Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III will include "MMO-like" components, Relic marketing manager James McDermott has told Eurogamer.
McDermott stated the RTS sequel "is going to have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like".
He explains the success of Dawn of War II – Retribution has paved the way for the future of the series.
"Looking at what we had real success with with Dawn of War II – Retribution, with the DLC, and with customisation and building their armies and collecting being a big part of what 40k fans really love, we want to make that a big part of DoW 3.
"There's going to be lots of opportunities to expand and build your own custom mega army. That's definitely an area we want to invest in. We see a good opportunity."
THQ head Danny Bilson has previous hinted that the game may take on a free-to-play approach in the vein of Company of Heroes Online, explaining:
"It may be a more digital free-to-play experience with all the depth and quality of a Relic RTS."
Earlier in the year THQ was granted a multi-year extension on the Warhammer license.
No release date has been officially confirmed for the title.