UPDATE: The Last Standalone and Retribution will receive the same updates simultaneously, DOW publisher THQ informed us this morning.
If I were the God Emperor, I’d be smiling at Relic. The (mostly) real-time-strategy development studio announced plans yesterday to release a cheaper, standalone experience based on Dawn Of War II - Retribution's “Horde” mode, The Last Stand. It's called The Last Standalone, and it's now available on Steam for $9.99.
The Last Standalone is ripped straight from Retribution, so if you already have the game, this is safe to skip over. However, if you don't have Retribution and want to buy The Last Standalone, you’ll be able to “upgrade” the game to Retribution at a “reduced price.”
== TEASER ==The goal of The Last Standalone is to introduce new players to the core game, Retribution, via this cheaper, tighter and less complex experience.
“We saw this as a unique opportunity to introduce new players to the Dawn of War franchise as well as expanding the player base for the already popular Last Stand mode,” producer Jeff Lydell said in the announcement press release.
The one question I have is if Retribution or the Last Standalone will receive updates that the other won't. I have a feeling that Relic won't be boning owners of either game, but I fired off an e-mail to THQ to check, just in case.