And It’s Hello From The Blood Ravens

By Jim Rossignol on December 5th, 2008 at 8:44 am.


Beyond the jump we have a cracking new character-introduction type trailer for Dawn of War II. It shows off the special abilities of the core units in the space marine chapter, The Blood Ravens. Lots of in-game footage, and some spectacular assault-marine jetpack air-stomps. Getting fairly excited about this game now.

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  1. NuZZ says:

    Can’t wait to pirate this. I mean buy it. What the hell?
    Can’t wait to buy Starcraft 2. I mean pirate it. :o

  2. Ian says:

    I don’t actually think the trailer’s particularly exciting but I’m still looking forward to the game.

  3. Kalain says:

    It looks the same as all the other trailers I’ve seen, but, nonetheless, it is still a game I will purchase on day one… Hell, might even go and pre-Order it.

  4. Junior says:

    Looking forward to this, I’ve been stoked for the Tyranids since the first trailer, nice little video.

    GFWL! NOoOoOo! It won’t be that bad will it?

  5. Nallen says:

    Many an hour will be spent on this, no doubt.

  6. Soviet Travolta says:

    “Together you are The Blood Ravens, Defenders of Man” ‘hood?

  7. ChaosSmurf says:

    lack of Chaos is =| but it’ll still be worth the money, inevitable expansions and all that

  8. Dizet Sma says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like the Starship Stormtroopers Space Marines?

    Still, I’ll probably buy it, just to see how leet those Tyranids really are…

  9. Alex says:

    hmm… me likes far better than the other vids. I like the “torn out of action” shots. The game still has to prove its worth. (and again bolters, that sound like machine guns… I don´t get it)

  10. Radiant says:

    Nice; I’m looking forward to it.
    Pretty interested in an RTS with no base building and no clicking hot key frenzy. Now to find where I can buy Panzer 1 and 2.

  11. pkt-zer0 says:

    DoW2 continues to be underwhelming for me. With the smaller scale I expected a RTT game along the lines of Ground Control, but instead it seems we’re getting a RTS with much of the S chopped out and not a lot of T to take its place.

    But it still has SPESS MEHRENS, that automatically boosts the game’s quality by a bit, I guess.

  12. marko2te says:

    Am I the only one that thinks that Space Marines are [not very good], ill take Imperial Guards anytime.

  13. FP says:

    Nice, makes me want to go play Chaos Gate (if only I could get it working).

  14. spd from Russia says:

    hope they keep the pause mode from dow/coh

    only bad thing there is gamesforwindows shit in the end

  15. runab0ut says:

    Slightly miffed that no one’s gonna say “those metal boxes!” in this sequel (expansion please!? *wink* wink* wink*)

    Honestly, I’m more worried about on how MP will work out (balance/pacing/etc) than the RPG-esque direction they took in SP. PR’s so focused on single player…

  16. cliffski says:

    yes yes yes…but when is company of heroes 2 getting done?

  17. Larington says:

    Space Marines have gotten really stale for me, interest is fading away somewhat.

  18. theleif says:

    @marko2te

    Are Space Marines happy? They seem pretty gloomy and defatist to me.

  19. wcaypahwat says:

    You’d be pretty grim too, if there was only war… :)

  20. Alex says:

    I´d so much like to see a 40k FPS. (naa… not Firewarrior, a real one). Got to be brutal, squad based, tactical, darkish, gloomy, heroic, multiplayer and brutal, brutal and brutal. Did I say brutal?

  21. Jochen Scheisse says:

    Didn’t we recently have a trailer on RPD that showed off how the new Relic 40K FPS looks like? It had everything you were talking about, except squad based, I think. And it looked like a console only, but that’s just me assuming things.

  22. Dan Harris says:

    Now I too want a sniper rifle the size of a kayak.

  23. Duke Goosington IV says:

    Needs more anybody but the godsdamn space marines. Come on, give us some orks or something, please. Still, I found the snippets of the level layouts a lot more interesting (so much more terrain than the previous previews to mess about with) than the characters themselves, since space marines only come in one character and I’ve already PLAYED dawn of war 1.

  24. Frans Coehoorn says:

    Interesting, but give me Company of Heroes any day.

  25. Alex says:

    @Jochen Scheisse

    Wasn´t that Space Marine with stupid talk like “orchestrating the ballet of death”? I pass on that one. Looked like BloodRayne in Power Armour. Yes, it was pre beta but dude… they used the bolter as a torch in that presentation… ugh… ;)

  26. Doctor_Hellsturm says:

    God i wish the Blood Ravens would go away already. They’re not even a real chapter (fluff letdown). All it would have cost them was changing the color scheme and they could have crammed a much richer setting in there. I don’t care about SP anymore, give me info on the skirmish! That is where the meat is!

