Gamesday Round-Up: DoW II Retribution, W.A.R and Space Marine

First off, sorry for this being a little delayed. I meant to get this up after arriving back from Gamesday, however I flew out to Gran Canaria first thing Monday morning, so didn’t get chance to type it up before I went to bed!

Gamesday was held once more at the Birmingham NEC. The event celebrates all that is awesome about Games Workshop’s various range of miniatures (Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 and Lord of the Rings being the main three).

Currently there are a number of videogames based on Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 in production, of which new information was available at Gamesday:

Retribution shall be the newest expansion pack for Dawn of War II.

It had already been announced that Retribution would feature a single player campaign revolving around the Orks. Announced at Gamesday was the inclusion of another single player campaign, where you play as the Eldar.

During the Q&A at the end, I asked if we could expect a new playable multiplayer race…and according to the representative from THQ…the answer is yes! But he wouldn’t give any clue of whom it shall be.

Taking a close look at the ‘I’ in the word Retribution gives us a little bit of clue perhaps. It’s been made in the shape of the Inquisitor icon. Could this mean we’ll see Inquisitors/Witch Hunters/Daemon Hunters? Imperial Guardsmen feature as a non-playable unit in the Last Stand mode in Dawn of War II, so perhaps its them?

He also confirmed that every current army will receive at least one new unit.

Space Marine is being developed by the same studio who creates the Dawn of War series, and will also be published by THQ. Space Marine is an over-the-shoulder action game, a first for Relic Studios.

A representative from Relic played through part of a level from an early build of Space Marine while we all watched. I was very impressed with what I saw. Graphically, it looks very slick, and in regards to the sound…the bolter (standard issue Space Marine weapon) sounds powerful and as meaty as I would expect it too..

The level was based in a sewer-type environment, and was ofcourse full of angry Orks and Grots. Even though the action got very intense with the amount of explosions and Orks running at you on the screen the frame rate stayed very stable.

The Space Marine moves quite slowly (apart from when he uses his ability to charge), which bearing in mind how much armour he’s wearing makes alot of sense. I really liked the Big Mek that teleported in towards the end of the level!

Throughout the game there will be 15 weapons to use. You’ll be able to customize and upgrade your armour, similar to how you can upgrade your characters in Dawn of War II. Although they wouldn’t confirm any definitive details, they did confirm it will feature Co-Op in some form.

At this time, Relic are aiming to release post-game DLC, although yet again, no indication to what these shall be.

One point he did make which was a little disappointing, is that there will be no player-controllable vehicles. So…no driving a Land Raider I’m afraid!

Space Marine will be out next year at some stage, currently being hinted at being with us in Quarter 1. It’ll be released on 360, PS3 and PC. THQ confirmed it is likely to have a Collectors Edition when it comes out.

The only other game currently being developed based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe is again being published by THQ, but made by Vigil Games this time, is Dark Millenium Online.

As the name suggests, it’s an MMO. However, apart from showing the trailer of the first playable race for the title, which we published a blog post on Blast Process a little while back, no new information was unveiled at Gamesday. That came as little surprise, as the title isn’t due out for quite a considerable amount of time yet.

It wasn’t all about Warhammer 40,000… Andy Belford from Mythic Entertainment, the folks behind Warhammer Online was present at Gamesday. He was giving out presentations throughout the day to the masses on upcoming changes to Warhammer Online.

The main factor he was talking about was the incoming new army for W.A.R, the Skaven. For those wanting to play as a Skaven, you’ll get to choose from the following classes:

* Rat Ogre
* Packmaster
* Gutter Runner
* Warlock Engineer

They are making a number of changes to how the RVR works as well, which is one of the key features that makes W.A.R stand out from its competition, such as World of Warcraft.

I got to chat to Andy during Gamesday on camera, which we posted a few days ago. It was my first time interviewing someone on camera!

The presentation video can now be found online here.

Keep on eye on for an upcoming competition to win some special codes for Warhammer Online kindly donated by Andy!


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