Dawn of War II beta deploys Jan. 28

Open multiplayer test for Relic's Warhammer 40K RTS arrives less than a month before full February 23 launch; Soulstorm owners gain one-week head start.

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Earlier this week, Relic Entertainment spooled out the minimum and recommended system requirements for its THQ-published Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II real-time strategy game. Along with the litany of tech specs, the developer also promised an imminent update on the PC-exclusive game's open multiplayer beta test.

True to its word, Relic revealed today that the Dawn of War II open beta will be available through Valve's digital-distribution hub Steam beginning on January 28. Relic also said that it would be rewarding those who purchased the stand-alone Dawn of War expansion Soulstorm, granting owners of Iron Lore Entertainment's final hurrah a one-week jump on the testing period.

According to Relic, the multiplayer beta will include all four of the game's playable races: Orks, Space Marines, Eldar, and Tyranid. Battles will play out across five different multiplayer maps, all set within Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 sci-fi universe. Players will be matched to those of similar ability by way of Microsoft's Games for Windows - Live TrueSkill matchmaking system.

Dawn of War II is slated to arrive for the PC on February 23. Check out GameSpot's recent hands-on with Dawn of War II's multiplayer for an idea of what to expect from the beta.

Discussion

67 comments
ourgang101
ourgang101

great game i thought it looked terrible good gameplay cant wait to get this

pine-apple
pine-apple

4 races??? That's it?? I sincerely hope that there will be dlc for this game. I need my T'au! And what about chaos?? I'll admit, as an actual Warhammer: 40k Tyranid army owner, I've been waiting for the Tyranids to make it to make it to DOW for a long time (the Tyranid mods were OK, though slightly unbalanced), but I almost wonder if this is a step backwards; introducing one new race at the expense of six. Sounds like THQ is lookin' to suck as much money outta this as they can. Not that it matters really....I'll still buy all of it B) DOW RULES!!!!

Eldramesha
Eldramesha

The single player will have certain RPG like elements but from what I've seen it's not really any more an RPG than other hero-centric RTS before it.

MATTH3Wzapa
MATTH3Wzapa

woow that guy down their that said this game is an rpg is an idiot.. ITS AN RTS FFS! but anyway this game wont be like COH man its way better

harley040
harley040

Guys the beta is ok, i hope that they are holding lots of things back. also the game play is alot like COH(to much)

ShinwaOkami
ShinwaOkami

da_post_office, Of course there will be expansions. If they were to include every race the content would be pretty dry. As well the game most likely would not be as entertaining or as decent of a final product at this point. That and it's always nice for them to squeeze more money out of us =P

da_post_office
da_post_office

only 4 races?? why?? will we need more expansions to get the necrons and dark eldar and such?? also, windows live is absolute rubbish... why the hell is it being used as the base of the game's multiplayer??? windows live just tries to make your pc an xbox

HitmanDante
HitmanDante

Majorfoley, "We just recently announced information regarding the beta. Starting January 21, anyone who owns Dawn of War: Soulstorm will get access to the beta one week early. The beta is being hosted on Steam, so Soulstorm owners can go there and input their CD key to get access. Starting January 28, the beta will be opened globally to the public. The beta will feature all four playable races on five different multiplayer maps. "

majorfoley
majorfoley

how will the owners of soulstorm get it one week earlier do we enter our key or something or do we gotta register somewhere?

smc8788
smc8788

@ Owner34 The article clearly states the beta will "include *all* four of the games playable races". Hence it will be exactly the same as the original Dawn of War, meaning many expansions for years after the original release to ensure a steady stream of profit from one game (if I had my cynical hat on). And XP SP2? Pffft. Have you been living in a cave for the last 5 years? Do you still back up all your data to floppy disc? Stop buying VHS and get with the times man.

gobbo00
gobbo00

Nids about time! I wonder if synap creature's will play a part?

TFF_Fatman
TFF_Fatman

This doesnt make much sense to me, as PC Gamer has already reviewed this game -_- how can you review a game before beta testing goes ahead?

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

I'll join this, the first one was awesome!

maxxehdood
maxxehdood

@Owner: If they include all the races (which everyone would like them to) They wouldn't be able to milk us for expansions.. The cold hard truth is they just want our money. On the plus side, you always know there'll be more!

mo0ksi
mo0ksi

I wasn't expecting the full release to be in February, but it just makes me more excited than I already was. Can't wait for the beta.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

i cant wait for this game first one was awesome

itachi100
itachi100

i dont care about a MMORPG for W40k! i just want a RPG, MMOs cost monthly fees!

EvilLlama600
EvilLlama600

@Owner These races are in the demo, more will be in the full game. XP SP2 means Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. If you don't have it, I reccomend you go to Microsoft.com and download it.

Owner34
Owner34

Wait, why rae there only 4 races? Whay happened to all the others? And what is Windows XP SP2, is it different that regular Windows XP?

DDX2
DDX2

potential? a 40k game only has potential to rival a 40k clone?

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

You know, this game has potential to rival SC2 in terms of awesomeness. I might have to get them both this year. :-)

enoslives7
enoslives7

My favorite space marine chapter is the "Ballsacks of the Emperor"

yukikaze8721
yukikaze8721

"When are we going to see a WH40k mmorpg?" i am definitely waiting for this one. years back i saw an article on gamespot that said W40k mmorpg is in working progress. i don't know anything more because theres no news ever since. and when the day it finally comes, i really do hope that it will be a HUGE hit

maxxehdood
maxxehdood

a wh40k mmorpg wouldnt work i dont think.. What the franchise needs is Planetside, but updated and reworked for this universe. an MMOFPS if you will. Same structuring as planetside, with all the factions of 40k.. good vs evil.. with regular fallouts between same-side factions I can imagine being holed up in a camp when a platoon of orks sided with a load of chaos appear.. only to see them turn against eachother in a 3 way war :D

jknight5422
jknight5422

When are we going to see a WH40k mmorpg?

LordInvernus
LordInvernus

My system definitely has more than the recommended so it should look sweet on my 52" LCD. I love Dawn of War.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Still slightly disappointed that they haven't included Chaos but i am defiantly looking forward to this game.

Tyuca
Tyuca

another awesome game is coming!!... yeeaaah!

Forte310
Forte310

lucky i have soulstorm haha... Oh man y are there only 4 playable races...

HufflePuff-TLH
HufflePuff-TLH

Yesss, Pwning time, can't wait Jan 21 with the soulstorm key :) awesoome.

SEEDman_X
SEEDman_X

I think this is going to be a really sick game :-) I respect Relic for continuously supporting their products even long after its release

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

I'd rather play Dawn of War II and Starcraft 2 on PC than stupid Halo Wars on a console that doesn't support keyboard & mouse.

FearMeLess
FearMeLess

@ ChaosStar It's funny because none of the two games have released yet, so how about stfu and wait for the games too release before implying your fanboy trash talk on forums, seriously.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I really liked the first Dawn of War, I'll be looking forward to this one.

Inconnux
Inconnux

game is looking good :) I'll be buying when it hits steam

Azazel005
Azazel005

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MrNib
MrNib

Havent tried Warhammer, will deff give the beta a shot.

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

Im interested in this, except my PC is for sure not up to par. I'll get it in summer.

TrIgGeRHaPpY87
TrIgGeRHaPpY87

Time to get a new PC!!!... :) A better reason than any.

Anthony9000
Anthony9000

ALSO: wewt, no annoying keys to beg for :D

FearMeLess
FearMeLess

I'm defintely downloading the beta version when it goes public.