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Dawn of War 3 trailer takes you on a tour of 4 of the game’s environments

2 Mar

These four Dawn of War 3 tilesets look impressive, and there’s a story behind each one.

Dawn of War 3 developer Relic has released a new showcase that gives us a look at four of the main environments in the game, and the intent behind each of their designs.

The video is narrated by art director Matt Kuzminski and lead environment artist Tristan Brett and it takes us through Ultima, Cage World, Starfort, and Acheron.

The goal with Cyprus Ultima was to create sort of a future-medieval world, with a particular style of architecture. Cage World, on the other hand, was made to look as alien as possible, with a constantly shifting landscape and very clean designs.

Starfort is kind of the authentic Space Marine environment, with massive cathedrals and fort weapons, and a grimdark look fit for an imperium station. Finally, Acheron is built as a nature-infested world of snow and lava where everything is seemingly out to get you.

Dawn of War 3 is out this year on PC.

New Dawn of War 3 Trailer “Prophecy Of War” Shows Three Factions In Action

17 Feb

A new Dawn of War 3 trailer has been released by Relic Entertainment, the studio behind most of the Dawn of War RTS games, and in it we’re shown the huge battles that will be fought in the third entry in the Dawn of War series, coming later this year. See Also: Dawn of War […]

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Dawn of War 3 gets suitably epic story trailer, confirms Spear of Khaine is involved

17 Feb

The conflict wrapped up in the story of Dawn of War 3 becomes clear.

Relic has released a new trailer for Dawn of War 3, the first in a long while. It’s called Prophecy of War and is very much story-focused.

The prophecy in question is cited at the start of trailer, as Farseer Taldeer outlines the main story setup that will bring all three races to war. The Spear of Khaine is the impetus behind the events this time around, though not much else is known.

Farseer Taldeer’s prophecy is ominous though, as these usually tend to be. Gabriel Angelos, Farseer Macha, and Gorgutz are all here, and they all seem to be fighting enemies within their ranks, as well as each other.

Alongside the new trailer, Relic also put out a call to action themed around each of the three factions. These videos show a bit more gameplay, and highlight what the Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks are each fighting for.

Dawn of War 3 comes out this year on PC.

Dawn of War 3 – take a look at the first gameplay footage

13 Jun

E3 brings us the first gameplay footage of Relic’s Dawn of War 3.

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Dawn of War 3 – take a look at the first gameplay footage

Dawn of War 3 was first revealed a few short weeks ago. Now that E3 is underway, we get to see some gameplay.

The footage wasn’t shared through official channels. Instead, German site PC Games Hardware is hosting it as part of a preview.

The video is less than four minutes-long, and all commentary is in German, but we’ll take what we can get. According to translation from Reddit user Scrial, Dawn of War 3 will do away with the previous game’s cover system.

Though base building will return, don’t expect defensive structures and fortifications. Individual unit abilities are still a big focus, and so are large battles.

Take a look.

Be sure to check out our E3 2016 hub for all the news, videos, screenshots, interviews and much more, live and direct for this year’s show.

See the first Dawn of War 3 screenshots

4 May

Dawn of War 3 may still be a ways off, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a small peek.

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Dawn of War 3 was announced yesterday with a very moody, epic trailer. The video was all CG, and judging by the fact that the game is due for release in 2017, it me be a while before we see gameplay.

We can, however, have a look at a couple of early in-game screenshots. Even though base-building will make a return in the sequel, the screenshots only show units going head-to-head.

It’s the Eldar against the Space Marines. See the shots below, courtesy of PCGamer.

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Dawn of War 3 is out in 2017 on PC.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 announced for 2017 release on PC

3 May

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 is in the works at Relic, SEGA announced today.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 announced for 2017 release on PC

The game builds on the scale of Dawn of War and the customization and elite heroes of Dawn of War 2.

“This is the Dawn of War that fans have been waiting for,” said Stephen MacDonald, the title’s executive producer. “Our biggest units ever? Check. Giant orbital lasers? Check. Base-building, epic heroes, huge battles, it’s all in there. Get ready for the biggest Dawn of War yet. For the Emperor!”

The trailer below features the Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks locked in battle.

This will be Relic’s first main title produced under SEGA since it was purchased from THQ in 2013.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 will be released in 2017 on PC.