  27. Dizet Sma says:

    @ Doctor_Hellsturm

    None of the chapters are real, man.

  28. Alex says:

    @Jochen Scheisse

    Or did I miss anything…? Linky pleez.

  29. Jochen Scheisse says:

    Yes, orchestrating the ballet of death was dumbsome. But it’s probably your best shot at a W40K FPS in the next time, and Relics other games are all pretty ok. All RTS though, no FPS I knew of.

  30. Alex says:

    I imagine something like Brothers In Arms for Imperial Guard or Space Marines… but without the tiresome “covering fire and flank” gameplay. More straight forward. With lots of expendable grunts, SMarines pulling the shit and A LOT of death and carnage. And bolters that behave like bolters.

  31. Dodomaster says:

    Please do not pirate this, or else they won’t make these cool games anymore:(.

  32. Jigglybean says:

    i cant wait for this one!

  33. kabutor says:

    I cant wait for this to be released, and you know, with Microsoft Live! and some DRM you can have a hell of a launch..

  34. Alex says:

    and hell… imagine some pre-release patches and and and… borked multiplayer… I´m so excited.

  35. cyrenic says:

    I can’t figure out if they’re making the game more like Diablo (all the stuff about items gave me pause) or keeping it close to a Company of Heroes type game. Or if the hero units will make it like Warcraft 3.

  36. Heliocentric says:

    They are making single player into a not rts. Which is fine as rts single player is never as fun as rts multiplayer in the same game. Them abandoning the luggage native to multi from single is an interesting move. Defence of canentan is my favourite single player rts level ever i played it dozens of times. So i’ll trust them, just shut up and make the game. People bitch about relic having issue balancing clearly not understanding the complexity of that kind of asymetrical system. You even need to balance considering the capacity of human memory and reflex vs reaction. A monster of a job. Glad they do it.

  37. Frosty840 says:

    You know, as I see more and more of these trailers, it’s becoming ever more likely that the game will actually release with the same appallingly shitty voice-acting that we heard in the original trailers, which I personally thought was just the devs having a laugh with recording crappy samples.
    This just seems so out-of-character for Relic, who have mad utterly marvellous voice acting in all of the games of theirs that I’ve played.

    Shame. :(

  38. Thaine says:

    The guy who voiced Cyrus sounded familiar.

  39. Frans Coehoorn says:

    I kind of liked the “Luitenant Grüber and his little tankie” voice overs in CoH. Not really convincing, but it sure was fun to hear the Germans chatter in fake German accents.

  40. Tei says:

    What make Space Marines awesome?, hordes, destroying a citys the size trantor monday, and cleasing a world the size of jupiter tuestday.

    With the 40K canon, theres a war the size of the whole galaxy, and beyond the lifespan of any individual. So theres no hope to see a peace, only war.

    I think this game is good, but it will feel like a “infantry only” mod for Command Conquer. Space Marines could give a lotsa more than that.

  41. cyrenic says:

    @Thaine

    The guy voicing Cyrus is Steven Blum. He’s done a LOT of voice work in video games:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Blum

    It seemed like he voiced everyone in Doom 3 ;)

  42. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Also, the G-Men in Psychonauts.

  43. Sid Clayman says:

    This looks quite fun but I’m not convinced by the mythology / fictional setting

    Really I just want Homeworld 3

  44. Winterborn says:

    We are! poor voice actors~!

    Also, I’m a longgggggg way from a GW purist or even fan, but I did once have many friends who were into it and it’s mildly staggering that 1] they’ve chosen to make their own chapter when some much more interesting ones are available and 2] made space marines sound like a bunch of pansies.

  45. Oddtwang says:

    Pffft! It has nothing on StarCraft 2!

  46. Noc says:

    I am unnerved by the lack of Terminators in this video.

    And I think we’ve seen Dreadnaughts before, too? And some of the Tyranids get pretty huge, so it makes sense that they’d have vehicles, too. But even as just an “infantry” trailer, Terminators seem to be suspiciously absent.

    Hmm.

  47. Jochen Scheisse says:

    It wouldn’t be too surprising that in this game, because your SM squads level up, breaking some XP or level barrier will grant them access to Termie armor.

  48. Erlam says:

    I’d absolutely love a remake of Chaos Gate. I still play that game, when I can figure out how to get it working, hah.

  49. MacrosPrime says:

    Yesh. Chaos Gate ftw

  50. Aftershock says:

    It seems to me that they haven’t pinned down the character of the Force Commander yet, and who he is and how he acts etc, which would explain why they left out his little line in that trailer.