The multiplayer open beta test for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is starting Friday but ugh, waiting! For those who want to see 40K real-time strategy action right now, Relic have released a video of a full 3v3 match with commentary from some of the folks who made the game. They seem to know a thing or two about how it works. The forty-minute match sees Orks, Eldar, and Space Marines all represented on the battlefield in a big ol’ rumble with megaunits and megapowers aplenty. Observe:
Your guest commentators there are game director Philippe Boulle and game designer Carolina Mastretta. Or if watching videos is for “those dang kids”, you can read Fraser Brown’s thoughts after he played.
If you want into the open beta, sling Relic your e-mail address over here and they’ll hurl a Steam key back. Preloading has already started, then the beta will start at 10am PST on Friday and run until 10am PST on Monday the 24th. It’ll have 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 action with all three factions but no AI battles and only three maps and a handful of the elite units and army-customising ‘Doctrines’.
Dawn of War 3 is due to launch in full on Thursday, April 27th.