As a consequence of the recent GameSpy shut down at the end of May, many games are left without the ability to use certain functions such as leaderboards or online multiplayer. However, Relic Entertainment recently announced that they would be moving Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War from GameSpy over to the Steamworks system via an update for the game. “All titles in the franchise are being updated to use the same matchmaking and backend developed for Company of Heroes 2,“ stated on the announcement page for the game’s Steam listing.
In the announcement, design lead Philippe Boulle also stated that losing multiplayer capability was not “an outcome anyone at Relic would like to see.” The company had previously announced that the sequel to the game, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, would be moved to Steam as well. The initial rollout may include bugs that Relic is committed to fix. While many games have languished in the GameSpy shutdown, Boulle stated that this is meant to be “a concrete signal of support for the Dawn of War franchise from [Relic] and from SEGA as a whole.”