After a placeholder date of April 30 appeared late last year, SEGA and Relic have confirmed this morning that the next title in the real-time Warhammer 40,000 strategy series will launch on April 27.
The launch date announcement comes days after Relic announced through Twitter that closed beta keys had been sent out to users. The beta keys are pretty exclusive: you won't get one if you pre-order now, and there's no word from Relic on whether Dawn of War 3 will get an open beta before April 27.
The developer also unveiled the system requirements, which are fairly low for 2017's standards. Dawn of War 3 will support Windows 7, but it won't support 32-bit OS installs.
- 64-bit Windows 7
- 3GHz Intel Core i3 CPU or equivalent
- 4GB RAM
- 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 460/AMD Radeon 6950 or equivalent DX11 GPU
- 64-bit Windows 10
- 3GHz Intel Core i5 CPU or equivalent
- 8GB RAM
- 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/AMD Radeon 7970 or equivalent DX11 GPU
Not the most strenuous of games, then. The one sticking point here is that Steam, which is currently listing DOW3 for $US67.99, says Relic's latest RTS won't unlock until April 28. That could mean that anyone who buys DOW3 in-store won't actually be able to play the game until the following day, presuming DOW3 works through Steam just like every other Relic game has. I've flicked the game's local distributors a question to see what the situation is there, but from a retail perspective, April 27 is the official launch date.