Relic are making Dawn of War 3 for release in 2017. Trés excite. What we have about the strategy game so far is a press release and a CG trailer, but if there's one game that's allowed to reveal itself via silly computer generated bombast, it's probably this one about an endless galactic war. Look at the satisfied war face above, then hop below to watch the trailer and see if you feel similarly.
Unlike most inevitable sequels, there's no clear blueprint for Dawn of War 3 due to the first two games being so different. From the release, it sounds as if Relic are aiming to honour both, saying that the game "combines the epic scale of Dawn of War, with the customization and elite heroes of Dawn of War II." It's not clear what that really means, but base building is making a return after being excised from the sequel.
"Dawn of War III immerses players in the escalating brutality of galactic warfare, where they will lead elite hero units and colossal armies to victory, or oblivion," continues the press release. I wouldn't normally quote this stuff but it suggests Relic might be attempting to capture the differences in scale that often get lost when WH40K is translated to a top-down strategy game. "Powerful super-walkers will tower over the front lines as screen-shaking assaults blister the battlefield in an all-out, over-the-top spectacle worthy of the iconic Games Workshop® Warhammer 40,000 universe."
The trailer above obviously contains the spectacle and nothing else, although the release also confirms that the races shown are the three the game will focus on: Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks. Here's hoping the Tyranids aren't a pre-order bonus.
This isn't the first public mention of Dawn of War 3. That was way back in 2011, when Relic were still owned by the now departed THQ. It's likely safe to assume little of that original plan remains.