Chaos Rising in Dawn of War II

First stand-alone expansion to Relic's Warhammer 40K real-time strategy game set for spring release with new single-player, co-op campaigns, playable Chaos Space Marines.

It's not like the forces of Chaos to schedule things in advance, but THQ has it on good authority that the disciples of filth, blood, pleasure, and corruption have penciled in their arrival into the universe of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II. The publisher today announced the real-time strategy game's first stand-alone expansion, Chaos Rising, will arrive under the Games for Windows Live banner in spring 2010.

Don't stare at his stubby arm. He's very sensitive about it.

As the name suggests, Chaos Rising will add the Chaos Space Marines to the game's roster of playable factions, in addition to new units for all the original game's armies and a level cap increase from 20 to 30. For those invested in the original Dawn of War II's Blood Ravens campaign, the Chaos Rising expansion will continue their story in new single-player and co-op campaigns with 20 new missions.

Those who can't wait for more Dawn of War II action can still look forward to next month's free release of The Last Stand cooperative three-player mode. For more on Dawn of War II, check out GameSpot's review.

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84 comments
sennapods
sennapods

So glad we're finally getting a Librarian unit. Would love to see Inquisitor Toth make a cameo as well.

kain1202
kain1202

Chaos is sick, but if they give us deamons of chaos we need deamon slayers like some bloody Grey Knights!!!!!!!

broken-glepnir
broken-glepnir

I would like to see some plague marines in this game. They never seem to give Nurgle any attention.

MPettitt
MPettitt

Imperial Guard are needed to make this game amazing, Leman Russes lead the way Protected by a nice meat shield of gaurdsmen

WillyChong
WillyChong

I think I gonna corrupt them with chaos relics and weapons and end the story. FOR CHAOS!!! Assault Marine Squad Tadeos:"I feel the Warp overtaking me, but its a good pain"

WillyChong
WillyChong

WHAT? Space Marine AGAIN?!? Does Relic ever get bored of them? I already got sick of the long, tedious & boring campaign of those emperor's fanatics. And now they play heroes again? At least give me the Chaos , campaign or Risk type campaign featured in the Dark Crusade. THQ now just give one new faction instead of two...........This gonna cost me! X[

DDERME
DDERME

if thq is gonna make a seperate game for every faction at least they should lower the price of the games i cant spend 900 bucks on a game and its very stupid of them to use steam and windowslive together hope this time they dont use steam

Pilz-E_Uk
Pilz-E_Uk

no chaos campaign that you suck THQ! no thats not true they dont but still....fort chaos should of been in the first instalment not tyranids...

MythagoWoods
MythagoWoods

While I am interested in this, seeing as I love the forces of Chaos, I just pray we aren't stuck with Khorne again. Khorne is so... over used in every kind of Warhammer video game plus he's just plain boring. Now if it focuses on Nurgle then this is a definite interest for me.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

I hope it will deliver a satisfying campaign.

yojimbo2501
yojimbo2501

Cheeseos? Yawn, give us a faction worth playing! LET THERE BE TAU!!!

Asheileon
Asheileon

Hm.... If only they could do a Salamanders campaign.

dragonkris
dragonkris

Too bad it won't have a chaos campaign.

td_tempest
td_tempest

About friggin' time. FOR THE GLORY OF CHAOS!

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

@ mrmoxi i highly doubt the blood ravens would fall from grace if they do i will be really upset b/c thatd would turn them into souldrinkers.. which ISNT COOL (despite sarpadeon being a badass arachna man)

GreyHunter117
GreyHunter117

@ ZeerusX there is a khorne based legions. their called the World Eaters.

qioden
qioden

nice, very nice i cant wait for this to come out... Although im not a fan of Chaos Space Marines, new units are definitely welcomed

Reaperblade03
Reaperblade03

The DARK GODS are a bunch of whimps ( Great Looking Army Though ), pity its just space marines and not chapter divided, caus some chapters are better than the GENERIC space marine army, i.e Black Templars (Most Likely the Biggest Chapter), we dont stand for any psycic BS

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

ha, and the space marines from DOWII thought the Tyranids were bad, they're in for a big surprise. FOR THE DARK GODS!!!!!!!!!! >:-)

sennapods
sennapods

there is no escape from chaos. it marks us all.

Diernes
Diernes

Dawn of war 2 is great, and to the base building naysayers, this is what Warhammer is, there isnt base building in the table top so why should ther ebe here, it is a great action rts with alot of strategy, cant wait for this. You want to play with lego buildings wait for Starcraft. personally I dont care for SC and Ill be waiting with baited breath for this one.

