Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade Profile Preview - The Necrons and the Tau

Learn all about the two new factions in this intense stand-alone expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.

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The upcoming Dark Crusade expansion for 2004's acclaimed real-time strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is going to add a considerable amount of new content, including a new single-player campaign that will let you try and conquer the planet Kronus your own way. On a strategic map of Kronus, you'll decide where to attack with your army, and then you will resolve those battles in intense real-time combat where you can command the menacing units of Warhammer 40,000 yourself. Dark Crusade will also introduce two new factions to the mix, adding the mysterious necrons and the powerful tau empire, boosting the total number of playable factions to seven. But who are these new factions? Read on for a briefing on what to expect when Dark Crusade ships later this year.

The necron lord, clad in all his war gear, is a sinister-looking unit.

Necrons

With a name like necron, you might expect that this faction would be an undead one. That's not quite the case. The necrons are a soulless, mechanical race dedicated to waging war against the living to sacrifice their victims to their gods. Like a plague, the necrons swarmed the worlds of the living ages ago until they were finally defeated. However, the surviving necrons locked themselves away on tomb worlds, such as the planet Kronus that's at the heart of the Dark Crusade campaign, to await the return of the living.

Appropriately, the necrons' central base exists under the surface as a vast network of catacombs. The faction is headquartered in the Thur'abis Plateau, and if that territory ever were to fall, the necrons would be defeated in the single-player campaign. Of course, if the necrons can eliminate all the other factions' strongholds, they would conquer the entire planet.

The necron lord is the main hero unit for the faction, and he leads necron forces in battle. As with all other hero units in Dark Crusade, the necron lord can be outfitted in war gear, special weapons, armor, and equipment that is unlocked throughout the course of the campaign. Such war gear can make the necron lord even more powerful and formidable.

Sash'o Kais, the tau hero, can be accompanied by special drones that enhance his lethality.

Tau Empire

Long ago, the planet Kronus was a peaceful world cohabited by both humans and the tau, a faction that believes in spreading the greater good throughout the universe. However, the return of the necrons resulted in many of the tau warriors on Kronus being wiped out and the human Imperium attempting to control the entire planet. As a result, the tau went to war, dispatching a task force from their home world, armed with the high-tech weapons and battle suits that the tau are known for.

The tau stronghold is located in the city of Or'es Tash'n, in the territory of the same name. From here, the tau military commander Sash'o Kais plans to liberate the planet by conquering all enemy stronghold territories. If Or'es Tash'n should fall, however, the tau would be forced to flee the planet. The thought of defeat would be utterly shameful to the tau, who refuse to accept failure.

Discussion

62 comments
JMAN11322
JMAN11322

the necrons look awesome im gettin this expansion pack with my new video card (wich is super good) and the tanks look awesome and the mechs for the tau are cool

treetonawar
treetonawar

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_predetator
_predetator

i love the dawn of war Universe and i don't doubt that i will love dark crusade even more =)

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Awsome. I can't wait to try out all of the Tau's units. Especially Broadsides and the Great Knarlock. Just hope that the Necrons aren't overpowered like they are in the tabletop game. Man, I hate those Monoliths. They usually take out at least 1-2 infantry squads and a few battlesuits before they go down.

GreyKnight66
GreyKnight66

i play warhammer 3 years now and it rules only DOW is more fun than that, and surely now the second expansion is finaly here ~the wolves of fenris prevail for the emperor~

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

"Deny agression only to look at the bloody knife in your shaking hand." I'm going for the Tau first. I really dig that anime style they were given. I'm especially glad to see they incorporated the new stealth suit design.

essi2
essi2

Do not strike until you are ready to crush the enemy utterly, and then attack without mercy, destroy every vestige of resistance, leave no one to work against you. +++ Tactica Imperium +++

Ineor
Ineor

the necrons are overpowered and will kick everyones ass. including mine...

jakman2004
jakman2004

haha i played warhammmer 10 years ago in year 3 and the necrons were my favourites they were awesome, them and the blood angel space marines, what an fun part of our childhood that was. www.myspace.com/youareabeautifulrobot

Suicidal_Healer
Suicidal_Healer

ooo, i dont know what to play first, Tau or Necron when the game comes out... "I am the Emperor's will made manifest!!!"

essi2
essi2

yes, I see that, I was just confused by your question mark :P Emperor protects.........

Binzen
Binzen

I was agreeing with you, essi2. =^)

essi2
essi2

give me a brake, english is my second language :P DoW ROCKS :D

Binzen
Binzen

Just needed to get it off my chest. An' I've been playin' DoW since day one an' as impressive as DC appears I'd say I'll pretty much have an erection every time I play. Awesome? Mmhmm.

mikeylel
mikeylel

Bavoke. that aint shadowsun. He just happens to have the same armour.

