Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Profile Preview - Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, and the Imperial Guar

Find out more about three of the mighty factions in Dark Crusade and why they're fighting for the planet Kronus.

There's a lot more to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War than just gory, over-the-top, cinematic violence. This real-time strategy game had a lot of strategic and tactical depth to it. Instead of just sitting back in a base, collecting resources, building up a huge army, and swarming your enemies with sheer numbers, Dawn of War forced you to attack early to seize and hold territory. The combat got even more intense as larger and more ferocious units joined the fray. In the upcoming stand-alone expansion, Dark Crusade, the designers at Relic are adding a new strategic campaign to link the battles together. You'll battle for control of the planet Kronus as one of seven Warhammer 40,000 factions, and your goal will be to wipe the other factions off the face of the planet. In earlier previews, we covered the tau, the necrons, the space orks, and the eldar. Now we finish our look by examining the space marines, the chaos space marines, and the Imperial Guard. Dark Crusade will ship later this year.

Space Marines

Brother-Captain Davian Thule.

The elite space marines are genetically modified defenders of the Imperium of Man. Organized in chapters, the space marines forces are often on the front line against the enemies of man. The Blood Ravens, the chapter involved in Dark Crusade, have arrived on the planet Kronus to uncover lost secrets of their chapter. Since the planet is important to the Blood Ravens, the space marines are determined to evict the other factions by force.

Leading the Blood Ravens on Kronus is Brother-Captain Davian Thule. Being a faction hero, Thule can be equipped with war gear, special weapons, and equipment, which are unlocked throughout the course of a campaign. The Blood Ravens have established their base in the artic lands of North Vandea, which is also home to a ruined Blood Raven temple. If North Vandea falls, the Blood Ravens will be forced to flee the planet, and their mission will have ended in disgrace.

Chaos Space Marines

Eliphas the Inheritor.

The chaos space marines were originally space marines thousands of years ago, but they were corrupted by chaos and splintered away from the Imperium. Settling into the Eye of Terror, the chaos space marines have flourished, and they continue to battle the Imperium.

Kronus was one of the battlefields during the brutal civil war, and the chaos champion Eliphas the Inheritor still seeks to conquer the planet. Eliphas is a Black Apostle who seeks the favor of the four chaos gods. He can win that favor by defeating the other factions on the planet, thus avenging an ancient chaos defeat.

The chaos space marine stronghold is on the Deimos Peninsula, a tropical region that has since been corrupted to look like the chaos vision of hell. The forces of chaos have opened a warp gate in Deimos. If another faction can conquer Deimos, the chaos space marines will have no way of reinforcing their position and will have to flee.

Imperial Guard

Governor-Militant Lukas Alexander.

Kronus used to be peacefully shared between the Imperium of Man and the tau empire, but the rise of the soulless necrons on the planet upset the balance of power. The tau began to assert more control, and the Imperium responded by dispatching the Imperial Guard.

The Imperium comprises a million worlds, with a vast population that offers countless recruits to the Imperial Guard. The forces on Kronus are led by Governor-Militant Lukas Alexander and his 1st Kronus regiment, and they seek to make the planet their new home. The Imperial Guard is headquartered in Victory Bay, the old Imperial capital. There the guard recovered the mighty Hellstorm cannon brought to the planet long ago by the techpriests of Mars. However, if Victory Bay should fall, the Imperial Guard will be defeated.

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Deyyhayederaned
Deyyhayederaned

This be so cool cannot wait to get this game, should have the option of diplomacy so you can eventually stab them in the back just like real life hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zennious
Zennious

You do battle the IG however it's because their General is going Crazy and thinking that the Space Marines are not their for the reasons they should be. It's more of a rouge leadership deal rather than the one General representing all of the IG.

sathoon
sathoon

that may be true but it is an easy matter to pretend that the IG have spent the past 10 years taunting the SM and stealing their lunches and now they are offering all those stolen edibles to chaos, SM's of course as you are well aware of; hate chaos in all forms, literally. That or you can just pretend that they are corrputed IG like from the first DOW, albeit a bit stronger than those pathetic excuses for guardsmen in the first DOW!

Silencex
Silencex

that is my question indeed. If you are playing Space Marines, are you then going to battle IG? Sounds unfun & wierd to me.

lucien86
lucien86

Its simple really, the Space Marines see ordinary people and even themselves as totally expendable in the service of the emperor, its not unknown for them to purge (exterminate) the population of a whole planet if there's even a possibility that some of them have been tainted by Chaos. Also in such a vast empire there are many factions that have old grudges and want to kill each other for various reasons - so you can even have Imperial Guard fighting other Guard. Marines are the same as they are only loyal to their own chapter.

