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Dawn of War 3 open beta coming this month, sign ups open now

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The grim dark RTS Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 is set to come out on April 27, but ahead of that players will have the opportunity to put the game through its paces in a multiplayer open beta test that will begin at 10 am PT on April 21 and run until 10 am PT on April 24.   

The beta will include access to all three of the game's factions—Ork, Eldar, and Space Marine—and "a selection of maps, Elite units, and Doctrines from the full game." Open beta players will also be able to equip and try out the Masters of War skins that were revealed in March alongside the announcement of the release date. The pack includes the Dark Queen skin for Lady Solaria, the Ghost Seer skin for Farseer Taldeer, and the Big Kustom skin for Beauty, and can be had for free as a preorder bonus.   

We got some hands-on time with Dawn of War 3's multiplayer action last month, and came away duly impressed. "It's a complex strategy game with lots to master, but when the game's colossal walkers lead two huge armies into a clash for an important point I get the same kick I got from such encounters in Dawn of War 1," Tom Senior wrote. "The game looks and sounds incredible."   

You can sign up for the Dawn of War 3 multiplayer open beta at dawnofwar.com

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.