Video game publisher SEGA is officially talking about its acquisition of developer Relic and says that it plans to use the company in order to improve its PC game development capabilities on the Western market and to create titles for the online gaming one.SEGA acknowledges the quality and sales performance of the two core franchises that Relic has worked on, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War, and plans to expand upon their potential.
John Cheng, the president and chief financial officer at SEGA of America, states, “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.”
He adds, “They are a well-respected studio with a reputation for making creative and innovative games and we look forward to seeing what great things we can create together over the coming years.”
According to SEGA, the capabilities of the THQ Canada studio known colloquially as Relic will be used in the PC market, presumably to advance the two core series and create new intellectual property.
The most interesting element of the publisher’s statement is the talk of the online game market, which might mean that Relic will revive its Company of Heroes Online title and even create a similar one based on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
At the moment, Relic is busy putting the finishing touches on Company of Heroes 2, which is supposed to arrive on the PC later during spring.
The new game takes players to the Eastern front of World War II and allows them to choose between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union as they engage in some of the biggest and most important battles of the conflict.
One of the core elements of the game will be a focus on weather and on how it directly affected tactics and strategy.