DredWulf
DredWulf

after playing DC yes the Space Marines are so after thier relics they ignore and attempt to destroy the IG...for some odd reason it's also sanctioned by the Ordo Mallus *Grey Knights*

davbat400
davbat400

in answer to silenex the imperial guard and the spacemarines are the same race. The spance marines are geneticacly (excuse my spelling) advanced. If you go to the warhammer website you can find out the whole history and background knowledge of all the races here is a quote about the space marines; The Space Marines of the Adeptus Astartes are Humanity's ultimate warriors, dedicated to the defence of the Emperor and the Imperium of Man. They are barely human at all, but superhuman, having been made superior, in all respects, to a normal man by a harsh regime of genetic modification, psycho-conditioning and rigorous training. "They shall be pure of heart and strong of body, untainted by doubt and unsullied by self-aggrandisement. They will be bright stars in the firmament of battle. Angels of Death whose shining wings bring swift annihilation to the enemies of Man. So it shall be for a thousand times a thousand years, unto the very end of eternity and the extinction of mortal flesh." - Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines The imperial guard are just ordnary soilders of mankind which have a lot of guts. Here is another quote it is about the imperial guard; The Imperial Guard is the largest and most diverse organisation the galaxy has ever seen, containing billions of men from a million different worlds, united under the banner of the Imperium of Man. The entire diversity of the massive Imperium is encapsulated in its ranks. Despite its awesome power, however, the Imperial Guard constantly struggles to protect the Imperium from its many enemies. The mighty Tyranid hive fleets batter at the Eastern Fringe, Ork Waaagh!s erupt without warning or pause, the damned Traitor Legions pour from the Eye of Terror hungry for Mankind’s souls, mysterious Eldar raiders strike without mercy, the ancient Necrons sally from their tomb worlds and numerous emergent empires, such as the Tau, rise up to challenge Humanity’s mastery. Against these diverse and often incomprehensible threats, the Imperial Guard pits human resolve and ingenuity in an unending battle with an inimical universe. In the midst of genetically engineered super-beings, alien killing machines, warrior mystics, and technology that approaches sorcery in its sophistication, the Imperial Guard are mere soldiers. Clad in a flak jacket and carrying a lasgun, they have to contend with the most terrifying threats, relying on numbers, massed firepower and a bayonet with some guts behind it. As such it is easy to identify with these brave souls and to see in them the qualities of true heroes. thankyou for reading sorry if it's been too long.

stubbsthe
stubbsthe

Now all we need are Tyranids... my fav

madmartigan117
madmartigan117

I bought Company of Heroes about a week ago and it featured a demo for DOW DC. So I played it and I fell in love. After playing CoH and DoW I went out and bought DoW gold edition. I love RTS games I play CnCgenerals, BFME1&2, AoE, but I really like the feel of the games by Relic, I think I am a fan now. I am still playing around with all the different factions, but so far I think I ike the Emperial Gaurd, and the Space Marines the best. I cant wait to try online when I feel more comfortable with the game. The races are very unique and I love the leaders, Like the Force commander, General Sturn, and my personal favorite The Librarian. Anyway I am ranting, I just I didnt realize these games where so good, I never paid attention to them, but now I will definantly keep an eye out for anything with the Relic logo on it.

joshua4
joshua4

the newer units look sweet !!! GET SOME MORE lol

Silencex
Silencex

one question: arn't the imperial and Space Marines allies? (they where in winter assault

Nessay
Nessay

I think you can play as all seven races in SP and skirmish. Going online with just Dark Crusade means being able to play as Tau and Necron. With DoW and Winter Assault in addition to Dark Crusade, you can play as those races (Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, IG, Eldar, and Imperial Guard) in MP as well.

night_haunter
night_haunter

Time to kick some heretic and xeno a$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bloodnecron
Bloodnecron

it wpuld be cool if you could ugrade your own tanks, thay need is witch hunters, finish the deamonhunters, and dark eldars.

alenfishman
alenfishman

heh, dark eldars, that would be cool, but its allready done, pritty much the marines and the dark marines (chaos) honestly, like waw think about 7 races. and there not like slightly different, they are all pritty much different in most ways. 7 totaly different races, most i have ever seen. can't wait. im gona pick up a copy on my way home from school today.

bigelf72
bigelf72

Now all they need is Dark Eldars....

lilsoldja
lilsoldja

All i know is i'm gonna play the hell oudda the glowy green alien race and the other one with the beasts and stuff, its gonna be really fun, cant wait.

alenfishman
alenfishman

this is a "stand alone" expansion, so that means you dont need the other games to play this game. so it doesnt matter if you dont have the other games. you should be able to still pick any race. because then it wouldn't be a stand alone game if you need the other games to play the races.

