Dawn of War 2: Retribution 'Launch' trailer prepares us for battle

On March 1, Relic Entertainment unleashes its latest RTS-based onslaught with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 - Retribution. If you weren't sure...


On March 1, developer Relic Entertainment plans to unleash its latest onslaught against our spare time with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 - Retribution.

If you aren't sure what the latest battle to the death in the RTS series is about, publisher THQ has released a new trailer that explains the motivation for war starring a number of characters in the stand-alone expansion to help explain the situation. Basically, kill everyone that isn't on your side.

It goes without saying that the game looks nothing like the trailer; however, based on our recent time with the game and in interviewing its producer Jeff Lydell, we're of the mind that it could be just as intense.

Also intense? Multiple pre-order bonuses based on where the game is pre-purchased. But this is more of the burning in the pit of our gut kind of intense.

From The Chatty
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    February 25, 2011 9:00 PM

    Comment on Dawn of War: Retribution 'Launch' trailer prepares us for battle, by Xav de Matos.

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      February 25, 2011 9:01 PM

      Summary: A very blood soaked, action-packed trailer for Dawn of War 2: Retribution. Game ships on March 1.

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      February 25, 2011 9:18 PM

      We really need a good, Mass Effect style, story driven RPG set in WH40K. THQ should cancel the WH40K MMO and give the funding to Relic to make it happen.

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        February 25, 2011 9:25 PM

        Maybe it'll happen. Next up is the third-person action title, Space Marine. The universe is certainly big enough to do it.

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          February 25, 2011 10:17 PM

          Yeah but it all hinges on the success of Space Marine though. Space Marine has to do well.

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          February 25, 2011 10:35 PM

          it's such a shallow universe though. great for fighting and shooty bits, but not much else.

          I'm staring at every version of w40k rule book right now, so I love me some 40k. but it's amazingly broad but still shallow.

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            February 25, 2011 10:39 PM

            I've never jumped into the lore. It will be interesting to see how Space Marine handles the story, that's for sure. The action was cool when I saw it.

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              February 25, 2011 10:50 PM

              I'll buy the game for sure.

              but I just can't imagine there being anything in there besides entertaining smashy stuff.

              the lore is entertaining. for good or bad, it's never really been stable, so things are dropped and added or changed constantly to support the tabletop game (see: squats, history of orks, etc..) but it's only been about the fighting stuff. there is a LOT of fighting stuff to be sure, but not much past that.

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            February 25, 2011 10:47 PM

            This isn't true at all. 40K may not be the deepest of fictional universes, but there is definitely depth to be had. Have you read any of the books? Any of the Horus Heresy series?

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              February 25, 2011 10:53 PM

              yup. and its still shallow.

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                February 25, 2011 10:56 PM

                Again, I've gotta disagree.

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                  February 25, 2011 11:09 PM

                  just look at its fans. young single males. that's it. (or older married males who happened to have grown up with it, like me) but there is no cross over nor multiple groups intrigued by 40k, its just a dark future fantasy about never ending war told over and over again.

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                    February 26, 2011 12:12 AM

                    The fan base has nothing to do with the potential storytelling depth.

                    Look, I'm not claiming it's award winning material or anything, I just think you're selling it short by calling it "shallow". I can't imagine how you could read (for example) the entire Horus Heresy series that's been published so far and call it "shallow". There are some seriously awesome stories in there that are only marginally connected to the ongoing war. There are also some really well written characters that are more than just mindless killing machines.

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                      February 26, 2011 12:18 AM

                      I'd also like to point out that the fan base is growing:

                      A Thousand Sons was released in February 2010, and swiftly rose to the top of the British science fiction charts. It also arrived at number 22 on the New York Times Bestseller List[21], the first ever novel on the Black Library imprint to do so. Nemesis followed, reaching number 26 on the New York Times Bestseller List in August 2010. The First Heretic reached number 28 in November 2010, and stayed in the chart for a second week, reaching number 33. Prospero Burns reached number 16.

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                        February 26, 2011 12:31 PM

                        That's still only a few tens of thousands of copies though - not enough mass appeal. That will be tough as long as it's a guys only universe with some serious homo-erotic overtones.

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                          February 26, 2011 1:40 PM

                          I think "tens of thousands" is conservative. They've sold over a million copies in the Horus Heresy series alone.

                          It's still a (relatively speaking) small fan base, but my point is that it's growing noticeably, just in the last few years.

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                    February 26, 2011 12:33 AM

                    Who the fuck cares.

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                    February 26, 2011 5:18 AM


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                    February 26, 2011 1:05 PM

                    Please find me a sci-fi setting that this isn't also true of, and is at least the same relative size of the 40k fanbase.

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                    February 26, 2011 6:36 PM

                    40K did have a shallow setting for years. Its mythology has been getting a pretty good ret-con lately and they have showed signs of actually moving the story forward a little in the future.

