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Community Announcements - noun
We're excited to announce the launch of a new website and community forums for the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series. The site will be the home for all things DoW, including an all new set of forums.

Visit the site here.

The Relic community team and members of the development team here at Relic who have been working on the recent updates to the Dawn of War franchise will be active on the forums providing support and taking your feedback.

The forums will be where our primary focus is for technical issues and feedback, so please head on over. We will however continue to monitor the Steam communities, though not as much as we have been.

Thank you for your continued support of the Dawn of War series and we hope to see you at the official site soon!
Community Announcements - noun
We're excited to announce the launch of a new website and community forums for the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series. The site will be the home for all things DoW, including an all new set of forums.

Visit the site here.

The Relic community team and members of the development team here at Relic who have been working on the recent updates to the Dawn of War franchise will be active on the forums providing support and taking your feedback.

The forums will be where our primary focus is for technical issues and feedback, so please head on over. We will however continue to monitor the Steam communities, though not as much as we have been.

Thank you for your continued support of the Dawn of War series and we hope to see you at the official site soon!
Community Announcements - noun
We're excited to announce the launch of a new website and community forums for the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series. The site will be the home for all things DoW, including an all new set of forums.

Visit the site here.

The Relic community team and members of the development team here at Relic who have been working on the recent updates to the Dawn of War franchise will be active on the forums providing support and taking your feedback.

The forums will be where our primary focus is for technical issues and feedback, so please head on over. We will however continue to monitor the Steam communities, though not as much as we have been.

Thank you for your continued support of the Dawn of War series and we hope to see you at the official site soon!
Community Announcements - Relic_Noun
Hello all –

On May 22nd, the original Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and its expansions underwent a major update in order to preserve multiplayer gameplay for all these titles.

Since their launch, Dawn of War and its expansions (Winter Assault, Dark Crusade and Soulstorm) have relied on the GameSpy service for multiplayer matchmaking. Since they are about to shut down their services for good it would otherwise leave these games without any way to play multiplayer. That is not an outcome anyone at Relic would want to see.

Dawn of War II and its first expansion (Chaos Rising) also rely on other external servers so we also intend to take this opportunity to migrate them over to Steam in order for a consistent multiplayer experience across the entire portfolio. This migration is in progress and we’ll have more details soon.

So, all titles in the franchise are being updated to use the same matchmaking and backend developed for Company of Heroes 2. This will not only mean multiplayer can continue on these titles, but the matchmaking experience will be improved. Matchmaking/login and so on will thus all be through Steam.

In the short term, there are likely to be some technical issues with the new setup. Recreating the multiplayer infrastructure for seven titles is no small feat, and there will be bugs. Ultimately, we felt that it would be better to get the update out in a slightly imperfect state in time to prevent an outright interruption in multiplayer play. So, bugs.

We are committed to tackling these bugs and getting all titles to be fully Steam enabled.

This update – and continued further support for DoW and DoW2 – is a big step for us at Relic. It’s a concrete signal of support for the Dawn of War franchise from us and from SEGA as a whole. Ever since SEGA acquired Relic we’ve been working on continued support for the Dawn of War back catalogue. It’s great for some of this to see the light of day at last.

I came to Relic in 2005 to work on the product that became Dark Crusade and went on to run narrative and campaign on both Dawn of War II and Chaos Rising. To be working on these titles again is a joy, and on behalf of all of us, I’d like to thank the fans who have continued to keep DoW in their hearts. You guys rock.

For the Emperor!

Philippe Boulle
Design Lead, Dawn of War Franchise
Community Announcements - Relic_Noun
Hello all –

On May 22nd, the original Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and its expansions underwent a major update in order to preserve multiplayer gameplay for all these titles.

Since their launch, Dawn of War and its expansions (Winter Assault, Dark Crusade and Soulstorm) have relied on the GameSpy service for multiplayer matchmaking. Since they are about to shut down their services for good it would otherwise leave these games without any way to play multiplayer. That is not an outcome anyone at Relic would want to see.

