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Relic Turning Retribution's Last Stand Mode Into A Standalone Game [Updated]

The name? The Last Standalone. Not kidding, man.

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.
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Posted by BradNicholson
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.
Posted by ColinWright

Thats awesome

Posted by heatDrive88

I almost kind of wish they had maybe something similar for XBLA or PSN or whatever, although I have no idea how that would control.

Posted by Yummylee

lmao The Last Standalone sounds like it could an expansion to Two Worlds Two, with the spin off titled Dragon's Dogma.









SILLY NAMES, YA'LL!!!
Posted by TheHT
@heatDrive88 said:
" I almost kind of wish they had maybe something similar for XBLA or PSN or whatever, although I have no idea how that would control. "
Voice controlled of course. All units.
Posted by Little_Socrates

That's great. I'll get this when I don't have MK to play through.

Posted by shintsurugi

"While the enemies of the Emperor still draw breath, there shall be no peace."


Man, I want to play as Gabriel Angelos in this mode...
Posted by Oedipus

Yo, there was a version of The Last Stand on the original game, non-expansioned game, Dawn of War II. Have they changed it at all in this newer, Retribution version? Mainly: are all the unlocks the same? And did they add, say, more than one map?

Posted by Buckwatters

Of course Relic named it that, what else were they going to call it?

Posted by GreyFox
@Oedipus:
A new map, new hero, and two new achievement related unlocks for every hero.
Posted by phrosnite

This is an awesome mode. I have spend over 100 hours playing it in vDoW2 and Chaos Rising. Relic are making the right choice.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

lol, how clever of them. This is pretty cool, and anyone not willing to drop the money on the DoW II games should pick this up, it's very fun.

Posted by heatDrive88
@TheHT said:
" @heatDrive88 said:
" I almost kind of wish they had maybe something similar for XBLA or PSN or whatever, although I have no idea how that would control. "
Voice controlled of course. All units. "
Hahaha, I lol'd, even knowing fully that ALL UNITS would still control just one unit. Whether your sarcasm on that front was intended or not, I still salute you.
Posted by TermlessHalo

I would buy it. But I already own it.

Posted by Shaunage

The guy responsible for that title needs to become responsible for titling the next Fast and Furious movie. With the series in the borderline-ludicrous state it is after the fifth movie (not necessarily a negative review, there), I'm kind of hoping for 6 Fast 6 Furious.

Posted by KaosAngel

Smart idea.  Last Stand is the only thing I do in DOW2, the RTS multi-player isn't that good compared to SC2 and I always felt like I was only buying DOW2 for story loot and Last Stand.

Posted by mewarmo990
@Oedipus said:
" Yo, there was a version of The Last Stand on the original game, non-expansioned game, Dawn of War II. Have they changed it at all in this newer, Retribution version? Mainly: are all the unlocks the same? And did they add, say, more than one map? "
Chaos Rising added Chaos and Tyranid heroes. Retribution adds an Imperial Guard hero and a new map. New unlocks for all existing heroes, as well.
Edited by l3illyl3ob

Last Stand could totally work on XBLA/PSN.  Keep in mind, in this mode you only have control over a single hero, it's more Diablo-esque than an RTS, really, there are no units.  It's even more minimalistic than the single player campaign.  Maybe this is them testing the waters to see if a stand-alone Last Stand could work elsewhere.

Posted by KarlPilkington

So many high-fives in that board room.

Posted by phrosnite
@KaosAngel said:
" ...the RTS multi-player isn't that good compared to SC2... "
There are a lot of people who would disagree.
Posted by Ruckus_inc

cool...

Posted by pavakah

Only expansions from here on out.  At least we got Portal 2 and MK before the cut-off.

Posted by avantegardener

Love the name (as I am a sucker for bullshit), but why not invest in the full thing if your curious, it to dear for mere speculation.

Posted by ajamafalous

Oh fuck I'm so tempted. Spent about 80% of my 100 hours in DoW2 and Chaos Rising in The Last Stand.

Posted by KaosAngel
@ajamafalous said:
" Oh fuck I'm so tempted. Spent about 80% of my 100 hours in DoW2 and Chaos Rising in The Last Stand. "
It's worth it.  30 bucks for the complete game, or 10 bucks for the mode people only played.
Posted by tourgen

pretty good idea.  I get the feeling not a lot of people tried this game, but a $10 short-version could really pull in some cash.

Posted by Infininja

I think you linked to the wrong "horde." :p

Posted by MeatSim

This seems like a really good idea.