Dawn of War announcement teased for tomorrow

2 May

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War announcement teased on Twitter.

Dawn of War announcement teased for tomorrow

Last year, the Dawn of War 3 domain was registered by Sega, and we’ve not heard a peep since.

Today, the above tweet was posted on the official Dawn of War Twitter account, alluding to an announcement of some kind tomorrow afternoon, at 3pm BST/ 7am PDT.

It’s been seven years since Dawn of War 2’s release, and the last major expansion, Retribution, dropped back in 2011. So it’s got be official confirmation of Dawn of War 3, right?

We’ll know more tomorrow, when the reveal is live on their YouTube channel.

Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection gets you the whole package for $60

8 Dec

Company of Heroes 2 has two years worth of add-ons and expansions, but you can grab the whole thing in one go.

The Company of Heroes 2 Master Collection is now available on Steam for $60.

The package offers two single-player campaigns and five multiplayer factions, and includes all the content from expansions The Western Front Armies, Ardennes Assault and The British Forces as well as the Theater of War mission packs. Check out a trailer below.

Does this signal the end of post-launch support for Company of Heroes 2? Is it time for a new Dawn of War?

The improbable journey of Impossible Creatures

23 Nov

One man, one game, a tangle of acquisitions and missing rights: it is a love story for the ages.

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Earlier this month, an oft-forgotten Relic game called Impossible Creatures popped up on Steam thanks to publisher Nordic Games.

The release startled laughs of shock and recognition from veteran PC gamers, because Impossible Creatures was one of the first titles Valve used to demonstrate Steam, back before digital distribution was something we took for granted.

The demo probably came about due to Valve and Relic’s friendly relationship; the two both worked with Sierra Online. But somehow, Impossible Creatures never made it to Valve’s platform – until now.

And that’s pretty weird. Impossible Creatures certainly deserves a second look, and it still has an active fanbase, but in general it has been forgotten. Outside of the satisfaction of seeing it finally launch on Steam, it seems an odd choice for a re-mastered released, and it’s not as if Nordic has been in a hurry to move on the many properties it picked up in the auction of THQ’s assets. Why this one, obscure Relic title?

The answer is: someone really liked it.

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That someone is Nordic Games’ Reinhard Pollice. “Before we went into the whole auction process, we did our own research and digging. Impossible Creatures was on my list of titles I thought THQ could possibly have the rights to,” he told us.

“I played it when it first came out and really enjoyed it because of its interesting and new mechanics. It certainly was quite a good RTS game, like everything that comes from Relic.”

Pollice earmarked Impossible Creatures as a potential purchase when the publisher started looking at picking up THQ’s properties, but the situation was more complicated than he expected; first released in 2002, Impossible Creatures pre-dates THQ’s 2004 acquisition of Relic.

“The guys at THQ themselves didn’t even know that they had this title.”

“The guys at THQ themselves didn’t even know that they had this title,” Pollice said.

It turned out that neither THQ nor Microsoft owned the rights: Relic had them all along. Relic itself was sold to Sega, but Nordic managed to snaffle Impossible Creatures.

“It appeared in one of [THQ’s] trademark lists later on and after some requesting we got contract material between Relic and Microsoft, as we knew it was possible that the rights were still with Microsoft,” Pollice explained.

“There was some uncertainty but we were clear that Relic owned the IP so it made sense to include these rights in our THQ transaction.
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Dealing with Microsoft was “straight forward and easy”, Pollice said, but even after sorting the rights out there was still the matter of finding the actual game; it’s an unfortunate reality of the games industry that entire projects are routinely sent to data heaven.

THQ had nothing, but as luck would have it, Relic did. After “some back and forth”, Sega and Relic acknowledged Nordic’s claim to Impossible Creatures and relinquished everything they could dig up.

“Unfortunately this didn’t include the latest source data, but rather a drop from the 1.0 release,” Pollice said.

That means Nordic was missing “a ton of work” Relic did post-launch, notably refining its software development kit (SDK) and creating the Insect Invasion add on.

Relic couldn’t help any further; most of the staff who worked on Impossible Creatures were long gone, as far as Pollice knows, and the studio just didn’t have the data Nordic wanted. Plus, it was busy with its own projects.

Nordic didn’t give up there, though; it was determined to recreate the lost content.

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“We had one in-house developer working on it, who put a lot of effort into comparing assembly stuff,” Pollice said.

