Relic Has the Scale and Support From Sega To Think About a Console Return
In case you haven’t noticed: Sega has become a powerhouse player in the PC space. A rather foreign place for the company to be in considering its console-heavy history, but with the likes of Creative Assembly and Relic Entertainment under its belt, there’s no doubting Sega’s commitment and presence in the PC market.
Speaking of Relic Entertainment, its new and highly-anticipated upcoming game, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, will be available exclusively on PC, which according to Justin Dowdeswell, Relic’s general manager — who recently spoke to GamesIndustry — is a platform strong enough for the studio to thrive and grow on. Nevertheless, with Relic’s peers, such as Blizzard with Overwatch and Diablo III, or Creative Assembly with Halo Wars 2 and Alien: Isolation, there is slowly becoming a trend for traditional PC-exclusive developers to expand onto consoles in some capacity.
As you may know, Relic has dabbed in console development before, for example, with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. But its been some time for the developer since it dabbled beyond the PC space, and according to Dowdeswell Relic is thinking about how can it craft an experience that makes sense on consoles.
“Our ambition is to be a leading studio in this genre, and part of that will mean that we are branching out in the future. Would [console] fit with our existing franchises? I don’t know, referring to the gameplay side of it, but at the very high level our goal of reaching as many gamers as possible, allowing them to have as much fun as possible, we have to be thinking about other platforms.”
Dowdeswell goes on to say that the team not only has the scale within to expand to consoles but that it also has the support from Sega. But don’t just take my word on it, you can check out the quote for yourself below:
“We have the scale within Relic and we have the support from Sega to be thinking [expanding to consoles] about that.”
You can check out GamesIndustry’s full interview with Relic Entertainment which dives into a load of other topics, here.