WH40K: Dawn of War’s Witch Hunters Mod Is Finally Out

Relic are still poking at Dawn of War II, but what about the first of Relic’s Warhammer 40,000 RTSs? Delightfully, modders are still happily working on expanding and revamping Dawn of War, and this weekend saw the release of the Witch Hunters: Adepta Sororitas mod [official site] for DoW: Soulstorm. It adds a new army drawing from the judicial and ecclesiastical arms of the Emperor’s might, from humble space-cops to the terrifying Sisters of Battle.

Witch Hunters is based on a never-finished mod for DoW: Dark Crusade, one that awed folks with its pretty pretty units until development slowed and the mod dropped out of sight, at which point they were left remembering it and wondering what the heck happened. Well, folks have tracked the team down and got permission to resume development. The mod they’ve just released for Dawn of War’s standalone final expansion, Soulstorm, brings the Adeptus Arbites space-cops and Adepta Sororitas warrior nuns together as one army with multiple tech trees. Also, it seems you get to lark about with the Inqusition’s ridiculous murderchair the Throne of Judgement.

You can download the mod over here and will also need the Objective Points mod.

A few months back, Alec mentioned another big Dawn of War mod going round, Ultimate Apocalypse with its honking great Titans stomping around all over the place.

15 Comments

  1. jasta85 says:

    let’s hope SEGA puts some serious thought into reviving this series, or at least a 40k strategy game of some type. Total Warhammer is looking like it’s going to be a major success so it would make sense to put together a decent 40k version.

    • DarkFenix says:

      Even if they did, it’d be some follow up to that abomination of a sequel rather than the first game.

      Or perhaps it’ll happen but they’re having trouble deciding just how much of the game to chop off to sell as DLC.

      • QSpec says:

        I loved both of them, but I much prefer the second.

        The base building portion of the first game felt completely unnecessary.

        I think there’s some definite lessons that DoW3 should take from DoW1 (scope being a big one), but I much prefer they stick to a more DoW2 formula.

        • heretic says:

          They are quite different games. Loved the first one but the second one really didn’t stick with me, not sure if it was the camera controls but something really felt off.

          And the base building in the first one was great! :) but I can see them making sequel for a more hero / ability based game. Maybe they don’t want to compete with a Starcraft style game.

  2. trashmyego says:

    Ug, this just makes me contemplate how much I despise SEGA now. And then I think about the childhood joys of the Genesis or the bliss the Dreamcast brought me. God damnit SEGA, why you do this?

  3. jONES1979 says:

    Dawn of War is not dead!
    The Prove link to youtu.be !

  4. fuggles says:

    How good does this look for an 11 year old game?! Still work being done on this amazing game, the most complete 40k game that will ever be. More mods to follow…

    Dawn of war is still not dead 2;

    • int says:

      Yeeeah! Thousand Sons!

      • pepperfez says:

        GW is preparing to sue that mod’s author, citing its damaging misrepresentation of their brand as one that contains the Thousand Sons in a playable form.

    • Chris Cunningham says:

      By the time DoW debuted pretty much all the big transitions on PC gaming were complete except the move to widescreen and to digital distribution, both of which DoW also coped with in time. DoW came along late enough that Relic could build long-term robustness into the engine.

      If DoW has stood the test of time graphically, then Company of Heroes has transcended it. CoH could have been released yesterday.

      • EhexT says:

        Actually DoW was consistently handicapped by it’s engine. Because it’s the Impossible Creatures engine, itself not exactly cutting edge at the time it came out. It had some neat features few other games could do (such as randomized bits on models, sadly dropped in DoW2) but most of DoW 1 was cludged together with duct tape.

        CoH on the other hand, as you say, was so far in front of the times other RTS games still haven’t caught up, including visually (it’s hilarious to look at SC2 and CoH1 and consider that SC2 came out much later – it looks 5 years older at least).

  5. Zankman says:

    Why not Dark Crusade?

    IIRC Soulstorm was made by a different team and was simply “off”.

    • fuggles says:

      Soulstorm was outsourced to iron lore, who closed promptly after. Relic patched it up and whilst aircraft are still ropey, 2 additional races and engine improvements make it better than dark crusade as the gameplay is unchanged between the two.

  6. manio22 says:

    I want Dawn of War 3 so badly that i am start hearing Horus voice…

  7. roris says:

    Thanks for covering this mod. It’s freaking awesome. The art is just as good as was what Iron Lore did for Soulstorm if not better.