Bloody Hell: Dawn Of War II – Retribution’s Surprise DLC

There might be no sign of any Dawn of War III – come on come on come on come on – but new-ish Relic owners Sega seem determined not to let the beloved Warhammer 40,000 strategy series lie entirely fallow. Last month they put out a new map for the first Dawn of War and today, four years after its original release, Dawn of War II – Retribution [official site] just received new, paid DLC. It’s loosely Hallowe’en themed, but it’s Only War enough in its own right to be good all year round.

The £1.59/$1.99/€1.99 DLC is named The Ridiculously Bloody Blood Pack, which “significantly increases the frequency and size of the in-game blood effects.” That’s, uh, kind of a lot to pay for new splatter effects, but Sega do have form here, having done similar with the last couple of Total War games too (that’s been to let the games get lower ratings, officially). Here, look at all this blood:

Seems a bit OTT? By which I really mean, “seems a bit 40K?”

You can grab the pack from Steam here.


  1. theblazeuk says:

    Blood for the Blood God!


  2. rumtotinggamer says:

    Releasing paid DLC for a couple year old game is a bit in vein..

  3. Jay Load says:

    Blood Plasma cannons?

  4. Mezmorki says:

    I’m waiting in vein to see what news they will bleed out next.

  5. SupahSpankeh says:

    Hi people that like 40k.

    For those contemplating buying the game, or even with a passing interest in the IP, please let me direct your attention towards Elite Mod.

    Y’see, Sega/Reric stopped patching this game years ago, and left it with several notable balance issues and bugs. Elite Mod goes some way to addressing these imbalances, as well as resolving the bugs and adding maps.

    There are currently twice the number of Elite Mod players as vanilla DoW players. I strongly recommend you play Elite Mod if you want to play it online.

    Recommended YT vids: anything by Indrid Casts.

    Great way to see how well Elite Mod works, and learn the basics of the game.


  6. JamesTheNumberless says:

    Eh, looks more like it obscures the existing animations and effects rather than adding anything new that you’d actually want. Probably done so that people remember Dawn of War II exists and maybe pick it up if they’re 40k/RTS fans who skipped it the first time around… Then again, I’m more a follower of Tzeentch, we don’t need silly chants about blood, we have that power ballad by Scorpions.

  7. Orageon says:

    Here I was hoping for a new hero DLC and maybe map, for The Last Stand, which is the only bit I still play sometimes with friends… ridiculous.

  8. HigoChumbo says:

    It’s ridiculous to charge 2€ for a particle effect that probably took them an evening to implement.

    They could have at least had the decency of adding new gore animations or something.

    SEGA is a joke.

  9. Syra says:

    I think it’s lame they are charging for something which makes the game worse. With all the massive blood ‘splosions on things taking damage you can clearly not see your units anymore. Would make perfect sense if a thing died to have a nice puff of blood but for all damage? It’s a bit dumb…

  10. racccoon says:

    Blood..It Needs to stay a while and listen.
    It dissipates far to quickly.

    • klops says:

      I always wonder why blood isn’t used better. Like in this, the dlc is all about blood. Blood that splooches in the air and vanishes. Why not leave it on the ground?

      Total Wars are another example. You have beautiful fields of snow and sand and even grass that could be darkened with blood. But the surface is all clean expect the pretty bodies littering it. If the machine handles bodies on the gorund, it should handle blood effects on it too.


  11. socrate says:

    Sega love selling these dumb blood DLC…Shogun and now this…they both look horrible and made by a student that failed its class and yet got hired for some unknown reason…Sega you became a company i absolutely hate..why are japanese company so out of touch with gamer?

  12. jalf says:

    Wow, people sure are taking this awfully seriously.

    It’s a couple of bucks for a fun and silly visual gimmick in an old game they’re no longer actively developing.

    You don’t have to buy it.

    Making a silly little bonus thing in a game most people no longer care about is hardly capital treason, is it? They’re making a little surprise thing for a game they’d otherwise do nothing about. Lighten up.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      In the same vein, they could have made this free dlc. Or, perhaps, they could have chosen to not make this at all and instead focus on something more substantial.

      I do take this seriously as this might not bode well for the Dawn of War franchise in the future now Sega have laid their grubby hands on it.