Relic announced today that Dawn of War III players will soon be challenged to wipe their foes clean off the map as the game’s Annihilation Mode arrives on June 20th. The new mode will offer a classic take on RTS multiplayer, bolstered with the arrival of buildable turrets, a new map, and free skin pack.
According to the press release, Annihilation is great for those looking for a classic multiplayer feel, but is also a perfect playground for squaring off against the AI. The game isn’t over until one team has lost all of their core structures, giving you lots of chances to rebuild for the comeback.
Annihilation with Defenses will give you a head start in base protection. Faction-specific turrets will defend your base from predetermined locations, buying you time to build up your army.
In Annihilation Classic, you don’t start with turrets but you can still build them if you’ve taken one of the new doctrines.
Three new doctrines – one per faction – will be added and unlocked for all players. These doctrines will be available across all multiplayer modes and maps, not just Annihilation.
This new update will also bring some new skins and a new map that will be playable across all modes.
New Skins – Engines of Annihilation
House Raven – Imperial Knight Paladin: Close allies of the Techpriests of Mars, the Imperial Knights of House Raven stand against the enemies of Man, bringing devastation to challengers.
Exalted – Ranged Wraithknight: Shining in specially designed wraithbone, the Exalted Wraithknight is a glorious agent of the Craftworld.
Deathskulls – Gorkanaut: Deathskulls are the premier looters and scavengers among the Orks. This Gorkanaut is the ultimate junkyard manifestation of their love for destruction.
New Map – Mortis Vale
All existing multiplayer maps have been retrofitted to play host to Annihilation showdowns, but we’re also releasing Mortis Vale – a fresh battleground designed to shine in this new mode. Its gothic atmosphere sets the tone for war, and its open design allows for strategic assaults. Mortis Vale will be available for both 2v2 and 3v3 matches across all modes.