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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Relic
Release Date: Feb. 19, 2009

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'Dawn of War II' v1.5 Patch Rolled Out, Goes Halfsies on Steam, D2D

by Rainier on July 30, 2009 @ 4:26 p.m. PDT

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is set in the grim, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe -- a dark, futuristic, science-fiction setting where armies of technologically advanced warriors, fighting machines and hordes of implacable aliens wage constant war. Developed by Relic Entertainment, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II ushers in a new chapter in the RTS series, as ancient races -- including the dauntless Space Marines and savage Orks -- clash across ruined worlds on a mission to claim the galaxy and preserve their own existence.
On Thursday, July 30th at 11:00 AM PST (19:00 GMT) all Dawn of War II owners will receive the massive 'There is Only War' update, complete with new features, new content, balance updates, and bug fixes.

'There is Only War' adds eight new maps to Dawn of War II, increasing the total map count to eighteen. The update also comes with the official release of World Builder, the Dawn of War II map editor. Now fans can create their own custom maps and wage war on community-created battlefields.

Relic also introduced a massive balance update to Dawn of War II's multiplayer by retuning and diversifying unit roles, adding new abilities, and fixing many bugs and exploits. The balance update has been a result of the continued dedication to supporting Dawn of War II and the enormous amount of feedback received from the community during the 'There is Only War' beta in early July.

The new observer and referee options let spectators watch multiplayer battles and see the status of all players from a neutral perspective.

There is Only War Release Notes 1.5.0

World Builder
• Added the World Builder how-to guide to the root directory
• Fixed a bug where adding a horizon-mesh would cause World Builder to crash

Observer Feature
• Pressing ESC now gets rid of the observer/replay attention arrow. If a unit is selected and an arrow is present, pressing ESC deselects the units. Pressing it again removes the arrow
• Selecting the HQ displays the player's current tech tier

Balance Changes

Tyranid Balance Changes
• The Ravener Alpha's Hardened Carapace grants 100 health
• Both Carnifexes cannot be repaired
• Sporemine durability vs. small arms increased from 60 to 150 hp
• Screamer Killer Venom Cannon damage increased to 75 from 55 and removes the Spore Cysts ability
• Tier 2 Carnifex damage increased from 200 to 250
• Zoanthrope damage increased from 70 to 80, energy cost reduction on Focus Blast from 80 to 65
• Termagant damage increase on Toxin Sacs upgrade from 1.2 to 1.35
• Tyranid Warriors' hitpoints increased from 320 to 360, Barbed Strangler damage decreased to 45 from 60
• Hive Tyrant's Venom Cannon damage decreased from 75 to 55

Ork Balance Changes

• Slugga Nob damage reduced to 85, Nob Squad Choppa damage increased to 100
• The Kommando knife no longer refunds energy and resets cooldown after killing a target
• Warboss' big stomp radius UI was changed to 10 m
• Warboss' Kustom Shoota can now fire on the move
• Warboss' Angry Bits health regeneration lowered from 1.5 to 1, cooldown from 15 seconds to 30
• Tankbusta population cost lowered 4 to 3
• Slugga Nob Leader damage lowered (due to accidental buff)
• Warboss Stomp damage lowered 40 to 30
• Kommando Nob Leader's hammer damage increased 100 to 175
• Slugga damage increased to 25

Space Marine Balance Changes

• Scouts can now repair while using a sniper rifle
• Set the Apothecary's Rapid Fire ability to no longer knockback retreating units
• Force Commander with Terminator Armor now has a Cleansing Flame ability on his heavy flamer (costs 50 energy)
• Purification Rights damage decreased from 30 to 15
• Relay Beacon health regeneration rate decreased .4 to .15
• Force Commander's hitpoints increased from 720 to 820
• Tactical Marine bolter damage decreased to 25
• Tactical marine melee damage reduced from 22 to 19
• Purification rites no longer affects retreating units

Eldar Balance Changes

• Spiritual rites radius UI was changed to 15m
• The Fire Prism's explosive shot no longer affects retreating units
• Warpspider squad member hitpoints slightly reduced from 200 to 160, Exarchs from 240 to 200
• Fire Prism's Focus Beam cooldown reduced from 4.5 to 3 seconds
• Debuff removed from Immolator
• Warp Spider Exarch's Improved Targets are moved to tier 1
• Banshee's damage increased to 35 from 33

General Balance Changes

• Zeal/Biomass/Psychic Might/Waaagh! amount from killing/losing units increased by 20%
• Piercing damage modifier vs. Heavy armor decreased to 67%
• Turret damage at long range increased from .15 to .3
• Turrets inflict increased supression, have a minimum range of 2 m, armor type changed to be more vulnerable from small arms fire .01 to .2
• Suppression weapons received the following changes:
• Setup and teardown times reduced by 1 second respectively
• 0.2 to 0.3 at long range
• 1 to 1.25 at medium range
• 2 to 2.75 at short range
• Suppression damage increased from 300 to 400

Bug Fixes

Tyranid Bug Fixes

• Fixed a bug where Bioplasma would not fire if targeted units ran out of the line of sight
• Fixed the broken image on the Ravener Alpha's 'exit tunnel' 'cancel construction' ability

Ork Bug Fixes

• Shoota Boyz Aiming? Wotz Dat? tool tip no longer mentions immobility
• Nob squad tool tip mentions Meaner an' Greener instead of Nob Kit
• Kommando squad tool tip no longer mentions Kommando Kit

Space Marine Bug Fixes

• The Dreadnought's auto cannon ability previews its energy cost properly

Eldar Bug Fixes

• The Farseer's Ghosthelm tool tip no longer mentions damage to self, mentions suppression
• The Farseer's Mindwar tool tip mentions suppression
• Warpspider Exarch powerblades tool tip mentions they are effective against infantry

UI Bugs

• Added a missing tooltip for observers in the multiplayer games list
• Fixed a bug causing player loading bars to be cut off in 1280×1024 resolutions

Performance Bugs

• Fixed a bug that disallowed users with high-end machines to set their graphics settings to "Ultra"
• Fixed a fatal scar error involving Anti Armor in the campaign

Gameplay Bugs

• Fixed an exploit where repeatedly setting up and tearing down the Ranger's sniper rifle would increase the unit's firing rate
• Fixed a bug involving melee units targeting retreating units
• Stabilized randomness of units using special attacks
• Fixed an exploit where players could make units at the HQ retreat "towards" a relay beacon in the field
• Fixed a bug where clicking on a hero's portrait would render targetable abilities unusable

Map Fixes

• Fixed an exploit in (6p) Ruins of Argus where players could build structures and move units in an impassible area

Post-game bugs

• Fixed a bug where incorrect trueskill values were shown after viewing a player's statistics screen in the post-game
• Fixed a crash that occurred when viewing another player's statistics during a game-starting countdown

Networking Improvements

• Fixed a networking bug that caused users to lag and disconnect due to a proxy communication problem

 


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