What are the key differences I will experience in the Open Beta vs. the final, full game?
You will have access to all three of the game’s factions – Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks – and a selection of powerful elite heroes for each. The Open Beta will also include a number of Doctrines so you can begin to experiment in equipping your army for different strategic scenarios, and the Army Painter to customize the way they look. You can compete against other players in custom or auto-matched battles with a choice of three different maps. See below for a quick comparison.
As an added bonus, you can see the intimidating Masters of War skins in action and even try them on for size. The Dark Queen skin for Lady Solaria (Imperial Knight), the Ghost Seer skin for Farseer Taldeer (Wraithknight) and the Big Kustom skin for Beauty (Morkanaut) will all be made available for the Open Beta weekend. Pre-order to get the Masters of War Skin Pack for use in the full, released game for free.
When will the Open Beta run?
The Dawn of War III Open Beta will run from 10am PST April 21st to 10am PST April 24th.
How do I get access to the Open Beta?
Sign up here to register for the Open Beta. You will need to have or create a Relic Link account. Once you have successfully registered (don’t forget to validate your email address and ensure you are opted-in to receive emails from us!), you will receive a confirmation email that will include your unique key to access the beta. You can register for the Open Beta immediately but please bear in mind that confirmation emails will only be sent out from Wednesday 12th of April onwards.
As soon as the Open Beta is available for pre-load (see below for details), you can unlock and begin downloading it by entering your key into the Steam product activation page here. Your download will patch at 10AM PST on April 21st to complete the installation. Then, you’ll be able to double click the desktop icon, or click play in Steam, to boot the game and get started!
Some people seem to be already playing. What’s that about?
We’ll be holding one more very small scale closed testing period the weekend of April 7-10, so we can create some cool content to help you all to come in prepared, and to help us iron out kinks before we open it up to everyone! Stay patient, and use the time to get ready for battle!
Will I be able to pre-load the Open Beta content?
Yes. You will be able to download and partially install the Open Beta from 10am PST on April 18th onwards. Then, when the beta begins at 10AM PST on April 21st, the final files will be downloaded and installation can be completed.
What should I do if I don’t receive a key via email?
Confirmation emails will be sent out from Wednesday 12th of April onwards. Please check the filter settings on your email account and that you have entered your details correctly. Also don’t forget to validate your email address and ensure you are opted-in to receive emails from us!
If you’re still having trouble please contact SEGA Customer Support here.
I pre-ordered, will I still have to sign up for the Open Beta?
Yes. You will need to sign up to the Open Beta in order to be granted access.
Can I get more than one key?
No. Only one unique key will be assigned to each player account.
Will progression be re-set at launch?
Yes. To ensure all players are given a fair and even starting point from release, whether they have participated in the beta or not, we will re-set all progression at the end of the Open Beta.
What’s the minimum hardware specification?
See our minimum and recommended hardware specifications here.
Will the beta be localized?
Mostly. We have tried to ensure that most interface text and subtitles within the Open Beta are localized into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Turkish, Czech, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
What gameplay regions is the Open Beta available in?
It will be available in all the same regions as the full game. Click here for details.
Can I stream or create content about the Open Beta?
Yes. Please feel free to stream and share your experiences from April 21st when Open Beta begins.
I have feedback about something I experience in the Open Beta. How can I share my thoughts?
The best place to leave your feedback is on the official Dawn of War forums. Developers, moderators, and community members are all part of the discussion – join the conversation to let your voice be heard!