A Dawn of War 3 website domain has been registered and updated by Sega, the parent company of Dawn of War developer Relic. The move could simply be Sega's way of securing the website in case it decides to bring the series back at a later date. But as the last major expansion for Dawn of War 2 was released in early 2011, the company may feel the time is right to reintroduce the series.
Should Dawn of War 3 become a reality, it wouldn't be the only Sega title based in the Games Workshop universe; one of the company's subsidiaries, Creative Assembly, is currently working on Total War: Warhammer.
The first title in the DoW franchise, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, is a real-time strategy game released on the PC in 2004. It was praised for its graphics, gameplay and accurate recreation of the Games Workshop universe. The game received three expansions before Relic released the markedly different Dawn of War 2 in 2009. The sequel was a hybrid of real-time strategy and role-playing, with the base building elements of the previous game removed completed.
Following Sega's purchase of Relic after previous owner THQ went bankrupt in 2013, Relic game director Quinn Duffy stated there was a "strong possibility" that the company would work with Games Workshop on a new Dawn of War game in the future.