The PC Gaming show kicked off with an expanded look at Dawn of War 3, the bleak real-time strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. In case you wondered how big a deal that is, there was even a real-life Space Marine on stage, bolstered by his fanatical devotion to the God-Emperor of Mankind. Honestly, you could see it in the way he waved.
It takes place on a new planet called Acheron, named after the ancient Greek ‘river of woe.’ The new gameplay footage showed everything fans demand from a 40k game - drop pods thundering from the skies, ancient weapons for shattering alien foes and plenty of fire and death. There was also a glimpse at a huge, horribly-effective orbital laser. This can apparently be controlled by players, and it gets bigger as it does more damage. Think of it like the worm in , but with more alien genocide.
More details were revealed about the story mode. Players will again take control of the not-too-subtly named Gabriel Angelos - middle name David Boreanaz - the chapter master of the Blood Ravens. He’s part of a story mode which will feature three heroes, all representing different armies. The most impressive thing, though, was Lady Soleria - a hulking, heavily armoured Imperial Knight, which stomped towards the Eldar line, shredding them with gatling cannon.
Warhammer 40, 000: Dawn of War 3 is set for release in 2017. In the meantime, you can look forward to more footage of the E3 mission on June 24th.