from entering the building in the back corner
Fixed an issue on 4P Selenon Fissure that caused some units to get stuck in places by teleport or knockback that were not in playable areas
Fixed an issue on 6P Calderis Refinery that caused some units to get stuck in places by teleport or knockback that were not in playable areas


Bug Fixes

Dark Flames now do flamer_ability_pvp from flamer_pvp
Fixed an exploit that allowed players to cast smite multiple times
All Chaos worship modifiers are now exclusive
Ravener Alpha no longer fires while making tunnels
Plague Marine death explosion no longer gives a damage modifier
Tyranid Mycetic Spores no longer reinforces allied units
Fixed an issue that allowed the Lord General to cast med kits multiple times
Wraithguard tooltip changed to “Heavy Infantry” from “Super Heavy Infantry”
Ogryns tooltip changed to “Super Heavy Infantry” from “Heavy Infantry”
Reduced the chance of abilities to misfire
Improved squad plans of units with flamers so that the squad will retain unit coherency
Improved squad plans of units with missiles so that the squad will retain unit coherency
Ork Burna Melee cooldown changed from 1 to 0
Fixed an issue that allowed units to take damage when under the effects of “Angels of Death”
Fixed an issue that allowed Nobs to take damage when under the effect of “Frenzy”
Hellfury damage type changed to flame_ability_pvp from flamer_pvp
Force Commander’s Power Sword now shows proper weapon decorator
Inquisitor’s Holy Brazier now shows proper weapon decorator
Chaos Lord Blood Maul now shows proper weapon decorator
Sluggas when upgraded with Nob leader now shows proper weapon decorator
Plague Marine’s Plague Sword now shows proper weapon decorator
Warlock’s Witchblade of Kurnous now shows proper weapon decorator
Commissar Lord’s Power Sword now shows proper weapon decorator
Ork Stormboyz now show proper weapon decorator
Warboss Bosspole no longer stacks HP on the Warboss


Balance Changes


Slugga Nob Upgrade now increases HP of Sluggas by 10% and increase move speed by 1
Use Your Choppas Red cost increased from 75 to 100
Mek Boy HP increased from 540 to 600
Loota Tank HP increased from 550 to 650
Tankbusters HP increased from 800 to 850
Bommaboyz no longer causes knockback on retreat



Techmarine Plasma Overcharge ability now reduces the damage of the plasma gun from 30% to 50%
Techmarine Artificer Armor health regeneration reduced from 0.5 to 0.35
Predator HP increased from 600 to 700
Librarian ‘Smite’ damage reduced from 25 to 20
Tactical Marines HP reduced from 350 to 330
Apothecary Combat Stimulants damage increase lowered to 25% from 40%



Touch of Nurgle damage reduced from 75 to 37.5
Chaos Predator HP increased from 660 to 770
Bloodcrusher cost increase from 350/45 to 350/60
Touch of Nurgle Knockback changed from Ability to Weapon



Lictor Hero Infiltrate mechanics are mirrored to the Kommando Hero
Lictor Hero Feeder Tendrills wargear cost increased from 125/25 to 125/35
Spore Mine Drop Global cost increased from 100 red to 175 red
Zoanthrope Focus blast now deals weapon knockback from ability knockback
Ravener Hero Tunnel build time increased from 6 seconds to 10
Ravener Hero Burrow trap recharge time increased from 5 seconds to 20 seconds
Ravener now needs to be loaded into the tunnel after it constructs it



Farseer Armor of Fortune regeneration bonus reduced from 0.5 to 0.35
Farseer’s Guide cooldown decreased from 85 seconds to 30 seconds
Farseer’s Guide only works on infantry now
Farseer’s Timefield speed reduction penalty changed from 70% to 50%
Fire Prism HP increased from 450 to 500
Webway gates HP increased from 350 to 450



Sentinels Stun effect reduced from 7 seconds to 5 seconds
Banewolf cost increased from 350 req and 200 red to 350 req 75 power and 200 red
Inquisitor’s Holy Brazier Special attack damage reduced from 80 to 50
Creeping Barrage Red Cost increased from 175 to 200
Commissar Power Fist (Tier 2) cost reduced from 200/50 to 150/50

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Ulthwe Wargear DLC - Valve
The Ulthwe Wargear Pack is now available on Steam!

This DLC pack adds the iconic Eldar craftworld to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution with nine unique models for the major multiplayer units as well as new color schemes for the others.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Alice O'Connor

Having previously tarted the Space Marines up as the Dark Angels with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution paid downloadable content, developer Relic has announced it's giving the Eldar a DLC makeover next.

