Dawn of War 2 - Retribution pre-order bonus DLC now sold separately

As promised, Dawn of War II - Retribution's 'Race Pack' DLC pre-order bonuses have been released separately--on launch day, no less.

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When Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution publisher THQ announced an assortment of downloadable content packs as pre-order bonuses, it said that they would be sold separately for "for a nominal fee" after launch. That promise has been kept as the 'Race Packs' were released alongside Relic's RTS today, priced at 99¢ apiece.

Each of the six Race Packs contains four Wargear items for characters to equip in the the respective race's single-player campaign. You can also buy the whole lot slightly discounted in a bundle for $4.99.

Several of the Race Packs were exclusive to different editions and retailers, leading to a lot of umming and ahhing over where exactly to buy the game--for me, at least. Turns out, I needn't have worried.

Dawn of War II - Retribution was released in North America today and will launch across Europe over the next few days.

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    March 1, 2011 6:00 AM

    Comment on Dawn of War II - Retribution pre-order DLC now sold separately, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 1, 2011 6:09 AM

      Summary: did you, like me, spend ages trying to figure which Retribution Race Pack you most wanted, and where to buy it? Well, they're sold separately now anyway, for $0.99 each or $4.99 for all six.

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        March 1, 2011 6:15 AM

        tldr.

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        March 1, 2011 6:26 AM

        Summary: If you bought the CE to get all 6 race packs and didn't care about the extra stuff in the retail box, you just donated $5 to Relic.

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          March 1, 2011 6:27 AM

          Yup. Pretty much this. :(

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            March 1, 2011 6:36 AM

            Not to mention the donation to the postal charity of your choice, and the fact that some people's CE hasn't even shipped yet :/

            I'm glad mine's coming today, but still a little transparency on this one would have been nice Relic.

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              March 1, 2011 6:40 AM

              I agree on all points. I am happy to toss some extra money their way for a CE and some stuff, but the postal charges were a bit much. For example, it shipped across my local metro area... for $10. should never have been so much (I know theyjust charge a flat rate).

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              March 1, 2011 6:44 AM

              How do you know yours is coming today?

              Mine said it shipped out on the 25th, but I assume with the weekend, it'll come way, way later. :(

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                March 1, 2011 7:03 AM

                My email came with a USPS tracking # in it.

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                March 1, 2011 7:03 AM

                I never ship anything through USPS, they've lost too much shit on me in the past. Minimum UPS ground, all the way.

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          March 1, 2011 7:53 AM

          I don't mind donating to relic, I'm more pissed off about the slow shipping for a "pre-order". Been spoiled by all the pre-orders from Amazon where they get the game to you ON release day. At the current rate, I'm lucky if it arrives before the weekend. :(

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            March 1, 2011 7:56 AM

            Let me just add that I'm directing this that THQ store... Teaches me not to buy from Steam. *grumble grumble *

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              March 1, 2011 7:59 AM

              Yeah, pretty much this. THQ effed it, not so much relic. I doubt they would have sold ANY CE units had they told people it would be $15 more than the same game content on Steam and ~3-5 days delayed in arrival.

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            March 1, 2011 1:28 PM

            I'm sorry this happened to you, but this is exactly the reason I didn't order the collector's edition from THQ. I would have been happy to give them a little extra money, because I love their games, but I didn't want to lose the ability to play the game on launch day.

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          March 1, 2011 9:22 AM

          yeah. thats me. and im seriously annoyed about it. to make things worse, i STILL havent received it in the mail, so while everyone else is playing, im waiting. i assumed that the 10 extra bucks would be less than buying them separately. oh yeah and i had to pay shipping too.

          since i havent received it yet... can i like, reverse the charges on my card, and return it unopened? THQ has a "no refunds" policy, period, no exceptions. and i seriously doubt ill be able to find someone even stupider than i am to sell it to for what i paid for it...

          oh well... that'll learn me. of course, i said that the LAST time i pre-ordered something about 5 years ago and here i am again.

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            March 1, 2011 1:05 PM

            so for anyone who cares, i contacted the office of the CEO for THQ about this. stated my case that i felt like i kinda got the short end of the stick for buying direct from them, and the essence of the reply was along the lines of "the extra $5 was for the extra stuff (which in my case is going straight into the trash anyway) and that yes, it was a bad idea to not make it clear that the (digital) extras would be available at launch and at a $5 price point, but no, there would be nothing done to provide satisfaction for anyone who feels a little screwed over this."

            they actually suggested i try selling it on ebay. sigh.

            that was the first, last, and only time i will ever buy anything directly from THQ.