“Then we wanted to make the multiplayer experience as convenient as possible and wrote a lot of stuff for NAT Traversal and port forwarding to make sure players behind modern router/firewall setups can connect. Usually this is a thing that gets too little attention during development and therefore doesn’t work properly, so we knew we had to get it right and it took months of testing.

“In this phase we brought in a group that still kept an Impossible Creatures community going and were longing for a way to play online multiplayer again as I think the servers were shut down in 2006 or 2007.”

“There were generally much bigger plans back in the days with Impossible Creatures.”

This faithful fanbase was none other than the team responsible for the Tellurian mod. “Especially Will Harradine and his team was an amazing help getting the remaster to where it is now,” Pollice said.

Although it’s gratifying to see Impossible Creatures accessible to new and existing audiences, it’s also a sad reminder that even much-loved games don’t always fill their potential. Certainly the then-independent Relic had bigger plans for the property than ever materialised.

“The Insect Invasion add-on which was originally planned as a full paid expansion pack but I guess due to limited success it was converted into a free downloadable expansion. There were generally much bigger plans back in the days with Impossible Creatures. Relic also worked on a game for the original Xbox platform based on Impossible Creatures,” Pollice revealed.

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At least we can finally play Impossible Creatures on Steam, a promise 13 years in the making. While Pollice said he doesn’t know why the game didn’t release on Steam after being chosen as a demo title for the then-nascent platform, he offered some speculation.

“I guess that between the presentation of the game and the actual release of Steam and the time Impossible Creatures actually got released, Relic got bought out by THQ and it was clear that IC was not very successful,” he said.

You might have expected Valve to get a bit excited about seeing Impossible Creatures finally launch on Steam, but Pollice said Nordic’s contact at Valve “wasn’t really involved back in the day”.

“But now that they realised that it’s quite a nice title with a great story behind it, they gave us a large capsule feature in the classic and cult classic section
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I’d like to think that, wherever they are now, the team who poured their hearts into Impossible Creatures are pleased to see it brought back with such loving care.

Impossible Creatures is available on Steam for $10.

13 year old Steam promise fulfilled with Impossible Creatures release

11 Nov

This promise is so old it is in the eighth grade and wants to get its septum pierced.

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Way, way, way back when Steam was just a much-dreaded gleam in Valve’s eye and not, you know, nearly the totality of mainstream PC gaming, we were promised something.

That something was Impossible Creatures, an RTS from Company of Heroes developer Relic filled with all sorts of rad hybrid animals. Valve chose this game to demonstrate Steam at a GDC presentation.

Just like that time Halo was a Mac exclusive, the demo never bore fruit – until now. After a modest non-Steam launch and a decade of relative obscurity, Impossible Creatures finally arrived on Steam overnight. You can buy it now for $6 thanks to a 40% launch discount from its usual $10 ticket price.

I wrote quite a lengthy games industry fan fiction about why this happened involving a stern meeting between Relic and new parent Sega, but it turns out Nordic Games is responsible, presumably thanks to its job lot THQ auction purchases.

Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces video details core gameplay, real-life WW2 tactics

15 Aug

A new Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces developer diary has been released, and it’s part two of the From History to Gameplay series from Relic Entertainment.

In the video, lead game designer Quinn Duffy goes over the core gameplay, new features, and how the British army is represented. It also explores the real-life tactics employed by Winston Churchill’s soldiers and how they are reflected through “the Hammer and Anvil paradigm.”

It also takes a look at the infantry’s effectiveness in cover along with the diversity of the combined Great Britain and New Zealand forces.

Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces is a standalone multiplayer expansion pack, and comes with six commanders, 15 units and eight multiplayer maps.

Those who have a Company of Heroes title in their Steam library will get 20% off on the pre-order.

The expansion will be made available on September 3 for $12.99/£9.99.

Dawn of War 3 domain registered

6 Jul

Dawn of War 3 is a thing that should happen, so we’re glad to see it might be happening.

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A Dawn of War 3 domain has been registered by Sega, Relic Entertainment’s parent company.

It may be a defensive registration, but Relic Entertainment has been pretty quiet since Company of Heroes 2, so a Dawn of War 3 announce seems quite reasonable.

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2 came out in 2009 and the last major expansion, Retribution, released in early 2011. It certainly feels time for another go at it, doesn’t it?

