Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Winter Assault

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Winter Assault is the first expansion for Dawn of War. It was developed by Relic Entertainment and released by THQ on September 23, 2005.

Winter Assault adds 12 more missions of campaign play and the Imperial Guard as a fully playable faction for both single-player and multiplayer. Major multiplayer balance changes were made as well. The expansion functions as a mod for the original game and cannot be run without it.

Single-player features[edit]

Winter Assault contains two new single-player campaigns, one for Order (Imperial Guard and Eldar) and one for Disorder (Chaos Space Marines and Orks). Each campaign has five missions with two alternatives for the final one, meaning a total of 12 if all options are explored by the player.

In the Order campaign, the player will control both Imperial Guard and Eldar troops in the first three missions, switching between factions at scripted key points. In the fourth mission, the player can switch freely between factions. The faction that wins this mission will proceed to the fifth mission, which has two different versions for the Guard and Eldar. The Disorder campaign is much the same with Chaos and Orks; factions are force-switched for the first three missions, then freely switched in the fourth, and the winner goes to their version of the fifth mission.

The fifth mission features the first appearance of the Necrons in a Dawn of War title. They only have two units – the Warrior and the Monolith – and are unavailable in multiplayer. However, the next expansion (Dark Crusade) would soon introduce them as a full faction.

The campaign missions in Winter Assault are markedly more challenging than the original Dawn of War missions, requiring the player to cope with limited units, time limits, or overwhelming enemy waves.

Multiplayer features[edit]

  • Imperial Guard added
  • Unit upgrades limited
  • Chaplain for Space Marines
  • Mega Armored Nobz for Orks
  • Fire Dragon Squad for Eldar
  • Khorne Berserkers for Chaos



Reviews for Winter Assault were generally positive, with a 85% rating from Metacritic. No major flaws or issues were complained of, and some reviews considered it one of the best RTS games ever.

  • Metacritic: 85% [1]
  • Gamespot: 8.3/10 [2]
  • Gamespy: 4.5/5 [3]
  • IGN: 8.5/10 [4]
  • 1UP.com: A [5] and B+ [6]

Alternative editions[edit]

  • The expansion was also published in an alternative box that mentions the "Game of the Year" title won by Dawn of War
  • The Gold Edition bundled Winter Assault together with the original Dawn of War (March 31, 2006)
  • The Platinum Edition added Dark Crusade to the bundle in November 2006
  • Dawn of War: Anthology was the Platinum Edition in a different box, relesed in 2006
  • Dawn of War: The Complete Collection added the final expansion, Soulstorm, in March 2008