THQ pounding out two Warhammer 40K sequels in 2007?

Source: The finale of the expansion pack Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade. What we heard: This week, the few hardcore PC gamers who already bought, played, and finished Dark Crusade were treated to a tantalizing teaser. When players complete their conquest of the planet Kronus in...

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Source: The finale of the expansion pack Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade.

What we heard: This week, the few hardcore PC gamers who already bought, played, and finished Dark Crusade were treated to a tantalizing teaser. When players complete their conquest of the planet Kronus in campaign mode and the credits roll, the game cuts back to an outer-space shot of the blue planet where all the action took place. Then the camera slowly pans backward to reveal another dusty-looking planet that appears to be wracked by warfare, with explosions popping up all across the surface. The slow pan continues further along to show yet another, reddish planet, where fighting also seems to be taking place. The screen goes dark and in big block letters, "2007" appears.

The postcredits sequence implies that, at the very least, an expansion to Dawn of War will be released next year, perhaps combining the series' trademark real-time strategy battles with some sort of space-exploration element. This would certainly make sense in the context of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, in which multiple warring factions are always vying for intergalactic supremacy. Some have taken that the shot shows two planets as a sign that THQ and Warhammer developer Relic are readying not just one, but a pair of expansions--or possibly even sequels--to Dawn of War.

The official story: "That's awesome that you guys finished the game! Unfortunately, we aren't currently announcing anything, as Dark Crusade just shipped...Feel free to speculate!"--THQ rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that THQ is readying at least one Dawn of War product. And, given that the original Dawn of War and the Winter Assault expansion have sold more than 260,000 units to date combined (according to the NPD Group), a second expansion also seems likely.

Discussion

109 comments
MonkeyBuns
MonkeyBuns

i cant wait till dawn of war 2 comes out it looks a lot better and is bloodier

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

260,000 units to date? Is that right? Seems really small.

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

sweet I just got Dark Crusade recently and I love it I don't really care if its a expansion or sequel, but if its a sequel I hope they use the Company of Heroes Engine

ambro1989
ambro1989

what ever it is, more games of the same theme and quality wil be great

Boriquasoljah19
Boriquasoljah19

The only thing the people who made Warhammer 40k needs to fix is to add a hell of a lot more population to the game more soldiers in the 40k world is better and add the rest of the races after that the game would be perfect

Boriquasoljah19
Boriquasoljah19

The only thing the people who made Warhammer 40k needs to fix is to add a hell of a lot more population to the game more soldiers in the 40k world is better and add the rest of the races after that the game would be perfect

Ironwulfen
Ironwulfen

All of the expansions have been great so far! I can't wait for another expansion or pissible a sequel? There's so much room for expanding in the fluff, so keep them coming! :D

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

another sequel? and i still have to play the dark crusade :p

KHOG
KHOG

Warhammer 40k is the best thing to hit PC in a long time. I look forward to new races but mostly NEW UNITS for existing races. For one thing the chaos space marines definitely need more vehicles to choose from. Space battles sound awesome but eldar are gonna smoke all in that realm of combat, and titans may be too massive even on this level of graphics to display fully given thier like 30 story height.

Omihalcon
Omihalcon

i likes da warfare yes indeedy...IN THE NAME OF THE EMPEROR... FINISH THIS!!

mignol
mignol

hey how about titans?

ghostchessy
ghostchessy

seen it this rumor is true there is a clip!

NateRes
NateRes

I thonk that a sequel would be reat. They should put airraft and space battles in the sequel. The new race should be Tyranids. Hopefully they'll put in Daemon/ Witch Hunters and Dark Eldar too. I think that they could continue the original soryline of Warhammer 40,000 the original. Hopefully it will continue and have Gabriel Angelos and Inquisitor Mordecai Toth destroy Khorne. I think that the Emperor should be able to be in battles somehow as an insanely powerful god that puts Bloodthirsters, Avatars amd Squiggoths to shame. The Horus Heresy would also be a good setting.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

I want to see a portable version on the DS or PSP. Not an rts though, more of a turn based affair but just as bloody. And yes, if they really can't do the 'nids for DOW, it may be time for a sequel. I think they should do the Inquisition the same way they do the Tau. Choose in game between Demonhunters, Witchunters, and Xenoshunters.

