News: Dawn of War III Tie-ins From Black Library and Titan Comics Announced

Remember the golden year of 2005 when Relic Entertainment unleashed the phenomenon that was Dawn of War? I do! As a fan of the comics and novels for several years, Dawn of War was the perfect game for me for a number of reasons: I love RTS games, I love Warhammer 40,000, and their love-child was definitely going to be great. That was my working theory when I started playing Dawn of War and I was floored. Everything about the game, whether cutscenes or story or mechanics or gameplay or design or whatever, it was all top-notch. One of the most cathartic gaming experiences of my life. The games that followed, especially Dawn of War II: Dark Crusade just improved on that and I couldn’t be happier really. If there was any sore spot at all however, the tie-in novels from writer C. S. Goto were the anomaly. Tortorous and convoluted stories that seemed to do strange things with the lore, they are among the most unpopular of novels published by Black Library to date. But that’s all going to change, and here’s why.

Exactly five months to the day, Relic Entertainment announced that it was working on Dawn of War III and released the above trailer to the masses, causing a storm in the video game circles everywhere. The previous games are regarded highly, are considered among the best of their genre, and are tied to a fairly well-liked setting. And just in the last couple days we have received some more news about the game, namely that Black Library has hired author Robbie MacNiven to write the tie-in novel, and that Titan Comics will be doing the same for the comics medium. Cue more excitement and gushing and fangasming. Check after the break for the official announcements.



Titan and Games Workshop explore a new battlefield – based on the smash-hit video game!

Prepare for a new dawn! In celebration of the upcoming and highly anticipated Dawn of War III real-time strategy game, Titan Comics and Games Workshop join forces to deliver a brand-new four issue comic mini-series in April 2017. Titan’s brand-new Dawn of War III comic mini-series comes hot on the heels of the phenomenal Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron ongoing series, which launched earlier this year.

Written by Ryan O’Sullivan (Eisenhorn: Xenos, Turncoat) and illustrated by Daniel Indro (Vikings: Uprising, Doctor Who), the Dawn of War III mini-series will tie-in to the colossal Dawn of War real-time-strategy games, produced by Relic Entertainment with Sega and Games Workshop, in which players command armies of the Space Marines, Orks, and the Eldar to dominate the battlefield!

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War was a critical and commercial hit in 2005, followed by the release of Dawn of War II: Retribution in 2009.

“I’ve been a fan of Warhammer 40,000 and all of its games for as long as I can remember,” said writer Ryan O’Sullivan. “What I enjoy about the Dawn of War series in particular, other than the ability to purge heretics, is that the games have a decade-long narrative filled with ongoing characters and conflicts. I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute towards such a story, and I hope fans of the previous games will enjoy seeing familiar faces back in action on the pages of the comic.”

Titan’s Dawn of War III comic series tells an all-new tale in parallel to that of the video game story, which sees three factions – the Blood Ravens Space Marines, the Eldar, and a fearsome Ork horde – converging on a planet where a weapon of devastating power has been unearthed.

Titan’s Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III mini-series will be available for pre-order in February’s Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue. To keep up with the latest news and developments, join Titan Comics on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Tumblr.


Can we just take a moment to admire this amazing cover by Ørjan Svendsen? This is the primary cover for the first issue of the new mini-series, and I absolute adore this. The focus on the primary character is very action-oriented and puts you right into the middle of a shoot-out in proper Warhammer 40,000 and there is plenty of iconic things with the design of the cover in general that make me really excited for this. Yes, I’m a huge Warhammer 40,000 fan and I don’t deny it. Plus some of my favourite memories of the franchise in general are from the comics media, and I have high hopes for this one as well.


Moving on, the second piece of news regarding Dawn of War 3 is that author Robbie MacNiven, who joined the ranks of Black Library’s cadre of creatives little over a year ago, will be writing the official tie-in novel for the game. While an official announcement hasn’t yet been made by Black Library (which is Games Workshop’s publishing arm), Robbie shared the news on his social media a few days ago with the following picture:

dawn-of-war-iiiI think this is pretty damn exciting. As I said above, the Goto novels are poorly-regarded in most corners of the Dawn of War fandom, what with playing so fast-and-loose with the established canon and proposing some really weird theories about the Blood Ravens and Chaos and Eldar among other things. This however points to a new positive chapter in the franchise. I have personally yet to read any of Robbie’s published contributions, but I’ve known him for a few years now and given the positive reactions that I’ve seen in the last year or so, I trust him with this responsibility. The powers-that-be are much wiser today than they were ten years ago, and I hope that they’ve learned the lessons of the last endeavour.

Overall, this is all really great news for the Dawn of War franchise. As disconnected I am with the larger video game market in general, I feel as if the timing of the game and its tie-ins is spot-on. With some of the other news that has come out of Games Workshop recently, there is a big push being made to revive the Warhammer 40,000 game across different media and I am more excited about this than I’ve been in years. Let’s hope for the best!


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