Relic could take a page from Creative Assembly in one area and bring back Dawn of War with a vengeance: Giving love to faction diversity.
Could you imagine a dawn of war or warhammer 40k game that wasn't just about space marines, orks, and eldar (And sometime chaos and imperial guard)? I'm frankly sick of playing just the base factions.
Warhammer 40k has never had a single game that represented the amazing diversity of space marine chapters, xenos, and imperial orders. If you look at the models up at games workshop, the races have been upgraded and even the dark eldar now include their own non-elf alien troops to round out their ranks.
I want a game that treats 40k like Total War Warhammer treats fantasy. A Dawn of War game that remembers what makes dawn of war fun to play, and adds the flavor of the various factions vying for the galaxy. Dawn of War 1 was the closest to this ideal, and that's one reason why it's so popular.
Hopefully Relic returns to Dawn of War, and realizes there is so much richness in the universe. I long for a game where I can pit space wolves against tyranids, Orks against Adeptus Mechanicus, Thousand Sons against Tau. Where we have pretty full rosters of units to play with and a sector of space to invade. So many games have gotten the idea right on how to do this (Empire at War, Total War, even Dawn of War). I really hope we get a game that does 40k factions justice all in one place. I know they can't include everything, but Total War showed us we can get a lot of the beautiful diversity in there.
What do you guys think.