You can go admire the WhoIs record for the new domain if you fancy. The URL is parked with a generic search page at the moment.

As a reminder, fellow Sega studio The Creative Assembly is currently working on Total War: Warhammer.

Thanks, /r/Games.

Humble Bundle weekly offering is full of strategy games from Relic Entertainment

29 May

The Humble Bundle weekly offering is live and it contains quite a few niceties from Relic Entertainment along with art books and a limited edition t-shirt

Name your price for Company of Heroes 2 – The Western Front Armies: Oberkommando West, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Game of the Year Edition and the Company of Heroes Complete Pack.

The package also comes with the Company of Heroes 2 soundtrack, and PDFs of an all-new Company of Heroes Art Book and the Art of Space Marine Book. It also contains Dawn of War 1 and 2 concept art.

Pay more than the current average will receive all of the above plus Company of Heroes 2, Company of Heroes 2 – The Western Front Armies: US Forces, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2: Retribution and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

If you drop $15 or more you will also nab Company of Heroes 2 – Ardennes Assault. If you want a limited edition Relic t-shirt, pay $30 or more.

Head over to Humble Bundle for more information on the SEGA’s Relic Bundle.

Van Damme’s Wife Gladys Portugues Files for a Divorce

22 Mar

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Jean-Claude Van Damme’s wife Gladys Portugues has filed for a divorce once again.

Although the divorce thing is not new for Jean-Claude, considering separation from Gladys will be his fifth, but we all expected it to work especially after the re-marriage. The actor is 54 and Gladys 57.

TMZ reports that this is the second time the couple is getting divorced. They were first married in 1987 and then divorced in 1992. However, this was not the end of their picturesque love story they remarried in 1999.

After 15 years of marriage, Gladys has decided to pull the plug. Gladys filed a divorce in L.A. on Wednesday and mentioned ‘irreconcilable differences’. She is also asking for Spousal support and will no longer keep Jean-Claude’s second name, which is Van Varenberg.

Gladys further added that the couple has been separated for almost a month now. The have two children, who are both adults.

The actor discussed on a reality show Behind Closed Door that he is extreme bipolar, he has mood swings. There will be time when you will love him and then there will be those where who’d just want to slap him with iron rod. He said, ‘Sometimes you’re gonna like me, and sometimes you’re gonna hate me. But what can I do?’

Jean-Claude further added, “I’m not perfect…I’m an extreme bipolar, and I’m taking medication for this…When I was young, I was suffering those swing moods. In the morning, the sky was blue [when I was] going to school, and to me, the sky was black. I was so sad.”

The actor nicknamed muscles from Brussels is famous for his action movies, dark hair and athletic body. His hits from the 90s include ‘Universal Soldier’ and ‘Last Action Hero’. The Expendables 2 released in 2012 was also a blockbuster.

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Gearbox really, really loves Homeworld

8 Feb

Homeworld Remastered Collection is clearly a passion project for Gearbox Software.

In the Homeworld Remastered Collection developer diary below, Gearbox staffers discuss what they love about Relic’s classic sci-fi RTS.

There are also appearances from some of the original developers who worked on the series and Homeworld Shipbreakers developer Blackbird Interactive.

Check the full developer diary out below, thanks to IGN.

Homeworld Remastered Collection hits PC on February 25. Steam pre-order are available.

Company of Heroes 2 update adds Observer Mode, Mod Tools

29 Oct

A new Company of Heroes 2 update adds two much anticipated features to Relic’s latest strategy release.

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Company of Heroes 2 has been updated with Observer Mode and Mod Tools.

Observer Mode allows players to watch live multiplayer matches as they unfold. You can choose from a variety of viewing angles and perspectives, and even at various speeds.

It also provides access to plenty of data, so you can analyse what’s going on and hopefully learn something to improve your own game. Players allowing observers can even broadcast their games via integrated Twitch support, potentially increasing their audience.