Dawn of War II and its first expansion (Chaos Rising) also rely on other external servers so we also intend to take this opportunity to migrate them over to Steam in order for a consistent multiplayer experience across the entire portfolio. This migration is in progress and we’ll have more details soon.

So, all titles in the franchise are being updated to use the same matchmaking and backend developed for Company of Heroes 2. This will not only mean multiplayer can continue on these titles, but the matchmaking experience will be improved. Matchmaking/login and so on will thus all be through Steam.

In the short term, there are likely to be some technical issues with the new setup. Recreating the multiplayer infrastructure for seven titles is no small feat, and there will be bugs. Ultimately, we felt that it would be better to get the update out in a slightly imperfect state in time to prevent an outright interruption in multiplayer play. So, bugs.

We are committed to tackling these bugs and getting all titles to be fully Steam enabled.

This update – and continued further support for DoW and DoW2 – is a big step for us at Relic. It’s a concrete signal of support for the Dawn of War franchise from us and from SEGA as a whole. Ever since SEGA acquired Relic we’ve been working on continued support for the Dawn of War back catalogue. It’s great for some of this to see the light of day at last.

I came to Relic in 2005 to work on the product that became Dark Crusade and went on to run narrative and campaign on both Dawn of War II and Chaos Rising. To be working on these titles again is a joy, and on behalf of all of us, I’d like to thank the fans who have continued to keep DoW in their hearts. You guys rock.

For the Emperor!

Philippe Boulle
Design Lead, Dawn of War Franchise
Community Announcements - Relic_Noun
Hello all –

On May 22nd, the original Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and its expansions underwent a major update in order to preserve multiplayer gameplay for all these titles.

Since their launch, Dawn of War and its expansions (Winter Assault, Dark Crusade and Soulstorm) have relied on the GameSpy service for multiplayer matchmaking. Since they are about to shut down their services for good it would otherwise leave these games without any way to play multiplayer. That is not an outcome anyone at Relic would want to see.

Dawn of War II and its first expansion (Chaos Rising) also rely on other external servers so we also intend to take this opportunity to migrate them over to Steam in order for a consistent multiplayer experience across the entire portfolio. This migration is in progress and we’ll have more details soon.

So, all titles in the franchise are being updated to use the same matchmaking and backend developed for Company of Heroes 2. This will not only mean multiplayer can continue on these titles, but the matchmaking experience will be improved. Matchmaking/login and so on will thus all be through Steam.

In the short term, there are likely to be some technical issues with the new setup. Recreating the multiplayer infrastructure for seven titles is no small feat, and there will be bugs. Ultimately, we felt that it would be better to get the update out in a slightly imperfect state in time to prevent an outright interruption in multiplayer play. So, bugs.

We are committed to tackling these bugs and getting all titles to be fully Steam enabled.

This update – and continued further support for DoW and DoW2 – is a big step for us at Relic. It’s a concrete signal of support for the Dawn of War franchise from us and from SEGA as a whole. Ever since SEGA acquired Relic we’ve been working on continued support for the Dawn of War back catalogue. It’s great for some of this to see the light of day at last.

I came to Relic in 2005 to work on the product that became Dark Crusade and went on to run narrative and campaign on both Dawn of War II and Chaos Rising. To be working on these titles again is a joy, and on behalf of all of us, I’d like to thank the fans who have continued to keep DoW in their hearts. You guys rock.

For the Emperor!

Philippe Boulle
Design Lead, Dawn of War Franchise
Announcement - Valve
In celebration of Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team releasing on Steam, save 50% off the Warhammer Franchise as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

*Offer ends Monday at 10am pacific.




Community Announcements - Relic_Noun
Smokey Village

 

This weekend new troops are being sent to the Eastern Front as Company of Heroes 2 is having its first ever Steam Free Weekend.

Starting today and running until Sunday January 19th all Steam members will be able to play Company of Heroes 2 for free. No conditions, no catches, it’s the full Company of Heroes 2 experience and it’s a click away for all Steam members. Players will be able to experience the full single-player campaign, the single player and co-op Theater of War experience in Operation Barbarossa and of course the CoH2 multiplayer.