Binzen
Binzen

I already knew, Damnation. I was just "reminding" pieman. ;^Þ madmartigan (I love Willow, by the way) if you have only DC you'll only be able to play Necron an' Tau online. As for skirmish, I'm not sure.

nirvana471
nirvana471

all i know is that chaos dude looks sick and the game looks sick and i just pre-order it :D

madmartigan117
madmartigan117

Ok, are you guys saying only Tau and Necron for online? So l wouldnt be able to use the other factions in Skirmish mode either?

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Yes Binzen if you only have this expansion you CAN play all races in the Singleplayer Campaign. And Yes you can only play with Necron and Tau in Multiplayer if you only own this expansion. I think I just awnsered the most asked question about Dawn or Ward: Dark Crusade lol :-P

Nolan-gamer
Nolan-gamer

This games looks amazing and i cannot wait to play it online lol i will look forward to writing a review

Binzen
Binzen

pieman, you mean everyone will be able to play the DC Single Player Campaign with all 7 races. But only Necron an' Tau will be available in Multiplayer if all one has is DC. Right? =^)

pieman2906
pieman2906

and as usual they'll double the Australian price and make it $60

pieman2906
pieman2906

madmartigan117, The game is standalone... you dont NEED the original DoW or Winter Assault to play... but you wont be able to use anyone except Necrons or Tau unless you buy the first two... so if you dont get DoW or DoW:WA, then theres no Space Marines, Orks, Chaos, Eldar or Imperial Guard for YOU!!! also... the release date in Australia is the 24th or the 26th (to answer -Ed-)

pieman2906
pieman2906

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-Ed-
-Ed-

I know it comes out in the States on the 9th but when thhe f**k does it come out in Austraila is it latter coz that sucks! Necrons Own you.

Binzen
Binzen

The release is the 9th but not in stores 'til the 10th.

the_finch1977
the_finch1977

I can't wait for it to release, I love DoW and WA and I can't wait to see the new heros in action. I am upset that they made the IG and SM heros look so young, and the Daemon Prince look like crap but in the end I'll still be playing it 24/7 when it releases on the 10th

voodoo_fox
voodoo_fox

Its customization and upgrades. Purchase upgrades between missions that may change appearance as well. In multiplayer or skirmish there may be options to give players a certain amount of requsition or whatever to upgrade their leaders.

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Althought they might come up with smth smart, there is going to be a v.hard task to find a reason for a governor of the imperial quard to fight against a SM captain... This games is out on the stores already?

Cman120
Cman120

This has been the best WH40K game yet, and adding more to the already great Dawn of War series will only make it better. Can't wait. I think it comes out tomorrow.

GreySeven
GreySeven

Is it customization, or upgrading? The way it looks, it's only upgrades.

Binzen
Binzen

Through the campaign the Commanders will be able to find various (Wargear) pieces of Armor, Weapons, an' Items for which to become bad-ass. Or Customized.

madmartigan117
madmartigan117

Hey if I want to play this game do I need to get The original Dawn of War first? I read on the update it was a stand alone game, but on the official site it said requires dawn of war to play.

ecoKILL
ecoKILL

I don't get it . You all say "customized heroes" . Sounds like one hero is going to have many sets of war gears . Is that true ? If not , then thats no customization , thats just an upgrade .

cifru
cifru

Amazing! those heros are mind blowing!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I really want to see this franchise expand onto the 360 because i think the controller is good at mapping the controls. Go daemon Prince!!!

owlet_rocks
owlet_rocks

Im so gonna be Imperial guard. i'm a real soldier, no fancy power armour for me! yeah, played the demo, looks like it could be good fun. cant wait for it!

Haruhi_love
Haruhi_love

the command units look good but i still think that the necron lord owns!!!

darth_101
darth_101

Played the demo and it rocks (death to the enemies of tau)

Binzen
Binzen

Again. Load blown. Sorry, people..... For telling you when I could very well keep it to myself. x^D

andrewtyen
andrewtyen

dark crusade is a really well thought out game

Nolan16
Nolan16

Overall the new features will be great same graphic engine and game play and everything. But two new races Tau and Necrons plus all new units for each race. And a total new revolutionized Single Player mode for 30$ this game has my vote. Lukas Alexander we will have good times together for you will destroy all. Great game this is going to be

el_polloloco
el_polloloco

i wish they could do more with the tau :( viva la vida tau

Binzen
Binzen

Meltaguns? Possibly. But more likely for only the leaders of each army. But, we'll see.... =^D