                    For the last few years the 40k Universe has been getting a soft reboot in an attempt to cut out crap that doesn't matter to the lore, and making mythology and setting deeper.

                    Its no longer just the C'tans' fault.

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                      February 26, 2011 6:43 PM

                      Not to mention that first generation of players now read the books and play the video games. Thats people in their 20's to 30's. Thats a big chunk of adults with kids that while probably not actively playing with the mini's; still enjoy the universe and paint a figure from time to time.

                      Some of the books are very well written, and not something you would want a young child to read. The universe glorifies every thing you thought was awesome as a kid, and puts a good layer of violence on top of it.

                      Most men under 50 still get a rocking hard on when they think of Space Marines in power armor killing aliens with a sword and using magic.

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            February 26, 2011 12:13 AM

            Have you actually read any of the novels or Lore? the 40k universe i about as fleshed out as it can get. the 41st millenium is pretty much drowned in war.

            if you want a story driven game the only thing i think that might fit the RPG mould your looking for is a game centre around the inquisition maybe base it of the dark heresy tabletop RPG system . other that that i think THQ have done a fantasic job realising the 40k universe. the games before dawn of war arrived have lacked something.

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            February 26, 2011 12:25 AM

            I'd agree that it's shallow in general but I think the huge area of space that the Imperium of Man covers would make it ripe for RPGs. It might be my preference but I could see a story about an Inquisitor or Adeptus Arbites or something similar working really well as a RPG. Any other faction would just be boring. Space Marines shoot and stab people, Imperial Guard get marched in to meatgrinders, Eldar manipulate everyone, Dark Eldar rape and kill everyone, etc, etc.

            Now that I think of it more, something based on Dark Heresy would be perfect. You could be an Inquisitor with a retinue you gain along the way, complete with backstabbing and double-dealing!

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              February 26, 2011 12:27 AM

              I'm an idiot, I totally forgot about the Rogue Traders, they would be awesome too!

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              February 26, 2011 1:04 AM

              the only other way i could think of incorporating the other races and imperial factions would add them as a supporting cast. but dark heresy if done properly could be a cracking game. or seriesof games.

              and the retinue idea is a great idea, the concept worked very well in the ravenor and eisenhorn novels.

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                February 26, 2011 1:08 AM

                Good point! All this thinking of a WH40k RPG is making me want to go and buy the Dark Heresy books and trying to find a group to play it. :D

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                  February 26, 2011 7:37 AM

                  we've played using the rules in the first rulebook and thre games pretty good, played it a couple of time with my roleplaying group, great fun.

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                  February 26, 2011 10:09 AM

                  Let's get a Shack game going online or something! I've always wanted to play Dark Heresy but all my friends think paper and pencil roleplaying is stupid.

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            February 26, 2011 5:00 PM

            I'm married, in my mid thirties and with a kid on the way. I didn't grow up with the series. My friends started playing the game with Dawn of War when it came out on the PC. We're really into the lore. I don't consider myself a "no life" "nerd" or anything else like that. I just really enjoy this game, that and COD with my buddies.

            I think the lore is really good. A buddy got me into the books and I've rather enjoyed them. Some of the stories are pretty deep.

            But whatever, if you want "communism is the way of the future and I don't want to work for a living" or some such liberal nonsense then I guess the 40K books may not be your cup of tea.

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        February 25, 2011 9:32 PM

        Oh god yes, sign me up for this!

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        February 25, 2011 9:39 PM

        Fuck that, bring on Battlefield: 40K

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          February 25, 2011 9:41 PM

          Hell yeah!

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          February 25, 2011 9:41 PM

          Now this I can get on board with.

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          February 25, 2011 9:46 PM

          I call Titan Princeps!!!

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          February 25, 2011 11:22 PM

          Pretty much! That would be the end of my life.

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          February 26, 2011 12:14 AM

          I came.

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          February 26, 2011 2:57 AM

          Oh god yes. You filthy tart talk dirty some more.

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          February 26, 2011 12:37 PM

          this is the greatest idea ive ever heard

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            February 26, 2011 1:05 PM

            especially if the designers didn't take the easy way out.

            Easy way: one side is Marines, the other Chaos.
            Hard way: One side is Marines, the other a swarm like Nids or Orks.

            To balance the 'hard way' option, you could have differing number of players on the Marine and Nid sides. Like 1:2 Marines:Tyranids. Or, you could pull a L4D, where Tyranid players are comparatively weaker, but there is an AI swarm of termagants/hormagants that continuously spawn.

            Fuck, someone make this game.

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              February 26, 2011 1:06 PM

              for clarity, that should read 1 Marine : 2 Tyranids

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              February 26, 2011 1:09 PM

              You could also allow for weapons / abilities for the players of factions to call in AI spawns faster, or just in general bring out some kind of AI units.

