Dawn of War II: Retribution beta opens to preorders Feb. 1

Testing phase for THQ's sci-fi RTS coming online for select few at end of January, Steam prepurchasers next month; window to close February 24.

THQ has already offered gamers one reason to preorder its next Warhammer 40,000 strategy sci-fi title, Dawn of War II - Retribution, through Steam: in-game bonuses for the Ork faction. Now, the recently rebranded publisher has given gamers one more reason to prepurchase the game through Valve's online distribution service, one that is likely to amplify the Orks' Waaagh!

Today, THQ announced the details of Retribution's beta-testing phase, which is scheduled to begin for select Dawn of War community members on January 31. One day later, THQ will invite into the beta program anyone who has preordered Retribution through Steam. On February 8, the beta phase will open up to anyone who has bought an installment in the Dawn of War franchise and registered it through Steam.

This Waaaghboss seems pleased…or irritated. Or perhaps indifferent.

THQ notes that there will be no open-registration phase for Retribution's beta, and invites to the testing window will be sent out automatically. The beta period will run through February 24, and THQ plans to release a day-one patch to incorporate balancing data upon the game's full PC release on March 1.

As for what gamers can expect, the beta test will feature all six multiplayer races, including the new Imperial Guard faction. Also included will be all of the new units being introduced with the game, as well as Retribution's multiplayer maps.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution.

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12 comments
burx
burx

there is dow 3 is set to come out in 2012

ExESGO
ExESGO

7 words: Imperial Frakking Guard and Big Frakking Tanks

wis3boi
wis3boi

Imperial Guard, you are my brothers!

elcheeton
elcheeton

Gabriel Angelos for narrative win

Lostsouls128
Lostsouls128

I just pre-ordered collector's edition from Eb games. Do i get a chance to try beta?

Igrat
Igrat

Heh, I just pre-order collector's edition from play. It will be so epic. A bit expensive but totally worth the money.

alimat
alimat

@ Sammy296 There is no Dawn of War III my man

Sammy296
Sammy296

DOW & DOW II were awsome, and i have all the expansions!! but where the hell is DOW III !!!??

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

Prepurchased about a week ago, looking forward to it

Silver_bLooD
Silver_bLooD

@ roland 123_basic yeah there adding IG even says so in the post "As for what gamers can expect, the beta test will feature all six multiplayer races, including the new Imperial Guard faction. Also included will be all of the new units being introduced with the game, as well as Retribution's multiplayer maps."

Roland123_basic
Roland123_basic

complete fail expansion. no new races... nothing really that interesting. DOW2 has been a huge letdown from the AWESOME DOW original. go back to homeworld or make company of heroes 2 relic.... the DOW series is forgettable.

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

Can't wait. Have to play through "Chaos Rising" just one more time to get back in the swing oif things. One step closer to release.