Sega has confirmed that they have indeed purchased Relic Entertainment from THQ.
Yesterday, it was revealed who bought assets from THQ. Among those was Sega who purchased Relic Entertainment. Today, Sega has sent out an official statement confirming the purchase.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Relic Entertainment into the Sega family. They are a highly respected development studio, with Company of Heroes and the Warhammer series both testament to the pedigree of their games” commented Jurgen Post, President and COO, SEGA Europe Ltd. “This acquisition is a strong strategic fit for us and completely in line with our focus on developing new and existing content.”
The acquisition of Relic Entertainment also came with the Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War IPs. Company of Heroes 2 was scheduled for an early 2013 release under THQ. It is unknown if the acquisition by Sega will impact the upcoming release in any way.
Relic Entertainment was established in 1997 before being acquired by THQ Canada in 2004. The company is well respected for its work on Warhammer and Company of Heroes. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War titles have sold a total of 7 million units worldwide, meanwhile Company of Heroes has sold more than 4 million units worldwide. Sega is well known for their work in the Total War series of RTS games. The inclusion of Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War will help the company to continue to grow its PC offerings.
Expect to hear more from Sega concerning the futures of Relic Entertainment and the two IPs.