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              March 1, 2011 1:09 PM

              dont throw the race cards away. you should send them to me!

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                March 1, 2011 1:25 PM

                ive got a hot deal for you, DoW2:R collectors edition, complete with metal collectors case, race cards, and poster, for the low low price of $50 shipped!

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              March 2, 2011 1:38 AM

              Yeah, me too.

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            March 1, 2011 1:43 PM

            Welcome to The Europe Experience

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          March 1, 2011 1:29 PM

          There was a bunch of stuff in the collector's edition other than the DLC

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            March 1, 2011 1:53 PM

            A fancy box, a poster, and some cards. I could have lived without them had I known that the release on Steam would have been both faster and cheaper.

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              March 2, 2011 3:08 AM

              finally digital distribution is doing what it's supposed to do!

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          March 2, 2011 12:31 AM

          THQ gets the money

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        March 1, 2011 6:31 AM

        LOL I sure did :)

        Well good on them for doing this, everyone wins.

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        March 1, 2011 6:41 AM

        Hahaha, I definitely did. Even considered getting the CE for them, now I'm glad I didn't. My plan now is to just get a new pack each time I beat a campaign.

        I know the dlc is a fairly minimal addition to the game experience, but for 99 cents a pop, I'll buy them to support Relic and get their small added bonus to sp and coop.

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      March 1, 2011 6:11 AM

      Of all the DLC fads, I think I hate paying money for exclusive items the most.

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        March 1, 2011 6:23 AM

        This is horse armor DLC. It just adds a bit to the single player game and that is it. But it is a better way of doing pre-order stuff charge a small fee and make it available to everyone.

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      March 1, 2011 6:49 AM

      Complete DOWII pack for $59 pretty sweet price. If anyone has a coupon this would even bee sweeter.

      http://www.direct2drive.com/1/10430/product/Buy-Warhammer-40,000:-Dawn-of-War-II-Retribution-Complete-Pack-Download


      -Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

      -Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising

      -Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Retribution

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        March 1, 2011 7:38 AM

        Steam also has this. Pretty great deal!

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        March 1, 2011 7:41 AM

        It's even available locally in Sweden for $66, including shipping and the 25% VAT. Pretty good.

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        March 1, 2011 7:43 AM

        D2D has some referral thing where you can get 15% off if you want to save a few bucks: http://direct2drive.tellapal.com/a/clk/SBqcb

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        March 1, 2011 10:25 AM

        Maybe for xmas, $30.

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        March 1, 2011 1:30 PM

        eh, if youve waited this long you can get a better deal on the first two parts. I'm sure steam will have a summer sale

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      March 1, 2011 1:35 PM

      I wonder if I can gift the Imperial Pack as I already have it.

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        March 1, 2011 1:37 PM

        Nope! I wish i didn't activate my D2D Imperial Key last night now.

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        March 1, 2011 1:43 PM

        Nope. I just bought the $4.99 pack and it said even though I already own one of them I can't gift the extra copy.

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        March 1, 2011 1:49 PM

        *Sigh* I will buy the other packs anyways but you should be able to gift the extra pack. Whatever, I'm just glad I didn't fork out $40 + $10 shipping to get all the race packs. $35 is much friendlier to my wallet.

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      March 1, 2011 1:50 PM

      let this be a lesson to you "please mail my shit on time" people. always go digital!

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      March 2, 2011 2:45 AM

      Nice. I like it when there's an actual incentive for ordering early.

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      March 2, 2011 2:42 PM

      I think it is interesting that this is the first Shack thread I have read that announces a DLC pack for sale on the day a game launches, but there's no intense rage.

      We think these prices are fair? I don't think they are that bad - but it does put an extra $5 right on the top of the price for content that CLEARLY was ready at launch, and that could have been included at no charge.

      Are we not mad because the price is $5 in total? Because the price for an individual thing is $0.99 (showing that microtransactions win)? Because the price for the game was only $30, which seems pretty reasonable? Because we love Relic? Because DOW is awesome? I find it all intriguing.

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