THQ NEWS: Dawn of War 3 to be “more MMO-Like”
THQ core games boss Danny Bilson has started to talk details on Dawn of War 3, and it looks to have a big shift in character…
The juicy bits…
Bilson previously told EuroGamer that Dawn of War 3 will “have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like.”
Bilson gave a rough estimate for a release date, too, saying the game will likely ship sometime between August 2012 and February 2013.
Bilson originally said that Dawn of War 3 might end up being “a more digital free-to-play experience,” depending on the success of Company of Heroes Online. CoHO closed down earlier this year, suggesting the new Dawn of War game won’t be free to play, but we could still see features cross over from Relic’s Company of Heroes experiment.
CoHO featured persistent hero units that could be levelled up between multiplayer encounters, unlocking new battlefield abilities in the process. The game also featured a player avatar that could be upgraded to unlock powerful, limited use battlefield abilities like air-strikes. It will be interesting to see if Relic bring any of these multiplayer RPG elements into Dawn of War 3′s multiplayer mode to make it a more “MMO-like” experience.
Relic might also be looking closely at the success of the Last Stand mode, which replaces Dawn of War’s armies with a single hero. Last Stand was released as a standalone game on Steam earlier this year.
~Have at it folks. So what did you think of DoW2 with months of hindsight?