Relic pondering console Company of Heroes, 40K: Dawn of War

Studio's general manager says its PC real-time strategy games may make the leap if Battle for Middle-earth II does well on Xbox 360.

Console-owning fans of the Warhammer fantasy gaming franchise were given hope at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo by the developer of the massively multiplayer Warhammer Online game, Mythic Entertainment. The company revealed it had a version of the upcoming PC game running on the Xbox 360, but it didn't actually confirm that the game was headed to Microsoft's platform. But, with cash-flush Electronic Arts' recent purchase of Mythic, a console version seems more likely.

Now those who fancy the franchise's futuristic spin-off, Warhammer 40,000, can have a similarly noncommittal hope of seeing space marines and orcs doing battle on consoles. In an interview with trade site GamesIndustry.biz, Relic Entertainment general manager Ron Moravek addresses the possibility of bringing a pair of the company's real-time strategy games, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and the upcoming military-themed Company of Heroes, to new platforms.

"We're watching Lord of the Rings [Battle for Middle-earth II] going to 360 very closely," Moravek told the site, referencing the recent console port of another fantasy RTS game. "Because if it's successful, I think there's a good chance we could bring Company of Heroes and even Dawn of War over."

When asked about Relic's preference between the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, Moravek said he hadn't seen enough of the PS3 to form a preference, but he added that Relic will support them both.

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Overlord07
Overlord07

BFME 2 already did good on console, same as other stratagys but when will dawn of war come to console?

NeoGamer741
NeoGamer741

Ports like these are nothing but positive things.

Gabe_Laurence
Gabe_Laurence

I think that bringing RTSes to consoles is a good idea (I'm actually pretty exited about the handheld potential) but we don't want the PC to fade away, do we? RTSes have always been home to the PC and have been a big part of PC gaming, too.

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

Rts games on consoles hhmmmm i guess theres weirder mixes out there

fender2004
fender2004

ya..uuuummm no.... rts's are pcs territory and thats how it should be...u cant change that

s0l0123
s0l0123

I think they should stick to the PC.

Baahhhh
Baahhhh

The advent of the video game market's demise is nigh....

BowJedi
BowJedi

This sounds like a great idea. I own BFME2 for the 360 and i personally think it is a great game, and if it does well enough in sales i think that Relic should push to get WH40K DOW on the conosle market.

mwmartin00
mwmartin00

I don't get why people get pissed off about a game coming out on a platform that they don't like. Hey if you don't like it, don't buy it. Quit being a stupid fanboy about it. But for those of us that do like it, great for us. If you've played BFME II for 360 and enjoyed it like many people have, then I'm sure you agree that this is great news. If you hate Xbox or consoles in general, then I recommend you go pout in the corner, and leave the rest of us to enjoy our video games. Gee, what a novel concept. Video games for fun.

sobek001
sobek001

havent red all the posts but.... why dont microsoft or sony have a great idea and ship a high quality mouse n keyboard with their consoles or at least sell them becuase then it would be like a high performance pc for less.... is it realy that hard to think of an idea like that...

thepeter
thepeter

is it really THAT hard for people to use a mouse? an i'm a Nintendo fan!

arfy2
arfy2

YEEEEESSSS!!! Everyone go out and buy Battle for Middle Earth 2 so I can get Warhammer 40K for my 360 when I get it!! :)

atlessky
atlessky

Great,360 gets everything.......wat about ps2?

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Great! If console RTS become something close to console FPS then there will be less need for PCs! But I still think FPS and RTS are better in PC........console FPS are good too.

ak72
ak72

For Civ 4 maybe . but Dawn of War? Everyone knows that game is micro-heavy and you'ere managing squads outfit them with specialized tools. On PC we have dozens of buttons to assign hotkeys but on the consoles , the controller are not good enough at least not yet. Can you perform a cunning flanking maneuver while loading your space marines with heavy bolters , preparing the dreadnought for an orbital drop and reinforcing the terminators before sending them for a deepstrike? Quite a feat if you're playing on a gamepad

CCDANMAN
CCDANMAN

I know people that love playing RTS's on consoles, this shouldn't be so bad.

samuelcsmith
samuelcsmith

OK everyone. I am really, really sick of all this banter about how game makers are making games for consoles that are ports of PC games. Porting games makes perfect sense. All the game publishers want more money to develop more and better games as well as making their bottom line better. Right now is the perfect time to port games as well because the 360 and the PS3 are just as powerful as most PC's if not more so. Now if you want to cry about all this porting, then just don't buy the console version and whine to your other PC gaming friends because I think everyone in here is done with your complaining. I am sorry that you paid thousands of dollars for your computer so you could play games that people are playing by just paying $400 for a console. Just get over yourselves. Now if the port sucks like Quake 4 then you can whine about crappy ports, but leave us console gamers alone.

