Sega sent a press release overnight about its Relic acquisition, and seemed to suggest it had acquired the Warhammer 40,000 IP as well.
Update: It sounds like proceedings may be delayed. The auction is still going and the hearing could start this evening at 8pm UK time rather than at 5pm. That information comes from an investor (@DDInvesting) who seems reliable.
Remember Company of Heroes, the 2007 World War II strategy game from THQ? Well, you might like to know it's currently going cheap on Steam.
Standalone expansion. Is it just me, or is that something of an oxymoron? How can you expand something if you don't even need to own the original thing in the first place? It's a particularly pertinent question as far as the new Company of Heroes disc is concerned, since this standalone package doesn't really offer much in the way of new content. It's clearly not a sequel, but then its slim pickings don't do all that much to expand the game either.
Company of Heroes, of course, was and still is absolutely ace, coaxing top marks from the mercurial Mr Gillen back in 2006. One of the finest RTS games of the last few years, it rose above the herd of similar World War 2 strategy titles and showed that veteran Canadian developer Relic wasn't about to live up to its name.
But when you've got a game that's been so universally acclaimed, where do you take it next? Keep churning out the same stuff and you risk familiarity curdling into contempt. Change things too much and you lose whatever it was that made people go gooey to start with. Fans of this meatiest of strategy challenges therefore can't help but have shivered a little when designer Chris Degnan told us that there was "a drive to make a more casual, friendly experience" for Tales of Valor. Has the 10/10 titan of wartime RTS fallen prey to the dreaded dumbing down?
The winds of change blowing through the corridors of Relic Entertainment may be having the most profound impact on the Dawn of War team, but there's still enough of a breeze left to sway the direction of its other projects, and the Canadian developer deserves credit for its efforts to chop, change and experiment - even with a critical darling widely regarded as one of the greatest strategy games ever made. Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor is the second standalone expansion to the gripping WWII RTS, but more of the same just wouldn't do, and Relic simply can't stand still.
World War II expandalone advances.
A second expansion pack is in the works for Company of Heroes, the PC real-time strategy title from THQ.
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor [sic] will include three campaigns along with new units, maps and multiplayer modes. There's also something called a "direct-fire" feature that's said to allow more tactical control during battles.
Tales of Valor is being developed by Relic, the same studio behind the original title in the series. Which scored an impressive 10 out of 10, come to think of it - read Kieron's review to find out why.