Relic logo

The Relic logo from Dawn of War II: Retribution

Relic Entertainment is a video game development studio founded in 1997 and based in Vancouver, Canada. Their first games were published by Sierra Entertainment and Microsoft, followed by THQ acquiring the studio for approximately $10 million in May 2004. The current owner of Relic Entertainment is SEGA, which acquired the studio in January 2013 for $26.6 million after THQ filed for bankruptcy.

Relic specializes in 3D real-time strategy (RTS) games. The studio known for creative, visually appealing, and combat-intense games that have received very positive review scores (especially Company of Heroes, which remains the highest-rated strategy game of all time with aggregate scores of 93.93% at GameRankings and 93 out of 100 at Metacritic).

Warhammer 40,000Edit

Relic's 40K lineup started under THQ in 2004 with Dawn of War, which was followed by two expansions – Dawn of War: Winter Assault in 2005 and Dawn of War: Dark Crusade in 2006. A third expansion, Dawn of War: Soulstorm, was developed by Iron Lore Entertainment in 2008. The series was successful, and reportedly sold over 4 million copies despite being slightly a niche product and released only for the PC.

The full sequel, Dawn of War II, was released in 2009, followed by another two expansions; Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising in 2010 and Dawn of War II: Retribution in 2011. The series was received well and sold well – detailed figures are not known, but the entire franchise (Dawn of War included) has sold over 7 million units, which would leave around 3 million for Dawn of War II titles.

Relic's other Warhammer 40,000 franchise is Space Marine, a third-person action game released in 2011, this time for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well as PC. Reception was generally positive and sales seem to have been decent (1.2 million units during a single quarter was cited in 2011).

With eight 40K titles out of the oven, Relic remains the definitive Warhammer 40,000 video game developer.

List of video gamesEdit

Title Year Publisher GameRankings Metacritic
Homeworld 1999 Sierra 88.81% 93/100
Impossible Creatures 2002 Microsoft 77.78% 72/100
Homeworld 2 2003 Sierra 84.99% 83/100
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2004 THQ 86.77% 86/100
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Winter Assault 2005 THQ 85.67% 85/100
The Outfit 2006 THQ 70.20% 70/100
Company of Heroes 2006 THQ 93.93% 93/100
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade 2006 THQ 86.88% 87/100
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts 2007 THQ 87.15% 87/100
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II 2009 THQ 85.14% 85/100
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor 2009 THQ 71.59% 70/100
Company of Heroes Online 2010 THQ n/a n/a
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising 2010 THQ 85.51% 85/100
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution 2011 THQ 82.16% 80/100
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2011 THQ 78.15% 76/100
Company of Heroes 2 2013 SEGA 80.52% 80/100

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