Dawn of War III Told to Look to Its Own Defences

By Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2018 0

After eight months, Relic and SEGA have announced that they won’t be moving forward with plans to produce expansions, or other major content, for their big-budget 40K RTS Dawn of War III.

 

This was confirmed in a statement to Eurogamer issued at the end of last week, repeated below:

"While Dawn of War 3 has a dedicated player base, it didn't hit the targets we were expecting at launch, and it hasn't performed the way we had hoped since. It's been tough for us as professionals who want to make great games for our players, and for us as people who care a lot about what we do.

When a game underperforms, plans need to change. With Dawn of War 3, we simply don't have the foundation we need to produce major content. We're working in close partnership with Sega and Games Workshop to determine the best course of action, while shifting focus to other projects within our portfolio."

Despite our concerns over what Dawn of War III meant in terms of the long-term direction of the franchise, we still gave it 4 Stars in our review. It’s clear though the community itself weren’t as optimistic about the game as we were.

On Steam, global reviews placed the game at a 49% ‘Mixed’ rating, although that’s plummeted to 24% ‘Mostly Negative’ in the last 30 days, possibly in response to the news.

Want to see what else we wrote about Dawn of War III? Check out our Codex Hub!

We doubt that DoW3 is going out-right abandoned – the statement is clear that they are discussing the game’s future. Hopefully the loyal core of users who are still playing the game will still have a community to engage with when the dust has settled.

Relic, meanwhile, will be moving on to bigger and better things; they’re working on Age of Empires IV as well as an unannounced project.

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