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The Warhammer 40,000 RTS returns

Dawn of War 3, the next game in Relic Entertainment's real-time strategy game series based on Warhammer 40,000, is coming in 2017. Sega, Relic and Games Workshop announced Dawn of War 3 today in the form of a cinematic trailer that promises death, destruction and some of the biggest units ever featured in a Dawn of War game.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 will combine "the epic scale" of the original Dawn of War, released in 2004, with the customization and elite heroes of Dawn of War 2, Sega said in a release. Players will be able to command massive units like the Space Marines' Imperial Knight, the Ork Gorkanaut and the Eldar Wraithknight, and deploy destructive abilities like Orbital Bombardment, Ork Rokks and Eldritch Storm.

"This is the Dawn of War that fans have been waiting for," said executive producer Stephen MacDonald in a statement. "Our biggest units ever? Check. Giant orbital lasers? Check. Base-building, epic heroes, huge battles, it's all in there. Get ready for the biggest Dawn of War yet. For the Emperor!"

Dawn of War 3 will be the first game in the series produced by Relic as a Sega-owned studio. The company did not specify a release date for the PC game.

Check out the game's debut trailer above for a look at the battles between Space Marines, Eldar and Ork that result in a shower of corpses and fallen units.