Here’s a quick feature list:

  • Hundreds of viewers
    – More than 500 concurrent viewers per live match
    – Ability to scale up to tens of thousands for special events
  • Customized UI
    – Ability to turn off UI for cinematic mode
    – Information is easily displayed to quickly find the right match
  • Customized settings
    – Live-casting permission can be turned on or off
    – Delay slider (0 to 15 minutes)
    – Password option to bypass delay
  • Data displayed
    – Units
    – Production
    – Commander Trees, Commander abilities and cooldowns
    – Resources
  • Observing as a party
    – You can invite other users to the party
    – Helps to keep casting teams together and in synch

Now to mod tools. You probably don’t need an explanation of what they are, so here’s a list of some of the features:

  • Attribute Editor
  • Mod Builder
  • Archive Viewer
  • Tuning Packs
  • Win Condition Packs

Company of Heroes 2 update adds Observer Mode, Mod Tools

29 Oct

A new Company of Heroes 2 update adds two much anticipated features to Relic’s latest strategy release.

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Company of Heroes 2 has been updated with Observer Mode and Mod Tools.

Observer Mode allows players to watch live multiplayer matches as they unfold. You can choose from a variety of viewing angles and perspectives, and even at various speeds.

It also provides access to plenty of data, so you can analyse what’s going on and hopefully learn something to improve your own game. Players allowing observers can even broadcast their games via integrated Twitch support, potentially increasing their audience.

Here’s a quick feature list:

  • Hundreds of viewers
    – More than 500 concurrent viewers per live match
    – Ability to scale up to tens of thousands for special events
  • Customized UI
    – Ability to turn off UI for cinematic mode
    – Information is easily displayed to quickly find the right match
  • Customized settings
    – Live-casting permission can be turned on or off
    – Delay slider (0 to 15 minutes)
    – Password option to bypass delay
  • Data displayed
    – Units
    – Production
    – Commander Trees, Commander abilities and cooldowns
    – Resources
  • Observing as a party
    – You can invite other users to the party
    – Helps to keep casting teams together and in synch

Now to mod tools. You probably don’t need an explanation of what they are, so here’s a list of some of the features:

  • Attribute Editor
  • Mod Builder
  • Archive Viewer
  • Tuning Packs
  • Win Condition Packs

Pre-order Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault, gain access to Fox Company

16 Oct

Pre-order Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault and you will be granted access to the Fox Company, a band of Rangers featured in the strategy title.

According to Relic Entertainment, the company is led by Captain Monte Durante and he comes with his own backstory – which will be discovered throughout the campaign.

The Fox Company DLC will feature “a unique mission and company reports,” which will provide “a significant amount” of additional gameplay options and outcomes.

Again, it is free content for those who pre-order the game.

Players can choose three Companies on a campaign play-through, and previously announced companies Airborne, Support and Mechanized are included in the base game.

The pre-order incentive coincides with Company of Heroes 2 and Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies being free to play on Steam all weekend. Both are also on sale for 75% and 66% off, respectively.

Ardennes Assault launches November 18 for PC.

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2 gives GFWL the flick

5 Sep

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 has been updated to remove Games for Windows Live, Microsoft’s much-criticised DRM suite.

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Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2 now seems to be using Steamworks for DRM, although the Steam Community post announcing the update doesn’t make this explicit.

The patch makes another couple of changes worth highlighting if the removal of GFWL has tempted you back into the Emperor’s service. You can no longer pause in multiplayer, Referee Mode has ben axed, and, uh -

There’s no more LAN support. Yeah. Bit of a blow, that.

Elsewhere, the Dawn of War 2 and Chaos Rising leaderboards and achievements have been separated after their migration to the Relic servers, which now manage multiplayer networking, too. I wonder why Sega didn’t opt for full Steamworks integration?

Dawn of War 2 will set you back $20 on Steam, by the way.

3D arcade shooter Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team lands on Steam today

23 May

SEGA has announced the top down, 3D arcade shooter, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team finally headed to PC. It is now available on Steam.

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The game was originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 by THQ, and SEGA is celebrating by also re-launching Relic’s strategy series, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, under the publisher’s umbrella.

The entire range will all be available for 50% off until May 25.

Titles included in the franchise sale:

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Grand Master Collection (DoW II + Chaos Rising and Retribution + All DLC)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Master Collection (DoW II + Chaos Rising and Retribution)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution – Complete DLC Collection (All DoW II DLC)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (DoW + Winter Assault, Dark Crusade and SoulStorm)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Franchise Pack (DoW + all expansions, DoW II + all expansions/DLC)

SEGA acquired, Vancouver-based developer Relic Entertainment from THQ and all Relic IPs on January 22, 2013.