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

Ya know what's freaky? My brother and I totally predicted this! We both agreed that the first expansion would definetly add the Chaos as a playable race, and a new snowy locale. The only thing we got wrong was that we thought Relic MIGHT add the Imperial Guard, since they had unit already in the campaign. O.O Oh well. CHAOS SPACE MARINES!!!!!!!! :)

Jam188
Jam188

i wish they would put tau and necrons in soon :(

ZeerusX
ZeerusX

There not a Khorne based Legion. The Black Legion are Undivided, meaning that some Khorne-esque units might make an appearence (Like fleshhounds) but so will Tzeentchian things like Sorcerors.

RussianRAGE
RussianRAGE

BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!

Misfit119
Misfit119

Gimme, gimme, gimme this thing now! I want some more Dawn of War II content! Give me a reason to revisit the single player mode already, argh! I love this game so much but suck horribly at the online. I want it right now.

mrmoxi
mrmoxi

"don't count on it, a marine would NEVER use a chaos weapon." Actually. There is going to be a Corruption meter in the game, which speculates the Blood Ravens falling to Chaos. I just hope it's not another Khorne game. So sick of Khorne.

warmaster670
warmaster670

"they better damn give me some sweet chaos gear for my marines.. id kill for a chaos power axe or chaos power claws." Dont count on it, a marine would NEVER use a chaos weapon. EDIT: Except maybe the relictors =)

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

they better damn give me some sweet chaos gear for my marines.. id kill for a chaos power axe or chaos power claws.

dubel_07
dubel_07

I loved the Chaos. Khorne Berzerkers FTW

MXVIII
MXVIII

SHARPSHOOTER25 Uh no, Warhammer 40k was all about squad combat, you had maybe two or three squads per game, even a 2000 point battle, if you wanted gear, and surviveability, you had maybe 4 squads max. DOW II was more true to the table top game then its Predecessor, and the story was great. Star craft 2 is coming out soon, there you can go to your base building, and turtling/ zerging.

LeonGameFreak
LeonGameFreak

i don't like the walking lizard much and i think Chaos's Daemon is the best one ! Dark God Rule! (Chaos)

Dethlorne
Dethlorne

At last! For the dark gods!!

Vasot
Vasot

DOW 2 single player sucked but the multiplayer was good. I hope the single player is better this time or else i am not going to buy it

Killingspree303
Killingspree303

I expected Dawn of War 2 to be great, but it sucked. It's ok for those who like to only steer units, but it was fun to create bases, upgrade units and so on in Dawn of War 1. Dawn of War 1 is the best.

blackfray
blackfray

No thanks! i can wait till 2010.

linZerd
linZerd

Where is the Tau army??? We need the greater good!!!

guildclaws
guildclaws

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undershot1
undershot1

IonNerd: You basically summed up everything and more of what I wan going to type in. I also want a cameo of that lovable oath gorgutz.

IonNerd
IonNerd

Great news! Even if this expansion only introduces one new race (as did the first expansion for DoW 1, which only brought in the Imperial Guard), I think that the CSM have a lot of potential. This will be especially true if Relic gives us the full complement of 4 Chaos gods to choose from. Maybe, the CSM could have 4 heroes in multi-player, with each hero worshipping one of the 4 gods? Also, I cannot wait for the story-arc of the Blood Ravens to be continued in single-player. It seems that the Blood Ravens will have to face some unpleasant truths about their dark history and make some tough choices about their future. It would really be very interesting if the campaign had multiple endings - one in which the Blood Ravens remain true to the Emperor and the Imperium, and another in which they turn to Chaos and become a new Chaos Space Marine chapter. If Relic continues the great, character-driven story-telling from the original DoW 2, then I think that this expansion will meet and exceed all expectations...

SoulGamerJames
SoulGamerJames

I'd Say BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD. But the Increase in blood flow im having, would only be good for a God of S##. Don't read too much into this comment. i'm guilty enough as it is.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

@ spartan-1657 the dawn of war classic contains all of the playable 40k armies (omiting deamon hunters which doesnt matter much anyway) incomplete armories of units for them but the list is there dont expect them to pull a few out of the bag of barely worth mentioning such as the jorgalli (race of prosthetic users)

SHARPSHOOTER25
SHARPSHOOTER25

DoW II sucked compared to the first. Warhamer is about hundreds of soldiers fighting and dying. The limited, RPG-esque elements of DoW II really brought the game down.

ScubaSteve01
ScubaSteve01

The Chaos Plot this time: To once and for all rid the Universe of the Blood Ravens' METHAL BWOKSEZ!!!

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

*snore* seen all these races before.... What a shame.

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

Good to hear! But I wish we could see more than one new race. Imperial Guard anyone?