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Relic and THQ have announced the second official standalone expansion pack for Dawn of War 2, titled “Redemption.” They revealed that the expansion would, as tradition dictates, include new multiplayer maps, units and a whole new as yet unrevealed faction.
What should definitely get existing fans excited, though, is the ability to play the campaign as any of the existing races, a la Dark Crusade or Soulstorm. The original Dawn of War and its first expansion, Winter Assault, included linear campaigns, though Winter Assault had campaigns for the forces of Order and Disorder. The third and fourth expansions, Dark Crusade and Soulstorm, featured Risk-style map-based campaigns, where players could maneuver their forces and acquire territory using any of the races included. Dawn of War 2 returned to the single-race campaign, which was an interesting mixture of story-driven and non-linear map based campaign, although it was a little shallow. Chaos Rising continued this trend, but it was even more linear.
Fans have been clamouring for the chance to use the other races in single-player, especially due to the additional RPG elements in upgrading squads abilities and loadouts, something until now restricted to the Space Marines.
Retribution will be available in March 2011. Keep your eyes fixed on Player Affinity for more information as it becomes available.