Hear that sound? It's Chaos Rising turning gold

by: Chad -
The much anticipated expansion, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising, has gone gold.  THQ figuratively threw up their hands and said, "It's alive!"  That means that we are still on schedule to hit the launch date of March 11, 2010.

Chaos Rising features a new playable race called the Chaos Space Marines.  There's a new single player campaign and an increased level cap from 20 to 30.  The original game has received much praise from gamers and Chuck really liked his look at Chaos Rising earlier this month.  So, this news should make everyone's Tuesday a little brighter.
Warhammer® 40,000TM: Dawn of War® II - Chaos RisingTM Goes Gold

THQ and Relic Entertainment to Deliver Standalone Expansion to 2009's Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year*, Dawn of War II

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb 22, 2010: THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced Warhammer® 40,000TM: Dawn of War® II - Chaos RisingTM, the highly anticipated standalone chapter in the critically acclaimed Real-Time Strategy (RTS) series, has reached the gold master stage of development and entered manufacturing. Developed by award-winning internal studio Relic® Entertainment, Chaos Rising features the traitorous Chaos Space Marines army as a playable race, a new single-player campaign, a level cap increase from 20 to 30, more powerful war-gear and a suite of innovative multiplayer options. Scheduled for a nationwide release at all major retail and online outlets on March 11, 2010, Chaos Rising will be available as a Games for Windows LIVE® PC title for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

"Chaos Rising is the perfect follow up to Dawn of War II, 2009's RTS Game of the Year, offering an incredible amount of new content for an amazing value," said Travis Plane, Vice President of Global Brand Management, THQ. "Relic Entertainment is the industry's leading RTS developer and will once again deliver bone-crushing action, breathtaking visuals and unprecedented innovation in the genre."

"Chaos Rising builds on the success of Dawn of War II to create a truly epic and memorable experience for fans and newcomers alike," said Jonathan Dowdeswell, General Manager, Relic Entertainment. "The game features an intense single player campaign with 15 action-packed missions and introduces our most brutal multiplayer army yet, the Chaos Space Marines."

About Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising

Set in the grim, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop's vast Warhammer 40,000 science fiction universe, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising transports players into the midst of an intergalactic war between ancient enemies. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising introduces the Chaos Space Marines as a new playable army, continues the single player campaign from the original Dawn of War II with 15 new missions, delivers all new wargear and raises the level cap from 20 to 30. Relic Entertainment will also deliver new multiplayer maps and new units for the Orks, Eldar, Tyranids and Space Marines. For more information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising, please visit http://www.dawnofwar2.com.

About Games Workshop

Games Workshop is the world's largest tabletop wargames company. Based in Nottingham, UK, it designs, manufactures and distributes its range of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games, miniature soldiers, novels and resin models through more than 355 of its own Hobby centers, mail order, Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at http://www.games-workshop.com. Games Workshop, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising, the foregoing marks' respective logos, and all associated marks, logos, places, names, creatures, races and race insignia/devices/logos/symbols, vehicles, locations, weapons, units and unit insignia, characters, products, illustrations and images are either ®, TM and/or © Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2010. Used under license. All Rights Reserved.

About THQ

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