a_tiger101
a_tiger101

is there any where to buy book of dawn of war story ?? i think the writer of dawn of war story should publish it in book ..

f134ko
f134ko

Why not? There are plenty of armies in Warhammer 40K. Lots of different type of armies. Never be boring. Interesting characters. Nice design. Can I work with you? I want to :D :D :D

warmaster91
warmaster91

omg i want dire avengers and hawks. ppl relly need to read the posts. THEY CANT DO NIDS................ DAMMIT

Lyten
Lyten

you know, i heard most game companies make money one promotion or some sort, so maybe they making money on somthing else? just guessing here

Surge_Butcher
Surge_Butcher

STOP SAYING TYRANIDS! IT WONT HAPPEN! It's not possible to do them with the engine the game uses, you people arent listening... They're not going to try to make a race that they know they cant just because the people want it. They DO have lots of other races to choose from.. Though, yeah, kinda gotta agree with cornholio. I took a skim through the nid codex and from what i saw, its not possible to do nids cause of the engine. Another reason for the likely absence of nids in the future is because of their digestion pools or whatever theyre called.. i mean, if THQ made anything even similar to the effect of them, then the nid player would basically be able to turn anything at all he killed into more nids. And no one even THINK about saying "well, maybe they wont put the pools in..!", because without the pools there wouldnt even BE nids. And i totally agree with cornholio on his quote " If the nids were added, then it would just be another hopeless Starcraft clone." Think about it, people.

linknightshade
linknightshade

I personally would love to see 'nids since fans have been "screaming blue murder" for them for ages. I am a Blood Angels player but would love to see a genestealer tear a Space marine in half ...Ooooooh... Then again maybe would need an upgrade of GFX for that from each Genestealer like 'KilledbyNecropsy' mentioned... who else is there... Imperium already has Marines and Guard, Witch Hunters and Daemonhunters is overkill ((to me))... DEldar are getting a make-over... maybe to be released in cahoots with a new DoW expansion :o... RT: Signing Off

MXVIII
MXVIII

So wait wait wait...Winter assault wasnt an Exspansion to dawn of war?

kknd22
kknd22

Dark Eldar are being reworked by GW so their not likely to come out before then. Inquisition would make for an intresting option, but rough to implament. Nid's just wont happen without a sequal, so we get one! yay. BattleFleet Gothic would make for an intersting game, but it sohuld definitly not be linked to DOW2. the amount of work that would require would likely detract from the Ground War goodness. but it definitly Deserves its own game. Also, Company of Heros IS going to influence DOW2, you can count on that, No one in the RTS industry who hasent done much work on their current project is going to ignore its influence.

KilldbyNecropsy
KilldbyNecropsy

I believe I heard somewhere that they would not add the Tyranids to DoW because the current graphics engine would not do them justice. Still have the good ole' Dark Elder and perhaps the Witchhunters to arrive on scene, maybe even some more Grey Knight (Daemonhunter??) units. I myself cannot wait.

Darkthunderz
Darkthunderz

I believe it might be on the Company of Heroes engine. I wonder how everything will look like...

antedilluvian
antedilluvian

Since THQ-Relic lost Homeworld brand, and want to develop (hopefully) a space-battle-themed game, they are probably developing a Warhammer 40K game which should be obviously Battlefield Gothic. If that's true, it is unnecessary to wait for Homeworld 3:))))

halox2020
halox2020

Hope that its one new expansion but battle on two new planets and i hope that the will included the remaining races like Daemonhunters, Witchhunters, Tyranids & Dark Eldar, and hope that all will be well balanced.

yohgun
yohgun

YEAH GO RELIC!! LOVE YOUR GAMES RELIC! WOOT!

