The DoWPro Team is extremely excited to announce that Dawn of War Professional: Dark Crusade Edition (herein referred to as “DCPro”) has been finished with the release of DCpro 3.40 Final!
(DCpro 3.40 requires DC 1.2 to be installed. It will overwrite any prior DCpro installation automatically. No other DCpro patch is required apart from 3.40's .exe)
DCpro 3.20 --> DCpro 3.40 Final.......the long Journey towards excellence:
DCpro 3.20 was released Jan 15th 2008 and was a pretty exciting release marking the end of a slew of updates on the original DCpro 3.0 public release. Several months after this successful release Soulstorm was released and it was at that time the DoWpro team made a crucial decision: Either move on to SSpro or really perfect DCpro. We chose the latter - simply put we weren't going to move to SSpro until DCpro was mindblowing. Its taken a while but we've gotten there.
What you see in 3.40 is the culmination of 10months of intense redesigning, balancing and feature expansion which has resulted in DCpro being the most polished and feature packed release of DoWpro ever by a huge margin. From the outset we set about increasing the tempo and dynamic nature of the gameplay. Redesiged elements of racial tech trees to better round the races and improve their progression. We've updated to the latest version of the amazing Dawn of Skirmish AI mod. Every single unit, ability, research and structure of every race has been individually groomed to give you guys the most polished DoWpro experience possible.
However, there's more. We've gone all out in added features bundling into the 3.40 installer:
- A fully configured IRC client to allow maximum ease of reaching the DoWpro community IRC channel
- A fully functional AutoWiki created by the amazing Nicodemus. "AutoWiki ?? " you say - we've managed to provide for you a COMPLETE stats dump of DoWpro that's fully up to date with the final version listing every single important stat you could think of of any unit/building/research/ability/weapon in the game. Access to it is delivered from a shortcut on your desktop.
- We've provided a full compliment of manuals AND mp3's detailing each race of DoWpro along with some general overviews of various changes to help ease the learning curve for new players.
- Advanced new visuals to make playing DoWpro even shinier but also more intuitive with additional Fx's to represent in-game effects.
- Expanded map choices with revamped pro versions of the originals!
- Several additional units and many Heavy Weapon options on existing units that are not found in the original game
DoWpro provides not only a unique host of great features but also its trademark gameplay and balance. DoWpro 3.40 is a step up on what you've seen from the DoWpro Team before on every level. More Features. Better gameplay. Superior Balance.
DCpro 3.40 Final is the premiere DoWpro experience. If you haven't tried DoWpro before or haven't tried it in the last few weeks you're missing out.
As a sneak preview of what to expect I suggest you check out some of the amazing tech trees produced by Krix!
What is DoWpro???
I'll keep this section somewhat brief in order to keep this release notice from being too epic There's a FULL explanation in the manuals and audio guides bundled with the installer - I recommend you check those for a more expansive explanation.
However, DoWpro is a gameplay and balance redesign of DoW:DC. It's a mod project thats been running since April '05 and is widely known throughout the DoW community. The primary goal of DoWpro is to create a deeper, more exciting, balanced and competitive version of DoW. A version where players can truly immerse themselves in their chosen race and explore a multitude of possibilities. Whether you're interested in skirmish against the AI, casual games with friends online or more competitive online play - DoWpro caters for your gaming needs. We try to capture the feel of the 40k universe, bring back some of the key features of DoW vanilla (eg. hard counters, importance of morale), marry it with great gameplay and top it off with super balance and AI. DoWpro aims to cover all the bases.
We've got a very friendly and vibrant community based on IRC (irc.quakenet.org #dowpro) that is readily accessible using the IRC client bundled with DoWpro. We're also based at www.dowsanctuary.com where Robo has very kindly hosted a special DoWpro forum and replay section for years on our behalf.
Where to Get Support and Meet Players:
If you have any technical issues, or are just looking for a couple of games. please join us on the IRC chat Channel "#dowpro" on the "quakenet" server , either by using an IRC client such as MIRC, or Chatzilla (a firefox plug in) or by using the bundled client found in the DCpro 3.40 installer. If you want a game, this is the best place to find one. The most popular gaming time is from 10 to 22 GMT.
Please post your problems or any feedback in our forums at www.dowsanctuary.com.. Note that all our replays are also posted here - be sure to check out upcoming 3.40 replays!
If you are playing DCpro online, I can recommend creating a new Gamespy account with a DCpro tag, as this will help all of us finding and arranging games. The Eye Of Terror (EoT) is where we usually play, so please do come online or into the IRC and catch a few games with us. IRC is the single best place to try and find games as many players idle there throughout the day.
The X-Fire Cult is also a great means of finding other players for those who don't use IRC. The cult has over 50+ members so far, so sign up now to make it easier to find other DCPro players.
Finally - SSpro and beyond
DCpro is finished but that doesn't mean DoWpro is. SSpro is already in the works - in fact the code is already migrated and aircraft counters are being devised at the time of this release. In short SSpro 1.0 is coming. The current plan is to release SSpro 1.0 as essentially DCpro + Fliers. Dark eldar will then be added and finally SoB. This stepwise addition will permit faster release of SSpro. The advantage of having finalised DCpro is that we can literally bolt on two races FAST. So stay tuned
In the mean time please enjoy DCpro. Literally years of work has gone into getting it to this point and all of us on the DoWpro team hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.