Bavoke
Bavoke

Shadowsun looks better than ever! :D Bavoke 8)

essi2
essi2

Okay, good one Binzen, now that's out of the way, let just all agree that this will be AWESOME, the expansion of all time :D

Binzen
Binzen

Okay. No one bite my head off, please? *Ahem* I was under the impression that it was "the galaxy" not "the universe" that the Necrons nearly wiped all life from? With that out of the way.... As far as the single-player campaign is concerned, I think you'll be able to play all 7 races. But online: http://www.relic.com/misc/buggo/dcfaq.jpg

kerensky287
kerensky287

Nintendo-GO: That's old news. That isn't the "latest from warhammer tau", the codex was out in like... April. That's O'Shassera, or Shadowsun. She uses an XV-22 battlesuit. This commander, however, is a guy, though he uses the same kind of battlesuit. Play the demo to hear his voice.

starcutter20000
starcutter20000

Actually in the mythos the food supply for their gods was running out and decided to hybernate until the universe replenished itself but were awoken early finding out that there is plenty of living in the universe once again

russkie177
russkie177

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Nintendo-GO
Nintendo-GO

well, in the latest warhammer tau news, it stands that the white armor freak is a GIRL!!! a tau GIRL!!! OMG!!! i thought they were all gay and in the new codex, they show her face... ITS AS UGLY AS ALL THE OTHER TAUS!!! only change is that she got long red hair... omg... im just so good ^_^

MartyredShadow
MartyredShadow

McGregory, what the hell is wrong with you? People play war games with little figurines, therefore they are hermaphrodites? Do you even know what a hermaphrodite IS? You seem to be confusing hermaphrodites and nerds. See, a hermaphrodite is someone with both male and female sex organs, while a nerd is a nerd. You are not even a nerd, just a trolling idiot.

LeVoidDragon
LeVoidDragon

Soooooo.. freaking excited, must have dark crusade!

McGregory
McGregory

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McGregory
McGregory

Why do you guys care what the guy's name is? It's just a game.

essi2
essi2

FFS, yes dark crusade is stand alone BUT you need winter assault to play IG, not 100% sure if you need DoW for the original races. and stop with the fluff details most of them are relative any ways :)

Nafda
Nafda

Self racism ftw

Sheiko
Sheiko

Aside from the Bickering this sounds like a great comeback from Winter assault.

goGators154
goGators154

this game is sure 2 kick ass i'm definetly getting this

blackheart255
blackheart255

WTf is that guy talking about im hispanic and dont play board games but dawn of war owns and i never got winter assualt but well get this one

Samus_Aran_S
Samus_Aran_S

You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't care, idiot. I, for one, am very white and very nerdy and very proud of it. So either shut up or I'll shut you up myself.

Nuclear_Kernel
Nuclear_Kernel

Necrons are soulless, they are controlled by Demons who fought the Ancient Ones, human who joined Tau, etc, etc... Guys who cares? Some of you are just too white and nerdy :)

Andithus
Andithus

THIS...GAME...WILL...PWN

Night_Lancer
Night_Lancer

lol, just so you guys at gamespot know, its Shas'O not Sash'o just a bit of advice :P

wheater
wheater

Thanks for the info Gamespot, Keep it comming, cant wait for this game.

joecwright
joecwright

taggataggatagga, I may be wrong in this but I recon what they mean is they don't have a soul in the Human sense, thus they have no presence in the warp.

roemin
roemin

ulabajula, of course you can! Cuz this game is a standalone version you don't even need the original dawn of war to be able to enjoy it :)

ULABAJULA
ULABAJULA

this is quite a dumb question but... will i be able to play with Imperial Guard and content added with Winter Assault even if i haven't bought/installed WA?

TonyBlazza
TonyBlazza

Going to be a geek and say...that isn't sash'o, it's SHAS'O. That out of the way this game is going to rule.

taggataggatagga
taggataggatagga

the necrons are necrontyr's souls trapped in living metal bodies, how can they be soulless??man, its a detail but it is very anoying...

pieman2906
pieman2906

humans CAN live in peace with the Tau... no one said that the humans were imperium humans... remember that there are still hundreds of worlds, possibly thousands, populated by humans that were cut off from the imperium after the great crusade went down the toilet... ten thousand years of being cut off??? not exactly going to consider themselves part of the imperium, id be surprised if they even knew about the imperium. and they could just as easily be defectors who've joined the Tau. Of course if the imperium finds those humans they'll kill them like anyone else for consorting with xenos.

essi2
essi2

DoW:dark crusade is stand-alone, but relic has said that you need DoW and DoW:WA to play all the races

tomb_king
tomb_king

necrons are not soulless at all. it was the eldar that placed them in the catacombs to stop them destroying all life and light (main use for weapons) humans don't like xenos as they want to estroy them all. humans and tau on the same planet without a war going on is rubbish. and if i am correct (which i am most times) kais is the hero from fire warrior, the game that was realsed before dawn of war.

SuperGogeta24
SuperGogeta24

i think i'll w8 until they make the next expansin then dawn of war 2 then it'll have the whole lot of races then i'll buy it

jsambeckwith
jsambeckwith

Necrons: 'Souless'. Not quite... in fact that's all they are: Controlled souls.

Suicidal_Healer
Suicidal_Healer

freaking sweet, all we need now is the Tyranids, Dark Eldar, and the full Inquisition!!

kasco
kasco

Hey! Did they get their facts wrong? Necrons were never beaten. They harvested all life until there was none left so they went into deep sleep to wait until the universe was full of life. and since when did humans cohabited a planet with 'Xenos'? Regardless of the facts, this is one game i CANNOT wait to play. and yes people its a STAND-AlONE game so you can play all 7 races in the CAMPAIGN AND SKIRMISH mode ONLY.