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Relic Entertainment

Overview

Vancouver, Canada-based Relic Entertainment develops electronic entertainment. It was founded in May of 1997 by Alex Garden, Luke Moloney, Erin Daly, Aaron Kambeitz, Rob Cunningham, Gary Shaw, and Shane Alfreds.

Operations began in a modest 1600 sq. foot office upstairs from a popular nightclub. In April of 1998, Relic made the move to its new 12,000 sq. foot world class facility in Vancouver's historic Yaletown district.

The studio’s first title was the space shooter Homeworld (1999). Publisher Sierra Entertainment continued the franchise in 2000 with Homeworld: Cataclysm, but by a different development studio.

Their next title Impossible Creatures arrived four years later in 2003, a real-time strategy game for Microsoft Game Studios where the units were animals that could have their genes modified to inherit different traits. It was received fairly well, but received less attention than their first title. Shortly after, a sequel to Homeworld was released as Homeworld 2, also in 2003. Reviews were generally positive, but it made less of an impact than the first game.

In April 2004 the studio was acquired by the publishing house THQ, Inc. for close to $10 million in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition was completed in May. Later that year, the studio released the fantasy strategy title Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War based on the tabletop Warhammer 40,000 universe. Over the years, the studio released various expansions such as Winter Assault (2005), Dark Crusade (2006) and Soulstorm (2008). The last expansion was done by Iron Lore Entertainment Ltd. with less involvement from Relic.

Previously only creating games for computers, the studio’s first and only console title was The Outfit (2006), a shooter set during World War II that was received fairly well, but less than their other titles. Much more successful was the launch of the Company of Heroes franchise, started with Company of Heroes in 2006 and followed up with the Opposing Fronts expansion in 2007. Again set during World War II, it featured squad-based strategy gameplay.

Currently the studio is working on the CoH sequel Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor dated for 2009. There were also rumours that Relic was looking to reacquire the Homeworld franchise from publisher Vivendi to create a third game in their sci-fi series. Through the discovery of a document at the trademark office, THQ eventually confirmed that Relic owned the trademark once again, making it possible to create a new title for THQ. However, no official announcement has been made so far.

In February 2009, the Dawn of War sequel Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II was released.

Following the closure of parent company THQ in January 2013, the studio was sold to SEGA.

Games

Kidditch(2016)
Impossible Creatures: Steam Edition(2015)
Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces(2015)
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies(2014)
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies - Oberkommando West(2014)
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies - US Forces(2014)
Company of Heroes 2(2013)
Company of Heroes 2 (First Edition)(2012)
Darksiders II(2012)
Company of Heroes: Anthology(2012)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Dreadnought(2012)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Chaos Unleashed(2011)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution - The Last Stand Tau Commander(2011)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine(2011)
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team(2011)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution - The Last Standalone(2011)
Homefront(2011)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution(2011)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising(2010)
Company of Heroes: Gold - Limited Edition(2009)
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor(2009)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (Limited Steelbook Edition)(2009)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II(2009)
Ultimate Strategy Pack(2008)
Relic Super Pack(2008)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm(2008)
Frontlines: Fuel of War(2008)
Company of Heroes: Game of the Year(2007)
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts(2007)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Anthology(2007)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade(2006)
Company of Heroes (Limited Edition)(2006)
Company of Heroes (Collector's Edition)(2006)
Company of Heroes(2006)
Outfit, The(2006)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault(2005)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (Gold Edition)(2005)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year(2005)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War(2004)
Homeworld 2(2003)
Impossible Creatures(2003)
Homeworld: Game of the Year Edition(2000)
Homeworld(1999)

Trivia

The company was named as best PC Developer of 2006 by the gaming website GameSpy.

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