Posts Tagged ‘relic entertainment’

Hands On: Dawn Of War III

Last month, I visited Relic at their home in Vancouver. As well as spending a few hours with a single, complete mission from the Dawn of War III [official site] campaign, I had the chance to sit in on short presentations from various members of the team, demonstrating how their own contributions and creativity become part of the bigger picture. There was a lot to absorb, including enough environmental variety to excite the extraterrestrial explorer in me (ruined temples on jungle planets? Yes please), but one series of brief videos stood out, despite containing nothing that hinted at previously unseen planets or units.

The best of the videos used simple shapes to tell me everything I needed to know about the game’s races, and how well Relic understand them.

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Warhammer 40k: Dawn Of War 3 Shows Full E3 Demo

In the grim darkness of the far future, there are only Warhammer posts on RPS. Jim is interred within the Golden Throne, his withered remains a beacon guiding humanity through the darkness of the web. As for Kieron, well… traitors get what they deserve.

Adam has already told you what he chatted about and saw of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III [official site] during E3 in June. But what if Adam’s a heretic? What if he’s under a dark influence? You’ll have to watch the RTS’s E3 demo for yourself, now that Relic have released it in handy YouTube format:

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Dawn Of War 3 Announced: Trailer And First Details

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.

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Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak Gets First DLC

Anyone still playing Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak [official site], our first new Homeworld game in a hundred million years? It may have ditched the spaceships, but it did well at retaining the langorous pace and titanic scale. I had a good time, but I can’t pretend I’ve been back to it since release. Question is whether the first round of DLC is likely to pull distractable quitters like me back in.
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13 Years Late, Relic’s Impossible Creatures Hits Steam

Cast your mind back to March 2002, dear reader, when Valve Software formally announced a weird sort of game-downloading program named Steam. To entice other devs into putting their games on Steam, at the Game Developers Conference they demonstrated Relic’s Impossible Creatures running on it. Well, the genetic engineering RTS came out that year, but it never hit Steam – until today. Nordic Games have dug Impossible Creatures up, revamped it a touch, and released the ‘Steam Edition’.

Valve say, “consumers with a broadband connection can purchase and start their applications faster than if they install them from a CD.” That does sound handy!

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British Invasion: Company Of Heroes 2 Expandaloned

In celebration of the newly-released Company of Heroes 2 [official site] standalone multiplayer expansion I’ve written a poem. Like all good poems it rhymes, except for the part where I use a Spanish word because I ran out of rhymes. This is what gives it an ‘international’ edge and is evidence that I am a citizen of the world and not a bad poet.

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Waaagh! Dawn Of War 3 Rumblings/Hopings

At the very least, Relic are updating their Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War games to add Steam trading cards. That wouldn’t be too exciting. It’d be nice that they – and new publisher Sega, who picked the series up after THQ sank – still care about the series enough to do that, but it’s probably leading up to something, right? DoW 2 and all its gubbins are all on sale right now too.

Watchful eyes also noticed recently that Sega updated the long-held domain Dawnofwar3.com back in March. That isn’t at all conclusive, and I wouldn’t post either of these Dawn of War titbits by themselves, but together? Let’s dare to dream.

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