Xeldos
Xeldos

Thats not really fair to the PC gamers considering that its rare to have our games go to consoles while its not the other way around.

Blackstaff
Blackstaff

Honestly... if you remember Command and Conquer and Starcraft for the PS1.... you'll remember that STRATEGY GAMES DONT WORK ON THE CONSOLES. Even strategy games specifically made for the consoles don't work well, it's just not as good without the accuracy of a mouse

GameSpotFan1987
GameSpotFan1987

Not to be degrading against public opinions and all, but in a nutshell I gotta say: Leave the RTS games for the PC where it works best. Not that I don't appreciate the fact they're trying to bring such a successful genre to a greater gaming community, but some genres work better on certain systems. RTS and FPS games have proven to work more efficient on the PC in terms of gameplay (faster scroll speed, more accurate mouse) while racing games and platformers are more efficient on consoles due to simpler control mechanics. On the other hand, Console versions, especially by next-gen standards, would be more suited in terms of graphics. After all, there have been said that the X360 has the same graphical capabilities as a high-end PC. So for that matter it's a great idea indeen. Also, about the comment on using the Wii-mote for RTS, I gotta be a bit sceptic on that one too. I mean, it would seem to me that you'd be having trouble in getting the cursor at the right spot at the right time expecially during frantic scenarios like attacking or defending a base. I've noticed that some Gamespot editors had that (Bob Colayco with Metroid Prime: Hunters for instance) So again, good initiative to port RTS to consoles but I say PC version works best gameplay-wise

AnubanUT2
AnubanUT2

This is great news ... I'm totally liking BFME II on the 360 and can't wait to see another cool one come to that platform ... Supreme Commander on the 360 or PS3 would be totally awesome.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

The Wii control might work for a different more simple RTS games cuz games with more "action" RTSs will be a total chaos also imagine how much will you had hurt after moving and building so many units!!!

The_SandRock
The_SandRock

Yea! I loved LOTR BFME2 for 360, and it was easy to control, hopefully if this is ported then it will have a similar control scheme

lordxymor
lordxymor

Don't know about the 360, but the wii pointer could be every useful in RTS games.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

RTS should stay in the PC were they belong

jonas__5
jonas__5

Tomtomtomtom, Crysis is not getting ported......

BlackandWhite3
BlackandWhite3

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darkfox101
darkfox101

Well hell now there taking rts's?

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

I would be more intertested in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War than LOTR. I am still working on AVP so I am going to hold off on RTSs until something really interesting comes out. I would like to see more console RTSs though.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

LOTR BFME II is awesome. Hope to see more strategy games on 360.

Zilor
Zilor

Company of Heroes would be a very good game for this, it's slower paced and not as frantic as most RTS games. It's very tactical and deliberate, so losing the speed and precision of the mouse isn't to big of a problem if one at all.

JoshChambers
JoshChambers

I'm all for RTS games coming to consoles.

jwsoul
jwsoul

Great for X-Box great games and if U dont like RTS what the hell u doin here some of the best games are RTS and Starcraft guy they are all the same ? excuse me what are you on and StarCraft wasent the 1st RTS the first true RTS was Dune 2

relset
relset

don`t worry, Starcraft is still the king..these RTS games are all the same!

Archangel3371
Archangel3371

That would be really cool. I hope LoTR: BFME II does well then so we can get more of these. They did do a really good job of bringing the game over to 360 also. Hopefully Blizzard will follow suit since I really love their games.

DDX2
DDX2

I would buy Dawn of War again (have it and LOVE it on my PC) for my 360 in a heart beat if it came.

Tomtomtom1990
Tomtomtom1990

It seems like every day, you hear about another PC game that's getting ported to the 360. We've got COD2, Oblivion, BFME II, BioShock, Frontlines, Quake 4, Half-Life 2, and rumors of World of Warcraft, Crysis, Warhammer: Online, Company of Heroes, and Dawn of War.

Raziel_MGS
Raziel_MGS

i hate pc to console ports, bad quality and ruin the franchise cuz they sell out, i mean you wouldnt want all your consoles on pc would you?

Tomtomtom1990
Tomtomtom1990

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Sgt_So_and_So
Sgt_So_and_So

Lame. BFME2 was awful on 360. There was no control, and wasn't nearly as complex as these games wil lbe...

demollyon
demollyon

i do not like RTS games. Give me FPS!

smiley17O
smiley17O

ok ok the more consoles the better but i hope they make good ports and dont get sloppy

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Well that would be cool to see on the 360 seeing as I liked how the change from PC to the 360 on Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle-earth II. This could mean we could see many more games from the PC come to the 360 just like Microsoft wanted all along. Like how the 360 was built to make easy ports from the PC to the 360. So we could see more games like RTS and other Strategy games that would not be possible in the past.