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              February 26, 2011 1:43 PM

              I would love to see a really good L4D mod or custom map based on 40K. Can you imagine four Terminators steadily backing up against a cliff as hordes of termagants and hormagants swarm all around them, fighting a futile battle with their Lightning Claws, Power Fists, and Storm Bolters as their impending doom slowly dawns on them, as they prepare to give their lives for the glory of the Emperor and the preservation of the Imperium? Can you imagine it, Arctic Fox???

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                February 26, 2011 1:44 PM


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                February 26, 2011 1:45 PM

                This is what I imagine the upcoming Space Marine game to be like. If someone tried to make a mod of this they'd be sued to oblivion

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                  February 26, 2011 1:46 PM

                  Yeah, hopefully.

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                    February 26, 2011 1:56 PM

                    Of course, following on from your original idea, someone should really make a L4D-esque Space Hulk game.

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                February 26, 2011 2:47 PM

                Wow, I hope you can mod Space Marine, a map like this would be amazing :(

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              February 27, 2011 2:19 PM

              A Chaos versus Marines game where the sides are basically equal would still be awesome though.

              Oh my god Assault Marine class.

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          February 26, 2011 12:55 PM

          Helllllllllllllll yes.

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        February 26, 2011 5:29 AM

        Only if they bring back the squats for it right? ;)

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      February 25, 2011 9:31 PM

      I still cant believe how screwed AU peeps are with this game, its twice the cost of the US version and currently 1 Australian dollar = 1.0174 U.S. dollars and has been around that for ages.

      I was going to get it off play asia for the normal price but i have a mate at a local (melbourne) dev sudio that is tied to THQ and i'll get it cheaper off him but the above price is just not cool at all.

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        February 25, 2011 9:40 PM

        make friends in the US, get them to gift you the game on Steam, Paypal them the money.

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          February 25, 2011 10:29 PM

          dont you worry there is no way in hell i pay the ripoff prices i always check out http://www.steamprices.com/au before i buy something off steam that isnt a good deal but i do like your suggestion!

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        February 25, 2011 9:42 PM

        Yeah, AU prices are ridiculous. Canada was at a point where it was $10 more for a long time... usually now it's the same as USA since our dollar is so close.

        But that's $10... AU is outrageous.

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          February 25, 2011 10:33 PM

          yeah its $30 more! you should make a story about the ripoff prices im sure the euro guys would be appreciative as well.

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      February 25, 2011 11:42 PM


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        February 26, 2011 5:04 PM

        so glad I pre-ordered the day they announced it. My copy should show up on Monday. Got overnight shipping

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        February 26, 2011 5:31 PM

        pre order on steam and just grab the DLC later

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      February 25, 2011 11:44 PM

      I accept. Will play this to death and be ready for Space Marine :)

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      February 26, 2011 12:01 AM

      I like how the narrator / Angelos says "Chaos" and there's a shot of the Imperial Guard.

      Great trailer though.

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      February 26, 2011 3:01 AM

      Is it just me or was the trailer not as badass this time around? Or maybe Im getting jaded

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      February 26, 2011 4:07 AM

      Oh, a Balrog again. How unique...

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        February 26, 2011 7:39 AM

        that sir was a bloodthirster and the scene's yor refering to yes look similar but bloodthirster have been around alot longer that the movies. and no im not discounting the books description either. :P

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          February 26, 2011 12:57 PM

          Queue Penny Arcade comic.

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          February 26, 2011 3:46 PM

          Granted, I don't know about a bloodthirster.
          Anyway, that wasn't meant as a critique on the awesome Warhammer universe but on the game trailer. Why does it have to look like a Balrog there?

          None of the descriptions I found about a bloodthirster says that it's a creature of fire (or a fire daemon) but that bloodthirster from the trailer looks very much like the Balrog from the LOTR movies. I'm just talking about that 1-2 seconds it is visible in the trailer so it might be a wrong impression. But then why would they make a trailer which gives a wrong impression?


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        February 26, 2011 10:10 AM

        Bloodthirster of Khorne.

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        February 26, 2011 12:49 PM

        Oh, a firey demon. How biblical of them.

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        February 26, 2011 4:48 PM

        All wrong, it is a Demon Prince.

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          February 26, 2011 4:52 PM

          Yeah. After talking a look at it again, it's not a Bloodthirster. It's a reworked model of the Daemon Prince that appeared in DoW1.

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            February 26, 2011 5:34 PM

            there was no daemon prince in dow1, just the bloodthirster right?

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      February 26, 2011 9:34 AM

      Pre-ordering this today. Chaos Rising campaign coop and the multiplayer beta sold me. A+ game.

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      February 28, 2011 5:57 AM

      i've got a mancrush on gabriel angelos...

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