Since 1987, Warhammer 40,000 has been enthralling gamers, moving from tabletops to television screens and computer monitors.
The latest edition, Dawn of War III, is a video game being produced by Relic Entertainment and Sega in cooperation with Steam Workshop, the creators of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The futuristic, science fiction real-time strategy/MOBA game will have three playable factions upon release: The Space Marines, the Eldar, and the Orks. Gameplay will be similar to that of the Age of Empires series in that players will build bases, create units, and send their units into battle. The game is slated to be released on April 27, 2017, and can be pre-purchased on Steam—Valve Corporation’s digital distribution platform.
Warhammer 40,000 made its debut as a tabletop board game in 1987. Set in a dystopian universe, the series is known for its grim atmosphere and constant state of warfare between multiple factions. Since its 1987 introduction, seven different editions of the board game have been released, along with various supplements and expansions.
Aside from the series’ tabletop editions, twenty-nine video games set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, including titles that do not carry Warhammer 40,000 in the name (Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Eisenhorn: Xenos, and the different Space Hulk titles), have been developed. A direct-to-DVD movie was also released December 13, 2010 to mixed reviews.
Relic Entertainment—a video game development company that specializes in real-time strategy games—was founded in 1997 and was a subsidiary of THQ before being sold to Sega in 2013. The company is most known for its Homeworld, Warhammer 40,000, and Company of Heroes series.