Warhammer 40K 'Last Stand' mode to be stand-alone title

The popular 'Last Stand' co-op mode from Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 is getting a stand-alone release through Steam. It's scheduled for tomorrow and will hit at just ten bucks.


The popular 'Last Stand' co-operative mode from Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 will be made available as a stand-alone downloadable title tomorrow, Games Workshop announced today. Of course, the subtitle to the game is "Retribution," which then gets its own subtitle for this new release, making the full title (ahem):

"Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution- The Last Standalone." Or W40KDoW2RTLS for short.

The game is scheduled to be released through Steam tomorrow for a cool $10. Since it's a stand-alone title, you won't need a copy of Retribution to play it. If you do get hooked from the little downloadable taste, though, you can bump it up to the full version for a reduced price.

"We saw this as a unique opportunity to introduce new players to the Dawn of War franchise as well as expanding the player base for the already popular Last Stand mode," said producer Jeff Lydell in the announcement.


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    April 19, 2011 1:15 PM

    Comment on Warhammer 40K 'Last Stand' mode to be stand-alone title, by Steve Watts.

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      April 19, 2011 1:16 PM

      Oh cool, does this mean they'll be releasing some more maps or something?

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        April 19, 2011 3:59 PM

        Yeah I think they need some more maps for this.

        They'll have to change matchmaking to allow any kind of map I suppose, if it's split that might hurt finding games.

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      April 19, 2011 1:26 PM

      Pretty interesting business move by THQ/Relic.

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      April 19, 2011 1:27 PM

      I hear nothing but good things about Last Stand mode!

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        April 19, 2011 1:34 PM

        It's totally worth $10 and you don't need to be an experienced RTS player to enjoy it.

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      April 19, 2011 1:30 PM

      Holy shit, this is AWESOME news for Retribution fans that have friends on the fence about buying it.

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      April 19, 2011 1:33 PM

      Summary: The popular 'Last Stand' co-op mode from Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 is getting a stand-alone release through Steam. It's scheduled for tomorrow and will hit at just ten bucks.

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      April 19, 2011 1:36 PM


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      April 19, 2011 1:41 PM

      A couple friends and I tried this a while back because everyone loves it so much but I feel like I was missing something because we didn't really enjoy it overall. We played it 3 or 4 times in a row using the same heroes and each time our heroes would fight and level up a bit causing us to get a little further, and then we'd lose again. It pretty much felt like we were watching our heroes move a progress bar and then die, rinse and repeat.

      Is there some extra strategy to this that I'm missing? I mean obviously we were using our abilities and helping each other out but that still didn't amount to much IMO. I want to like this mode.

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        April 19, 2011 1:45 PM

        The most powerful gear in the game is available at the start. It's learning which heroes benefit each other the best, and how to use their most simple abilities to the benefit of your team mates.

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          April 19, 2011 2:07 PM

          Not really. There's some mandatory gear you need which you get in the later levels if you want to beat Wave 20.

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          April 19, 2011 3:58 PM

          You can't even fill all your slots at the start.

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        April 19, 2011 3:53 PM

        it's not a ton of fun with only 2 levels. it sucks a lot when youre trying to level up your dude and learn how to play early on.

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        April 19, 2011 6:49 PM

        You need to get a character to like 4-6ish and then you'll start figuring out the skills and abilities. If you want to, hit some experienced players up and we can run you through some more stuff

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      April 19, 2011 1:43 PM

      i wish it had the drops and stuff from the main game. i havent played last stand much but ti seems like everyone would eventually end up witth the same few characters and play styles.

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      April 19, 2011 1:47 PM

      i guess this is good news for people who have none of the games. pretty whatever for me, not gonna waste 10 bucks on the same map

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      April 19, 2011 1:51 PM

      Meh, I'm just going to hold off for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution - The Last Standalone - Turbo - Championship Edition - EX

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      April 19, 2011 4:04 PM

      HEAR ME RELIC. SPACE HULK LAST STAND MAP. SPACE HULK LAST STAND MAP. SPACE HULK LAST STAND MAP. I have summoned you from the depths to do my dark bidding do not fail me LEST I REND THEE LIMB FROM LIMB!

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        April 19, 2011 4:15 PM

        Now that most of the assets exist, has anyone made a Space Hulk mod of any type yet?

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          April 19, 2011 5:46 PM

          There's been a Space hulk mod available for ages - well in a beta form, but it looks nice.

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            April 19, 2011 5:49 PM

            I don't like all the humor stuff they added to it (Duke Nukem voice, baseball bat, etc).

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        April 19, 2011 5:50 PM

        Agreed, that would be A+ awesome if done well.

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        April 19, 2011 6:50 PM


        Even if they're charging $5, I'm in.

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        April 19, 2011 6:58 PM

        I thought that was the original design of the Last Stand mode (they added in direct fire and a space hulk map and everything) but they got in trouble with EA over rights to Space Hulk.

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          April 19, 2011 7:34 PM

          I don't see why, there are Space Hulk maps in the single player campaign.

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      April 20, 2011 4:25 AM

      I say "moneygrab" as long as they dont release more last stand content. I bet my bony ass that the last stand is played the most online, still it has the fewest patches and theleast content. Really i dont getit, so people prefer a minigame over the "main" gametype, mistakes are made. But they should at least try to learn something from it (beside the cheap moneygrab).

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        April 20, 2011 4:35 AM

        Dude $10 is a good deal. There's plenty of people that don't like the normal game but would like this.

        That said, yes obviously we would hope it'd create more content. But maybe we shouldn't assume the worst from step 1?

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        April 20, 2011 12:18 PM

        imo, this is an awesome deal. it is 1/3rd of the game for 1/3rd of the price. Great way to allow people who are on the fence about trying dow2 to not only try Last Stand, but to play with people who have the full game.

        I don't understand your "moneygrab" mentality, I was happy as hell when I saw they were doing this. I can't wait to play Last Stand with some of my friends who were interested in playing it, but not in paying 30 dollars for the full game.