The cosmetic-only Eldar Ulthwé pack will customise your multiplayer Eldar army with a new look styled after the forces of Craftworld Ulthwé. All units are deck out in slimming new black skins, with a fair number getting new and custom outfits too.

Eldar Ulthwe DLC

Tweaks include a Farseer insipired by Dawn of War - Dark Crusade character Farseer Taldeer, new robes for the Warlock Commander, a Wraithlord based upon concept sketches for the original tabletop miniature, fur cloaks and new helmets for Seer Council warlocks, and snazzy lightning decals for the Falcon and Fire Prism.

The Ulthwé DLC's price hasn't been confirmed yet, but it'd be surprising if it weren't the same as the $7.49 Dark Angels pack. It's due to arrive alongside the next Retribution update.

Relic recently revealed that it plans to let players "build your own custom mega army" in the still-not-officially-announced Dawn of War III, though there's no word yet on exactly what this will entail.

Cosmetic tweaks along the lines of the Ulthwé DLC are common in the original Warhammer 40,000 tabletop wargame. It's not difficult to imagine DoW 3 coming with a set number of alternate parts, accessories, and decorations for players to customise their armies, then selling extra packs of bits as DLC. Such a setup would allow players to tinker while still supporting the post-launch income stream Relic has created with these DoW 2 faction packs, though this is of course pure speculation.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Alice O'Connor

Though Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is still not formally announced, that hasn't stopped publisher THQ and developer Relic from talking about the RTS sequel. The latest revelations come from Relic marketing manager James McDermott in an interview with Eurogamer, covering topics including custom armies.

"Looking at what we had real success with with Dawn of War II - Retribution, with the DLC, and with customisation and building their armies and collecting being a big part of what 40k fans really love, we want to make that a big part of DoW 3," McDermott said. "There's going to be lots of opportunities to expand and build your own custom mega army. That's definitely an area we want to invest in. We see a good opportunity."

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution

Customisation is a staple of the tabletop miniatures wargame, from paint schemes and replacing figures' components with snazzier parts to flat-out inventing new factions. The most recent DoW only supports relatively limited custom paint options. How exactly will it all work in Dawn of War III? Until the game's revealed, who could possibly say. But custom armies!

McDermott also backed up THQ core games head Danny Bilson's remarks that Dawn of War III will combine elements of the first two with new elements and MMO aspects. DoW 3 "is going to have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like," McDermott explained.

"We're trying to leverage even more so on the Games Workshop tabletop game, and then combine that with the game mechanics people have said, 'If you were to make a DOW3 we would like this kind of balance of things,' and what we think would be good for strategy games as a whole."

Bilson had hinted in 2010 that Dawn of War 3 might be free-to-play, depending on how well the F2P Company of Heroes Online was received. Considering that it shut down in February this year, you can probably scratch that out.

McDermott also teased the announcement Relic is due to make at the Gamescom show in August, saying "There is something cool and I think people will be really pleased to hear about it." If we all wish hard enough for a surprise Homeworld 3 announcement, it might just come true.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Alice O'Connor

A dozen new pieces of wargear are coming to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution's Last Stand mode as paid downloadable content, developer Relic has announced.

"The design goal for Last Stand has always been that wargear would give you new ways to play, rather than straight-up be better. I've tried to maintain that design philosophy with these items," designer Clint Tracker explained in the announcement. "One, so that players do not have to buy it to compete for top scores and two, to stay true to the original intent of the mode. These items are here to create new and awesome ways for players to slaughter mobs of infantry in the two arenas."

Playing dress-up with the new wargear

Two new items will be released for each of the six Last Stand heroes, intended to be work together and support particular approaches. The Imperial Guard Lord General's gnarly bearskin shrug and shotgun, for example, will toughen up his turrets and help him tackle crowds of infantry. The Space Marine's snazzy new hat and shield, on the other hand, toughen him up and boost melee damage so he can happily go on hacking enemies to pieces.

Pricing for the DLC has not been revealed yet, though producer Jeff Lydell told GameReplays that it'll be "Purchasable per hero or in a bundle for the whole set." There's no word on a release date yet either. The previous DLC, a purely cosmetic Dark Angels skins pack, cost $7.50.

Presumably the new wargear will also be released for Dawn of War II - Retribution - The Last Standalone, the $10 standalone spin-off of Last Stand mode.


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