To tie in with the early access to the Dawn of War beta kicking off, I wrote up some impressions over at Eurogamer. I had to resist just making Tyranid impressions for my entire word-count, because I'm weak like that. The beta turns open on January 28th, but until then anyone with a Dawn of War: Soulstorm key can play. It's now available at 75% off on steam - so about four quid - which sounds a highly acceptable price for a game we weren't totally enamoured with. (Actually, if you've never played DoW at all, I think for four quid, Soulstorm is where I'd suggest you start, even without the early access stuff). Alternatively, Eurogamer are giving away 3000 (count 'em!) keys at the weekend.
Press release beneath the cut? Sounds about right.
THQ AND RELIC'S WARHAMMER® 40,000T: DAWN OF WAR® II MULTIPLAYER BETA EARLY ACCESS ON NOW
Dawn of War - Soulstorm Now Available on Steam for 75% off
January 20, 2009 -- In celebration of THQ and Relic Entertainment's highly anticipated Warhammer® 40,000T: Dawn of War® II multiplayer beta, Steam is now offering Warhammer® 40,000T: Dawn of War® - SoulstormT for 75% off the suggested price. Anyone with an electronic or retail copy of Dawn of War - Soulstorm and a valid CD key may register their game with Steam and join the early access to the Dawn of War II beta today.
Also beginning today, the full version of Dawn of War II may be pre-purchased via Steam. And on January 28, the beta is scheduled to open to gamers around the world (free of charge via Steam).
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, developed by THQ's internal studio, Relic Entertainment, is a Real-time Strategy (RTS) game set in the grim, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 science fiction universe. Featuring vicious front-line combat, destructible environments, a fully cooperative multiplayer mode, four unique playable races, and a non-linear single player campaign with branching storylines, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II delivers the ultimate sci-fi fantasy RTS experience. The game is scheduled for release on February 19, 2009 for Windows PC, and will be available through worldwide retail and online outlets. For more information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, please visit www.dawnofwar2.com.