Yes, there’s more Dawn of War news today. THQ’s core games Vice President Danny Bilson has said in an interview that Dawn of War 3 will be coming “between 18 months and two years” after the expansion for Dawn of War 2 comes out, and it could be free-to-play.

“Retribution’s going to ship in February, and then we start laying out Dawn of War III,” he said. “You can probably expect it between 18 months and two years after that.”

He goes on to mention Company of Heroes Online, a free-to-play version of the excellent WWII RTS Company of Heroes, which leads on to the payment model for Dawn of War 3. When asked if we would see a similar payment model, Bilson said:

“Could be. It all depends on how COHO does, and how it works and how people respond to it. If they do that would definitely drive us to… Now Dawn of War III, either way, 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.

“I’m just giving you a lot of preview. We haven’t announced anything about it, and it’s still in its early formative stage.”

A stealth-announcement of Dawn of War 3- didn’t see that coming with GamesCom going at the moment. Expect to see way more of this once the Dawn of War expansion pack Retribution is out in March 2011.