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

Hell YEAH! :D "Feel free to speculate!" you say? Ok! My speculations are that: - there will be two more expansions (although I would like to see only one, but bigger) - Relic Online will be implemented - Daemonhunters, Dark Eldar, Tyranids and Witch Hunters will be added (probably grouped in pairs for each add-on) - old fractions will have new units (like, for instance, Eldars can get: Dire Avengers, Striking Scorpions, Wraithguards, Swooping Hawks, Shining Spears, War Walkers and...many more ;) ) - new race-specific buildings will be added (like, for instance, entrenchments, blockades, monoliths or other that will give bonuses to unit defence rate or something in this sense) - the "Total-War-type" tactical gameplay element will be further developed (maybe by adding space battles based on the Battlefleet Gothic system?) - Relic will make some changes in the gameplay system so the game will get a dose of freshness. Anybody got some other ideas? ;)

zsolt2007
zsolt2007

YYYEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS thank you GOOOODDD , i cant wait for the Tyranids and my favorite Daemonhunters , cant wait for Terminator Grey Nights , i just finished the game with space marines(Glory to the emperor) and i went crazy when i sau that video after credits PS: i didnt read all the comments but i saw pieman2906 comment and i agree , i know the univers of warcraft if old but the Warhammer univers is from the 80's PPS: i hope they put bikes and diversiti betwen Chapters

Entropy12
Entropy12

qiwihead, I've actually heard of something on the order of 1.5 million + from Tranj. 260k for DoW and WA combined would put it at roughly half of what Homeworld sold, which from my experience, is blatantly untrue. Besides, most games don't even make a profit anyway.

UberJumper
UberJumper

My money's on online persistant conflict through Relic Online (that'll be integrated into Dawn of War to replace the gamespy matchmaking sometime in the nearish future). But that's just a guess.

Grail279
Grail279

AWESOME !!!!!! Can't Wait Loved the Campaign Mode ... Relic has done it again !!!! ........

anand1
anand1

y every1 obsessed with tyranids i meen there good but the DOW engine cant have em plus they can create DOW 2 or sumin and add witch hunters and daemon hunters and dark eldar. Go Necrons!!!

pieman2906
pieman2906

and Cornholio89, Star Craft was a rip off of warhammer 40k, Star Craft was initially meant to be a warhammer 40k RTS, but games workshop and blizzard had a falling out... so instead of dumping the games (warcraft 1 and starcraft as we know them today) they ditched the warhammer title and based them on a similar universe just without the copyright.

pieman2906
pieman2906

PredatorPR, have you not heard of Battlefeild 40k... a warhammer 40k mod for BF2? they're actually going along quite nicley with the project yea... battlefeild 40k looks like a really decent mod... ive only seen Tau units but they look awesome!!!

necrolok
necrolok

Nids a Cometh ? One can only hope. I use them in tabletop 40k

hub0
hub0

tyranids will come, they will rock! I'm still a loyal follower to C'tan though

Agent_Orang_
Agent_Orang_

IF they build it around a souped-up version of CoH, they could have the full sequel done by '07, no problem. At this point an expansion pack would have to include all the things listed above to be worth it, since the remaining two 40k armies are officially not happening (last I heard). My money is on full sequel, hopefully by late summer, probably october again, Tyranids very definitely appearing right out of the box.

swk2000
swk2000

IMO They need to change a few things. I loved Dawn of War, still play it, but theres just something missing. Company of Heroes I enjoyed loads too, and it seemed to have something Dawn of War didnt. Soldiers moved into cover and the enviroments were so detailed. Dawn of war lacked detail, even the boards I play on have more scenery... I'd also like to see variation in the units, besides colour. Lets have the Marine Tactical Squads take on the characteristics of what you give them, I want my Space Wolves to be Space Wolves... If they were to twiddle those finer things... Id love it more and cry myself to sleep with tears of joy ^_^

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Sounds cool enough, I guess.

zreneau
zreneau

I think maybe we're finally going to see Battlefleet Gothic make an appearance. And, dare I say it, Tyranids!

gaggle64
gaggle64

It's Tyranids. It's got to be surely. The entire gaming community and WH40K fan base has been screaming blue murder for it since the first game.

Cornholio89
Cornholio89

Its a possibility the next expansion may take place on Mars, for thouse who dont know, Mars is a key planet in the 40k serise, basicly its a huge machine world in the 41st millenium. Although I could be wrong since none of the Races of 40k have come close to our solar system (exept Necrons) in a while. O and they cant add Tyranids, thyre ugly and they will screw up the game engine because of their vast numbers, therefore lagging up the game all of the time. Secondly, Tyranids really have no structures, they drop out of the sky in spore pods and infect organisms with their deadly spore therefore spawning other Tyranid organisms. Plus if they added them the Dawn of War serise will become a hopeless Starcraft clone.

Lee1987
Lee1987

A sequel will be the smartest way to catch the attention of us all