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Company of Heroes 2: Elbe Day Update!

Posted in Company of Heroes by on April 25th, 2014

From the folks at Relic!

American and Russian Troops Meeting at Elbe River

Letter from the Producer: Elbe Day Update

April 25th 1945 marked the meeting of the Eastern and Western Fronts at Torgau on the Elbe river approximately 140km southwest of Berlin. The Soviet Army, covering hundreds of kilometers in the final few months of the war had pushed their way past and around Berlin, where they finally linked up with the Western Allied forces rapidly moving east from the beaches of Normandy and the forests of Belgium. While mostly symbolic, the meeting was an important reminder of the vital alliance between the Allied forces that helped end German aggression and finally bring to an end nearly 6 years of war in Europe.

To commemorate Elbe Day, we’re releasing two new Commanders, and they’re free for all players. Each of the Commanders introduces a preview unit from the upcoming release of Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies.

The Soviet Lend Lease Commander calls in an iconic Sherman tank to the battlefield. The Sherman was the primary battle tank used by the Western Allies and one of several vehicles the Soviet army had access to through the Lend Lease program with the United States.

The German Mobile Defense Doctrine Commander calls in the mobile Puma, an armored car equipped with a 50mm canon. The Puma is an 8 wheel vehicle who’s speed and versatility made it an ideal for scouting and reconnaissance missions.

In addition to the free Commanders , we are also releasing the Elbe Day Update containing a number of balance changes and game improvements to help us build momentum towards the June release of Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies.

The studio is excited to share our vision for the next phase of Company of Heroes 2, and are pleased we can offer you this sneak peak of two units from the Western Front.
Stay tuned for more details on the Western Front Armies in the coming weeks.
- Greg Wilson, Executive Producer Company of Heroes 2

They also sent along the change log. See attached document!

Elbe Day Update – Changelog

Alex Garden to Head Zynga Studios

Posted in Relic by on April 24th, 2014

You know the guys that made Farmville? Alex Garden’s been hired to take over as Head of the studio and it’s technology division.

Zynga said Wednesday that it has hired Alex Garden as head of Zynga Studios, the company’s game-making operation in North America, and its technology division. Mr. Garden previously worked at Microsoft, where he was general manager for the company’s Xbox Live videogame social network, as well as related offerings like music and video. He will report to Mr. Mattrick.

The Wall Street Journal has more.




Western Front Logo


We’ve been fortunate enough to get hold of both Quinn Duffy and Jeffery Simpson at Relic to talk to us about their upcoming release Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies in more detail.

While we had them, we also talked about their relationship with the community, better use of data, mapping and community content and what it’s like now working for Sega.

Read all about it here!

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies announcement (including trailer)

Posted in General by on March 28th, 2014


Western Front Logo

Today it has been announced that Relic’s newest game is Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, a standalone multiplayer game.

Read more about it here


Homeworld Remastered. Collector's Edition Poll

Posted in Gearbox, Homeworld, Homeworld 2 by on March 5th, 2014

Gearbox has put up a page outlining what’s possible for the Homeworld Remastered Collector’s edition, also outlining and hinting at release dates!

See more (and vote) here:



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“Save 50% off Company of Heroes 2 and Total War: Rome II during this week’s Weekend Deal!

Right now ROME II and Company of Heroes 2 fans are at WAR! Every victory you have in these two games until February 17th at 9am Pacific, counts towards this ultimate faceoff! The fans who earn the highest percentage of victories in that time will win access to free DLC! Free content will be available to download once the winning side is announced until 10am pacific Saturday, February 22nd.

You can follow along to see which side is winning at

*Discount ends Monday, February 17th at 10am pacific.”

Relicnews Reviews: Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix DLC

Posted in General gaming, Review by on October 24th, 2013




Full disclosure: During my playtest with Deep Silver/Koch Media they filled me with cookies and coffee, so my judgement may be impaired.
Read more!

Penny Arcade - Why Gearbox bought Homeworld

Posted in Blackbird, Homeworld by on September 11th, 2013

Great article over at Penny-Arcade.

Rob Cunningham is the CEO of Blackbird Interactive, but before that he was a founding member of Relic, and the art designer of Homeworld 1 and Homeworld 2. Blackbird is home to many developers who worked on the Homeworld universe, but they were working on an RTS called HARDWARE: Shipbreakers, a game that dealt with survival on a desert planet as groups of salvagers harvested the remains of crashed ships.

It was a prequel to Homeworld in everything but name. They just couldn’t legally say that. Gearbox’s acquisition, however, proved attractive to the team.

“It started when [Gearbox] picked up the Homeworld IP. We knew them from before, we were surprised, we thought it was amazing,” said Cunningham. The developers at Blackbird sent over a congratulatory statement and a few images from their personal archive to welcome them to the universe of Homeworld.

These overtures weren’t just friendly, as Shipbreakers would need much more money to be completed.

“We were looking for additional financing, because it needed a great deal more money to be completed in the way we thought it needed to be completed,” Cunningham said. “So we started talking to these guys.”

Glad I’m involved with BBI!

Relicnews Reviews: The Humble Deep Silver Bundle - 30 minute edition

Posted in General gaming by on August 13th, 2013


The Humble Deep Silver Bundle


Deep Silver’s take on the Humble Indie Bundle has almost run its course and we figured to give people a brief run-down of the titles involved before the opportunity to get the bundle passes. 30 Minute Edition – this article contains the impressions gained from the first 30 minutes of the game to give you a brief impression of what each game is like and whether the bundle’s a good buy for you.

Read it here!

Chris Calland from the We Want Homeworld 3 Facebook group compiled this list of articles:

Tech 2

Digital Spy

The Escapist


The Sixth Axis


In Short, the HD copies will cost you, but if you buy them, you get copies of the originals as well. No pricing, or timeline released. Only a small team working on it currently at Gearbox.

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