Veterans of CoH2 will not only have new allies and enemies to faceoff with in multiplayer this weekend, but as an additional bonus we are unlocking all of the game’s paid DLC commanders for four days of play. So if there’s been a Commander you’ve wanted to try on the battlefield then this is your chance.

As an additional bonus multiplayer automatch games will be awarding ten times the experience all weekend. Yup, that’s right 10x XP all weekend long for any automatch game.

Have a friend who you think would love Company of Heroes 2? This is the weekend to get them playing the game. And as an added bonus the game will be 66% off on Steam, allowing everyone who loves playing it for free to keep it for a very low price.

Welcome to Company of Heroes 2, we’ll see you on the front lines.
Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Do you enjoy playing video games on your personal computer, and have a few dollars spare? Then you have probably bought the Humble THQ Bundle already. If not, though, the pay-what-you-want bundle is now an even bigger bargain, as the publisher today threw in Relic's RTS Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War on top of the many other fine games already in it. It ends Wednesday, so get your skates on.

Everyone who bought the bundle before this announcement will have Dawn of War added for free, but newcomers will need to beat the average price to get it.

So, to sum up, for as little as $1 (which you'd surely pay more than), you get Steam keys for Company of Heroes, CoH: Opposing Fronts, CoH: Tales of Valor, Darksiders, Metro 2033, and Red Faction Armageddon. If you beat the average price, which is $5.63 as I write this, you'll get Saints Row: The Third, Titan Quest, and now Dawn of War too. So, lots of video games.

Unsurprisingly, the first AAA bundle from Humble Bundle has been pretty popular. It's sold over 750,000, a record amount for HB, but the average price paid is unusually low. Macateers and Linuxnauts usually pay more than Windowsheads but none of these games are for their platforms, which will help drag this down. Plus, of course, some are none too pleased about Humble Bundle joining up with a big publisher and briefly stepping away from its core tenets of multiplatform and DRM-free, but will still want to buy the games.

Eurogamer


Dawn of War and Space Marine developer Relic Entertainment will continue to invest in PC game development despite the recent spate of high-profile video game leaks.


But the Canadian studio has admitted PC piracy "is always a concern".


"It's always a concern as a company, but it's not one which is driving the decision to make PC," Relic marketing manager James McDermott told Eurogamer.


"For us, the drive to make PC is, really big, established, DOW community, they're PC gamers, there's probably going to be crossover to Space Marine. It felt like it made sense to make a Space Marine game for PC."


Square Enix is currently in the process of suing a group of Italians it believes were responsible for the leak of upcoming sci-fi action role-playing game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.


The Japanese company reckons the game was obtained through a Steam press account normally reserved for game journalists.


It was the latest in a string of leaks this year that have caused some to question the viability of creating PC versions of multi-platform games.


Relic is right now discussing how to handle the process of allowing game journalists early access to Space Marine.


"One of the things that's come up is the concern about the PC and the protection for it, because it doesn't have any major protection," McDermott continued.


"It's obviously going to have the keys and stuff for when it launches, but the actual code base, you could rip out the executable and stuff like that.


"It's just ensuring everyone is trusted partners. The conversation's just started on that. On PC, with that, there's always going to be that challenge."


If Space Marine was leaked, "It would definitely be soul destroying," McDermott said.


Relic has seen impressive results on PC, and expects its success on the platform to continue with the multi-platform Space Marine.


"THQ has quite good traction with PC sales," McDermott revealed. "Steam numbers continue to be really good for us.


"Relic have been into PC games for a long time. We're still seeing a lot of good numbers can come from that market. We still think it's viable.


"We've already seen pre-orders are pretty high for PC on Steam.


McDermott said Relic remains unconcerned by the apparent doom and gloom around PC gaming, calling the PC a "great platform".


"Some people just think it would be easier if PC went away. I just get that sense sometimes. It's because PC is such a tailored market in terms of the kind of platform you have to have. The barrier to entry is a lot higher than just, go and buy a console.


"It just seems like there's more complexity to it, which is probably somewhat true. But it is a great platform. For first-person shooters, that's still where I want to play."

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