When the THQ firesale kicked off in earnest, the biggest trade chip that switched hands was Relic Entertainment, makers of the Company of Heroes, Homeworld and Dawn of War series.
SEGA bought the studio for around US$30 million at the time, but we haven't seen a new Dawn of War game since. Until early this morning.
After teasing an announcement a couple of days ago, Relic has revealed that Dawn of War 3 will be making a return next year. A Steam page is already live, as is one of the coolest trailers put out this year. You can watch that below.
The important questions that the trailer didn't answer: will there be a return of Dawn of War 2's co-op campaign, and will there be a return of the base building mechanics from the original Dawn of War games? In an accompanying press release, Relic had the answer to both: yes.
"Our biggest units ever? Check. Giant orbital lasers? Check. Base-building, epic heroes, huge battles, it’s all in there," executive producer Stephen MacDonald said.
According to the Steam description, there will be three single-player campaigns featuring the Space Marines, Eldar and Orks, with each race having access to their largest units (that's the Imperial Knight, Wraithknight and Gorkanaut, which you can see in the trailer).
To commemorate the launch, all Dawn of War games are 75% off on Steam. The Master Collection for the original Dawn of War is available for US$9.24 for the next 2 days, while the Dawn of War 2 complete bundle will set you back US$17.49. The games run just fine on modern systems, although unfortunately they won't run natively on OSX. (There's no reason you couldn't install a wrapper and get things going, ala Stardew Valley, however.)