THQ's http://www.thq-games.com/uk/news/show/3432 RTS sequel Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II.

The game's being developed exclusively for PC and is powered by an enhanced version of Relic's proprietary Essence Engine 2.0.

And for those of you that bought the recent Soustorm add-on for the original are in for a treat: you'll be able to get in on the as yet undated multiplayer beta. From the release:

In addition, THQ is pleased to announce that gamers purchasing copies of the recently released Warhammer(R) 40,000(TM): Dawn of War(R) - Soulstorm(TM) will be able to participate in an invitation-only multiplayer beta program for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II set to take place at a future date.

"The original Dawn of War and its subsequent standalone expansions have established the series as one of the industry's leading RTS franchises," said Brad Carraway, vice president, global brand management, THQ.

"Dawn of War II will re-define RTS gaming to gamers worldwide, delivering brutal frontline action and tactics, and allowing players to get straight to the action with unprecedented fast-paced RTS gameplay and a full co-op campaign, all in stunning cinematic detail."

You can check out the full press release through the link at the top of this article.

THQ announces Dawn of War II, BETA for Soulstorm owners


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