Posted by Lamashtu
@KaosAngel said:
" Smart idea.  Last Stand is the only thing I do in DOW2, the RTS multi-player isn't that good compared to SC2 and I always felt like I was only buying DOW2 for story loot and Last Stand. "

As a hardcore competitive RTS fanatic from the tradition of CoH, CnC Generals, and my current poison, DoW 2, I'd say that Dawn of War is superior in its micro game (as in, the actual fighting part of an RTS). For a newer player, its positioning, cover, and stance mechanics make much more visual sense than in SC2, where things like high-ground advantage are relatively abstracted. And, the different synergies with hero and army builds are enough to create a pretty in-depth meta-game. 


I also think CoH and Dawn of War do a much better job of portraying armies in line with how a new player expect an army to function. For instance, an MG-42 or a Shuriken Platform in the Relic games don't just kill things at a slightly faster rate than your basic infantry; with their ability to suppress an entire blob of infantry, forcing them to retreat,  they function as area denial weapon. And you can't just have a bunch of riflemen squads take down a Tiger tank on their own  (unless you got sticky-bombs) like you could a Carrier with massed Marines in SC2, you need a dedicated anti-tank unit like a 57mm field gun, bazookas, or a Wolverine Tank hunter.

Posted by Vorbis

Had really hoped they would do this, it always had potential to be a DOTA style game but they kept it stuck to the RTS that isn't attractive to many people. Maybe now I can get my friends to try it.

Posted by Seedofpower

Sigh i love how i posted this yeatarday and no one responds. Then finally Brad posts it the next day.

Posted by zityz
@Lamashtu said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" Smart idea.  Last Stand is the only thing I do in DOW2, the RTS multi-player isn't that good compared to SC2 and I always felt like I was only buying DOW2 for story loot and Last Stand. "

As a hardcore competitive RTS fanatic from the tradition of CoH, CnC Generals, and my current poison, DoW 2, I'd say that Dawn of War is superior in its micro game (as in, the actual fighting part of an RTS). For a newer player, its positioning, cover, and stance mechanics make much more visual sense than in SC2, where things like high-ground advantage are relatively abstracted. And, the different synergies with hero and army builds are enough to create a pretty in-depth meta-game. 


I also think CoH and Dawn of War do a much better job of portraying armies in line with how a new player expect an army to function. For instance, an MG-42 or a Shuriken Platform in the Relic games don't just kill things at a slightly faster rate than your basic infantry; with their ability to suppress an entire blob of infantry, forcing them to retreat,  they function as area denial weapon. And you can't just have a bunch of riflemen squads take down a Tiger tank on their own  (unless you got sticky-bombs) like you could a Carrier with massed Marines in SC2, you need a dedicated anti-tank unit like a 57mm field gun, bazookas, or a Wolverine Tank hunter.

"
This, also just pick chaos, they're still a beefy race.
Last Stand is a good alternative to people who rather co-op than bother trying to learn the mutli-player. It's a lot different to SC2 that's for sure but it's a fantastic experience on it's own.
Posted by Wuddel

Cool. Bargain price too. The best part of DOW, except maybe for the Chaos Rising Campaign.

Posted by KaosAngel
@Wuddel said:
" Cool. Bargain price too. The best part of DOW, except maybe for the Chaos Rising Campaign. "
This also brings up a good question.

Does this Standalone come with the Chaos Rings and DOW2 Last Stand stuff too?  If it does, then all the fools need to buy this, Last Stand is worth 20 bucks solid in my opinion.
Posted by DocHaus
@Seedofpower: *shrug* sorry man, that's just too much rep around GB to deal with.
Posted by Gilsham
@l3illyl3ob said:
" Last Stand could totally work on XBLA/PSN.  Keep in mind, in this mode you only have control over a single hero, it's more Diablo-esque than an RTS, really, there are no units.  It's even more minimalistic than the single player campaign.  Maybe this is them testing the waters to see if a stand-alone Last Stand could work elsewhere. "
mmmm 3 of the 6 heroes get a second squad to control and a lot of the abilities of the heroes are targeted ae which I don't see being able to be dropped quickly with a controller  like you need to be able to do
Posted by Lazyaza

Last Stand is definitely the best part of DoW2 Retribution, the campaign was kinda underwhelming for me after the epic awesomeness that was the last two games so good on Relic for doing this.

Posted by mazik765

Does anyone know if those who play with the Last Standalone are able to play games against those who play the Last Stand with Chaos Rising or Retribution?