The Dawn of War franchise, both Dawn of War through to Soulstorm, and Dawn of War II through to Retribution, has been an epic and diverse journey thus far. Relic Entertainment initiated the franchise with Dawn of War; your typical RTS basebuilding platform, but with a sincerely brutal and spectacular edge, which made Dawn of War stand out from the crowd.
Relic Entertainment isn’t afraid of change, as Dawn of War II veered away from its basebuilding heritage (what Dawn of War gamers were all familiar with) and made the game even more of a unique experience. Dawn of War II introduced micromanagement, with not a sniff of basebuilding involved. You would begin a scenario with just your HQ, and you would build and upgrade everything you would need for the battle ahead, with no extra buildings required. Of course, this caused some minor grumbles amongst the original Dawn of War fans, because the change of pace was extreme compared to the usual style of RTS games. But, if you’re open to change, you would enjoy it, as it was fresh and equally as fun as its predecessor in its own way.
Now, THQ core games boss, Danny Bilson, has said that Dawn of War 3 will “have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like.”
As well as the MMO aspect being discussed, Mr. Bilson has also said that the new game will be “preserving some things that have always been great about the first two generations of it, going back to 1 on some things, 2 on some things, and 3 will bring some new things.” That sounds very promising indeed.
If you’re a devotee of the Dawn of War franchise, then you should definitely keep this title under surveillance. However, Dawn of War 3 will not be shipped until sometime between August 2012 and February 2013, so there’s still a long time to go. But this doesn’t come as a surprise, because the game hasn’t even been officially announced yet!