Last week we discovered that Sega was had won the bid for from the failing THQ to purchase Relic, (known for its Dawn of War series). Here we have an official announcement from Sega on what exactly is going on.


via SEGA
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.

SEGA - THQ Acquisition Contract

12 Comments:

  1. Beh, still no word on the 40k license...as it's not explicitly mentioned no-one seems to know if GW have retained the license or if it's stayed with Relic.

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  2. It's curious that both the 40k and Fantasy licence now rest with Sega. Assuming Sega manage to pull their heads out of their collective arse in the near future, there might come a good time for us. We'll see.

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    1. Actually Games Workshop recently gave the Fantasy license to a different Studio. Just can't remember who.

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    2. Creative Assembly was given Fantasy. Which is owned by Sega. I'm Hoping Sega gets CA working on 40k too. Total Warhammer and and Total Warhammer 40k will be great games ;) *Day dreams*

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    3. Okay, didn't realize CA was owned by them. I think total wars engine fits well for fantasy but I'd like the 40K games to stay similar to Dawn of War. Of course I still want Relic to keep the 40K license as well. Though if I could have Relic do anything right now it would be a sequel to Space Marines.

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  3. Since Sega also owns the Total War series it might not be too bad.

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  4. I feel Total War is more suited for Fantasy, anyway, and as 40k is more tactical than strategic, I'd like to see Relic hang onto it.

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  5. I feel Total War is more suited for Fantasy, anyway, and as 40k is more tactical than strategic, I'd like to see Relic hang onto it.

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    1. I'd pay double for a Warhammer take on the Total War model. That would be a must-have title for me.

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    1. HELL YES.

      I'm just utterly gutted for Vigil Games. Not a single bid, madness. That's the fun Darksiders series down the pan as well as the 40k ex-MMO FPS that was in development. SAD FACE :(((

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    2. Last I heard apparently Dark Millennium hadn't been in development for some time? But yeah, I liked Darksiders as well, but haven't had the chance to play the sequel though.

      Poor intro on this news item though, as the press release in no shape or form tells us "what exactly is going on."

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