I've scoured the G&T pages for a thread about this and have found nothing, so I've started up one myself.
Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War has a new expansion coming out next year - Dawn of War: Soulstorm.
The next installment of Dawn of War will introduce another two new armies to play as - the heretic-hatin', witch purgin', mutant immolatin' Sister of Battle, and the soul stealing, totally creepy Dark Eldar.
IGN has a few screens up showing some of the Dark Eldar's units, including Wyches, Warp Beasts, Haemonculi, and the godsdamned Talos. How cool is that?
Quick preview of what the expansion will bring:
The Sisters of Battle are almost all female, and are essentially warrior nuns for the Inquisiton and the Holy Ecclesiarchy, the Imperial church. They have access to holy weaponry that the grunts of the Imperial Guard, and even the elite Space Marines do not have (expect lots of flame throwers). They'll also use something called Faith (presumably a resource similar to Requisition Points, Plasma Energy, or ork WAAAGH points), which is generated by fielding certain unit types. Sisters can use Faith to call down the wrath of the Emperor of Mankind himself, causing 'Act of God' type stuff to happen - brimstone raining from the sky, stuff like that.
The Dark Eldar are evil Eldar who sold their souls to Chaos an eternity ago, and stave off the hungry god Slaanesh by devouring the souls of other beings. To this end, they launch massive pirate fleets from their inter-dimensional city of Comorragh to raid worlds for slaves and captives. In gameplay, Dark Eldar can gather soul energy from their fallen enemies and cast powerful abilities of their own, like lowering enemy morale (all
of it, everywhere at once, apparently) or resetting an enemy's own ability cooldowns.
In addition to the two new-comers, all the existing armies are getting new units - specifically, air units. That's right... the Ork Fightabomba is coming. Watch the skies.
Like the Dark Crusade expansion, there's a campaign mode, which is even bigger and has more to do than DA's planet-wide war. There are new special abilities to unlock, new wargear, and lots more missions. This time around, the campaign will take place across four planets and three moons instead of just a single world.
If this is anything like Dark Crusade, you won't need any of the previous games to play as the Dark Eldar or the Sisters - online and versus play as these races will be available just by installing the expansion. Installing the original game, Winter Assault, and Dark Crusade will allow the other races in those games to go up against the new armies (and you'll probably need them to play the campaign as well). For those of you who love multiplayer, there's gonna be an award system for hitting certain milestones (X number of wins in a row, that sort of thing).
Okay Relic, you've used all the other races. Now get to work on DoW 2 and give us the Tyranids.