As people may or may not have noticed, Dawn of War has received updates. Yes, the original Dawn of War.
I’ll give the screaming legions of fanboys a moment to settle themselves, including myself.
Back to the newspost. This update goes out to all Steam versions of Dawn of War (more information on that later on). Primarily it removes the dying Gamespy, that benevolent and much-loved MP backend we pretty weren’t amazingly fond of. Less with Gamespy, more with Steamworks (more on that as well, later)!
It probably includes various other bits and fixes, Dark Crusade in particular receiving a notable upgrade to have full widescreen support (from the stretched fake widescreen it used to have).
Trying to get more information on the subject, I reached out to Noun, from Relic Entertainment. Thankfully he was able to take time out of his schedule to answer a few questions on the subject.
Gorb: Will there be further patches, specifically to DoW 1, beyond what some have had already?
Noun: Yes, there will be further work on the Dawn of War series. We’re comitted to moving them over to a combination of our own Battle Servers and Steamworks as we did with the original Company of Heroes.
The first DoW will recieve more updates as we work to fix any issues or bugs that the transition has caused.
Gorb: Will they be Steam version only?
Noun: Yes, going forward the Dawn of War games will be Steam based.
Gorb: Likely to see patch notes, however boring they are?
Noun: At some point we’ll have a bug list where we’ll track issues we’re tackling. We’re not sure on Patch Notes at this point since it’s a lot of stuff and none of it really is user visible.
Gorb: Anything upcoming you’re allowed to talk about, i.e. a website? :p
Noun: There will be a new website. It’s coming. More details on that next week.
We’ll also have forums! But those will take a bit longer because we’re going to be looking at a few different types of forum software.
Gorb: Will there be Steam support for the older DoW games for older gamers? Only SS is redeemable currently.
Noun: They should all be redeemable if you put your original key into Steam. We haven’t heard of issues, but if you have links to people reporting them let me know and we can investigate.
Gorb: Noted, fantastic. I think that’s everything. I only asked about patch notes because DC has an updated engine and wide-screen support. Are we likely to see this in vDoW and WA? I understand if you don’t know at this point
Noun: The games are pretty close to how they’re going to be now. So the main work has focused on moving the servers over. There’s still work to do there in regards to Automatch and Leaderboards, but it’s not likely that we’ll be adding in wide-screen support at this point for the older DoW games.
Gorb: Excellent! Thanks for your time, I know how precious it always is!
Noun: No problem. You’ll be seeing more of me soon ;)
And that concludes the update for the Dawn of War series! Hopefully we’ll have more to share in the coming weeks :)