Get ready if you are a Dawn of War fan as THQ announces that Dawn of War II: Retribution will be getting multiplayer beta and it will be open to various folks of the DOW community.

Below are the dates and details on who gets granted access to the beta:

January 31 – Beta access granted to select members of press, key community managers, and the THQ team.

February 1 – Access given to all DOW II Community site members that registered on our site before January 25 and to users who have pre-ordered the game on Steam.

February 8 – Access given to all Steam users who have bought a Dawn of War game through Steam.

Here is a quote of the official press release

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. January 17, 2011 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that a multiplayer beta for its upcoming real time strategy game, Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War® II – Retribution™, is scheduled to launch in late January.

Featuring all six multiplayer races including the new Imperial Guard faction, this beta is expected to run from the end of January throughthe end of February to test the new Steamworks networking and matchmaking features and to help balance the multiplayer mode. All new units for each race will be available in the beta along with the new multiplayer maps which ship with Retribution.

The beta is scheduled to go live on MondayJanuary 31st when global press and key Dawn of War® community members will be given access. It will then broaden to include everyone who has pre-ordered Dawn of War® II – Retribution™ on STEAM to date on February 1st. Finally, anyone who has bought a Dawn of War game through STEAM or has registered a Dawn of War II product on their STEAM account will automatically receive an invite onFebruary 8th. There will be no open registration phase to this beta.

The Dawn of War II – Retribution multiplayer beta is currently planned to run until midnight on February 24th, at which point the developers will take all feedback into account to create a day-zero balancing patch.


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