Dawn of War II: Retribution is being show for the first time to the press this week at Gamescom. Here is the official announcement:
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. August 17, 2010 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that a second stand-alone expansion for its genre redefining real time strategy game, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2011.
Taking place years after the events in Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, this title allows players to choose their perspective with the first multiple-race single player campaign in the Dawn of War II series. The first race to be revealed is the savage Orks, but no matter which race is chosen players will be taken on an epic journey through each story arc, revealing the answers to many questions left open in previous Dawn of War titles.
As well as the single player campaign, RetributionTM will feature new multiplayer units, maps and an entire new playable faction when it ships.
Jeff Lydell, Producer of Dawn of War II – Retribution commented: “We all love the Blood Ravens here at Relic Entertainment, but there are also a lot of fans of the other races and armies out there so we decided that Retribution should allow the player the freedom to experience the campaign from the perspective they select.”
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution is scheduled to be released for Windows PC in the first quarter of 2011.
It is ten years since the events of Chaos Rising and Sub-Sector Aurelia has been in a constant state of warfare with the Imperium struggling to retain control. The apparent betrayal of the chapter by Gabriel Angelos and his Space Marines has shaken the Blood Ravens and now the Imperial forces are beset on all sides by hostile aliens. Retribution allows the player to select the race of their choosing in a battle to determine the very survival or destruction of the entire sector.
They also included this debut trailer:
Yes, that’s a Freeboota Warboss named Kaptin Bluddflagg. They revealed the image of him a few days before this announcement as a teaser leading up to it. The image is awesome, as seen here:
If I had to guess I’d say that Imperial Guard will be the next playable faction. Since Aurelia is in a constant state of warfare, it would make sense that the Blood Angels would get aid in the form of the IG.
Being able to play through a campaign as Orks is welcomed. DoW2 is the first of the series that I actually managed to finish the campaign for, including Chaos Rising. I struggled with the monotony of the first game’s campaign, though now I wish I had finished it just for the storyline. So, taking the perspective of my favorite race in my favorite RTS game will be great.