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SEGA goes Official, Court Documents

Posted in Dawn of War, SEGA by on January 24th, 2013

SEGA posted about their acquisition of Relic and some of their thoughts.

 

SEGA Corporation (Headquarters: Tokyo, President, Representative Director, and Chief Operating Officer: Naoya Tsurumi, “SEGA”) acquired all of shares of THQ Canada Inc. (Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada, “THQ Canada”) and some IPs owned by THQ Inc., a parent company of THQ Canada on January 24, 2013 in order to further reinforce PC game development capabilities in the U.S. and European regions. THQ Canada has developed million-seller franchise titles such as “Warhammer 40k Dawn of War” and “Company of Heroes” under the brand of Relic Entertainment Studio.

Relic Entertainment was established in 1997 and acquired by THQ Canada in 2004. THQ Canada have been known familiarly as Relic Entertainment since the acquisition and provided a number of high quality games equipped with graphics equal in quality to movies and rich strategic game features mainly for the PC market in the U.S. and European regions. THQ Canada provides several million seller franchise titles, and its representative products include the “Warhammer 40k Dawn of War” series,. As a series Warhammer 40k Dawn of War has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, whilst the “Company of Heroes” series, a real time strategy game based on the modern history of warfare from World War II and after, has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have Relic Entertainment join the SEGA family. The acquisition is a strategic fit and a critical step in growing our business,” John Cheng, President and CFO, SEGA of America said. “They are a well-respected studio with a pedigree for making creative and innovative games and we look forward to seeing what great things we can create together over the coming years.”

SEGA already owns three development companies in the U.S. and Europe, and is progressing to support compatibility with the rapidly expanding online games field, such as PC online games, smartphone games and social games. As a result of the THQ Canada acquisition, SEGA will further advance the provision of various appealing entertainment contents by utilizing THQ Canada’s high-end content development capabilities and accumulated development know-how, and increase SEGA’s presence in the PC online game market.

 

It’s interesting to note they indicate more than one Intellectual Property was aquired.

 

Edit:  IP aquired info is here:  http://www.thesangreal.net/gafpics/sega_relic.pdf (thanks RadiantMonolith!).  Company of Heroes, and a LOT of 40K IP, including games not worked on by Relic.  That document also reveals that Project Atlas is a Warhammer 40K product!

Relic’s Jager has posted a thread listing items they are auctioning off to raise funds for their entry into the “Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer” event.

Super cool stuff listed, all of it signed, including a signed copy of Homeworld 2!

Company of Heroes 2 Rumour

Posted in Company of Heroes, Dawn of War by on December 20th, 2011

Kotaku is reporting that PC Gamer’s noted Relic’s working on a new Dawn of War project and something related to Company of Heroes.

Is this the long awaited Company of Heroes sequel?

THQinsider tells us that THQ UK will be hosting a Retribution tournament on September 8th. Here is some information regarding the tournament.

The THQ UK Events team are running a Dawn of War II – Retribution tournament on the 8th September starting at 7pm GMT. All games will be 1v1 and played on a 2 player map that will be announced on the night.

The grand prize will be a copy of Space Marine for any platform of the winner’s choosing.

Go here to register.

Warhammer 40k Complete Pack on Steam

Posted in Dawn of War, Relic, Space Marine by on August 18th, 2011

Been holding out on Dawn of War and Dawn of War II? Looking to get into Space Marine as well? Well Steam has put up the Warhammer 40k Complete Pack on Steam for 100 USD. It includes,

- Dawn of War (including all expansions)
- Dawn of War II with Chaos Rising
- Dawn of War II: Retribution with all DLCs (Warpacks/Skins)
- Pre-order to Space Marine

Or if you don’t need all the games, all of the 40k titles are on sale for 50 percent off (except for Space Marine and the Retribution DLC).


Warhammer 40k Complete Pack on Steam

Edit: This deal is done today at 10am PST (-8GMT).

Ultramarines DLC skins now available for purchase

Posted in Dawn of War by on August 16th, 2011

THQ sent me a reminder that the Ultramarines DLC has been released for Dawn of War II: Retribution. You can find it on Steam.

Dawn of War 2: Retribution updates

Posted in Dawn of War by on August 8th, 2011

A few new pieces of news,

Relic will be releasing the 3.17.0 patch pretty soon. The changes (though not final) can be found here.

Relic also released a preview of their Ultramarines DLC skins. They look pretty darn good.

Dawn of War 2: Retribution Eldar DLC

Posted in Dawn of War by on July 19th, 2011

Relic just released their Eldar skin DLC, Ulthwé Pack, on Steam. Here is the snippet for this Eldar skin pack,

The Ulthwé Pack adds the iconic Eldar craftworld to Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War® II: Retribution™ with nine unique models for the major multiplayer units as well as new color schemes for the others. The Farseer is updated with a look inspired by Taldeer, the popular Eldar Farseer from Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War®: Dark Crusade™. The Warlock Hero has been updated with new robes and a helmet pattern in the distinct Ulthwé style. The Guardians all sport a clean black look with red highlighting. The Autarch has been colored to match the imposing look of the infantry and has wears a new helmet custom designed for this DLC pack. Additionally, the Wraithlord, Seer Council, Warp Spider Exarch all receive similar craftworld-specific revisions. The Eldar vehicles also get a visual makeover with this DLC pack, adding the iconic Ulthwé lightning custom designs and emblems to differentiate them from the standard vehicles.

Eurogamer managed to squeeze some DoW3 information from Relic’s marketing manager, James McDermott. A pretty big piece of information is that players will be able to build their own custom armies.

“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.”

The quote makes it sound like they’re looking into expanding the army painter into greater detail. Though they do say this later on in the Eurogamer’s article,

“We’re trying to leverage even more so on the Games Workshop tabletop game, and then combine that with the game mechanics people have said, ‘If you were to make a DOW3 we would like this kind of balance of things,’ and what we think would be good for strategy games as a whole.

Sounds like they’re probably looking to bring more army building elements into the game, such as choosing army composition ahead of time before a game rather than calling in units to the field.

Stay Tuned for Gamescom when Relic is scheduled to make a big announcement in August.

Retribution on Sale and New Summer Achievements

Posted in Dawn of War by on June 30th, 2011

Hey everyone! I got word that Retribution is currently on sale for 14.99USD on Steam. Would be a good time to pick it up if you haven’t had a chance yet. The sale ends 7/1 at 10:00am PST (-8GMT).

In addition, new achievements have been released to kick off the sale. Here is the quote I picked off of Facebook,

Dawn of War II: Retribution has just been updated with new achievements in honor of Steam’s Summer Camp Sale, which has just begun and will run through July 10. By completing achievments summer, you can also unlock this new helmet for the Force Commander.