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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade is the 2nd expansion to the PC-based RTS game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series developed by Relic Entertainment. Like its predecessors, Dark Crusade is based on Games Workshop's popular tabletop wargame, Warhammer 40,000, and introduces a multitude of new features to the Dawn of War series. It can be used in a stand alone and so does not need the original Dawn of war disc to play, but you must have the prior games installed with valid CD-Keys in order to play as anything but the two new races online.
Kronus, a planet on the outer edges of the Imperium of Man, has been conquered by the Tau Empire. This young, yet technologically advanced race, has swept through the eastern fringe of the galaxy with almost unstoppable force, and inducting other races they've encountered. Efficient and powerful, the Tau Empire's Fire Warriors are almost without rival. But other powers have their eyes on Kronus as well. Lying dormant under the planet's surface for 60 million years, the terrible and fearsome Necrons have begun to awaken from their eons-long slumber. The almost invincible armies of the Necron fight for one simple purpose: to destroy all life. They fight without emotion or remorse, their enemies falling quickly to their massive armies and unholy weaponry. Only once all life in the galaxy has been purged will the Necrons find satisfaction,. But, resistance to their terrible genocide will be strong.
Word of the Necron threat on Kronus has spread quickly throughout the galaxy, however, and the other major powers have arrived to stake their claim on the valuable planet. The stage is set for a war of terrible proportions, with several different races vying for complete control of the planet. Will the fearsome Necrons scourge the planet of all life? Will the Tau somehow drive off the other six races, and preserve their fledgling colony?
The Dark Crusade is about to begin...