Relic staffing Dawn of War community team back up; DoW3 coming soon?

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All things on the Dawn of War front have been pretty quiet as of late, but with the second expansion for COH2 out and E3 on the way in the coming months, the following update just got posted on Steam:

Relic said:
Hello, fans! I wanted to take a quick moment to address our Dawn of War community and provide an update for you all!

First off, I'm very happy to announce that a minor patch that will be going out today. This update addresses a few technical issues, corrects some statistical anomalies and adds minor button functionality to our automatch completed game page.

In addition to this update, we also wanted to let everyone know that we will be building out our community team this year. We've shrunk in size here at Relic - from three people to one - and recognize that we need more assistance to better serve our Dawn of War community! We ask our fans for patience during this time, and are looking forward to introducing you to new staff as they come on!

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We look forward to a bright year for both the Dawn of War 1 and Dawn of War 2 communities!


Timing feels right. Am I being too optimistic?
 
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Timing feels right. Am I being too optimistic?
Not at all, it seems like Sega and Games Workshop are both happy to get more aggressive with the Warhammer brand, so it makes sense that Dawn of War III would be Relic's next big project. IIRC actually intended to start working on it shortly after the last DoW II expansion, it got shelved at some point when their focus shifted to CoH2.
 
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It'll be interesting to see if SEGA allows Relic to properly polish their game. The last Total War game is a total clusterfuck of horrible glitches and bugs that made you wonder how they could have possibly made it past any halfway competent QA testing.
 
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I picked up Dawn of War 2 in the recent Humble sale. It's fun but I think I'm too early to say anything about the game. It looks to have potential but so far is just a light Warcraft III for me. Lucky for them Warcraft III is my heroin.
 
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Cool. I was not a fan of DoW2 at all but maybe I'll like this one. I'm mainly just afraid that they've learned all the wrong lessons from COH2, namely that DLC is great and everything should be DLC, and that all your fans will still buy the game even if you don't ship it with basic features like game lobbies, server browsing and fucking competitive ladders (CoH2 ladders are maintained by fan site).
 
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Cool. I was not a fan of DoW2 at all but maybe I'll like this one. I'm mainly just afraid that they've learned all the wrong lessons from COH2, namely that DLC is great and everything should be DLC, and that all your fans will still buy the game even if you don't ship it with basic features like game lobbies, server browsing and fucking competitive ladders (CoH2 ladders are maintained by fan site).
Keep in mind they did even more DLC for DoW2: Retribution than they did for CoH. If anything, they seem to have toned things down.

That said, if the past murmurs of full army customization are true, I suspect a shit ton of vanity options (and micro transactions) for online multiplayer.
 
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I really enjoyed the direction they went with DoW 2 but I wouldn't mind going back to base building either. Whatever route they choose (assuming DoW 3 is actually a thing), keep the quality up and I'll keep buying.

I should really dedicated some time to play Dawn of War (2) again.
 
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I preferred the first DOW to DOW2 in terms of multiplayer, mechanics, base building, listening posts, and overall gameplay. I found the constant retreating and capturing points in DOW2 to be not my thing, though I understand many people like that style of gameplay.

I liked what they did with the DOW2 campaign with the RPG elements and the fact that you could play it co-op. And I really hope if DOW3 happens that they flesh out last stand - more maps, randomized waves, more gear, more heroes.

The only thing that bugs me is what happened with THQ and the subsequent release of Company of Heroes 2. Relic had some pretty big layoffs and went through a lot of staff turnover as THQ was circling the drain, and COH2 was the first release after that change. I found it to be underwhelming and uninspired, and I really hope that this was because of all the turmoil and isn't representative of how DOW3 might end up.

Hopefully Sega staffs the studio properly and invests appropriate resources, and we get a decent game in the end.
 

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Three things that I want:

1) Persistent armies in multiplayer.

2) Difficult choices when creating said persistent armies.

3) My Space Marine army should be different from my friend's Space Marine army.

As great game as Dawn of War was, I'm not sure if Starcraft clone with WH40K theme is what I want now. It would be cool to have highly customisable armies, which carry on from one multiplayer match to another.

I suppose it would be similar to Mortal Kombat X, in which you can have two different Scorpions with different play styles in a single match. Maybe in DoW 3 your choice of hero or faction could determine what sort of army you have. Persistent armies to which players could get attached to would greatly enhance the longevity of the multiplayer.
 
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Would you guys want a new DoW in the style of 2 or 1? I liked 2 but I also miss the huge battles and campaigns of 1 and it's expansions.
I'm a bit of a traditionalist for the few RTS games I do play, so I'd really prefer something closer to 1. The basebuilding side of the game was fine and DoW 2 pared it back too much for my liking.
 
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I've only played Dawn of War 1, is 2 worth it? I've looked into it a little, and I know that the style of game is very different, but is it a good game in its own right.

I would still hope that this third game is like 1 on a bigger scale.
 

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2 because I liked the idea of few squads of badasses with no base for backup wading into enemy territory and taking names. Plus there are not any games I feel are like DoW 2. Also coop.
 
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While I personally preferred the 2nd one to the first I will be happy either way. Good(hopefully) RTS titles are few and far between. I really hope this gets announced this year.
 
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I wonder where they'd go with a third Dawn of War. Whether they go back to its roots or continue to change up the game, I'd give it a try. Once Dawn of War 3 is out, it'll only be a matter of time before Space Marine 2. Right?
 
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I'm in the minority, but Dawn of War 2 had better multiplayer than DoW1. I played a ton of it and played a decent amount of Elite mod, and I'd rather have meaningful skirmishes, which is what the lack of base building provided. Having to get your resources on the field meant you were forced to confront your opponent from the beginning and had to feel out how they were going to build their army. Yeah there was grabbing points in DoW1 also, but having power out on the field meant you had to be really mindful of your opponent genbashing or else you would fall behind early where power was important. While decapping requisition, especially in the late game, was another good way of economic harass.
 
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Interesting that this news comes to pass when I am replaying Dark Crusade. 'Love that game!

I only dabbled in the DOW2 demo, and I didn't like it much. If there is a Dawn of War 3, I'd like a return to the Dawn of War 1 style RTS gameplay.

I'll keep this news on my radar.