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Relic considers PC version of Space Marine

Relic considers PC version of Space Marine

Relic has hinted that it may develop Space Marine for the PC if it continues to see strong demand for it.

Talk of heresy is rife among the gnarly Space Marine veterans who rule Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe, but many gamers thought that developer Relic had committed the ultimate act of heresy when it announed that Space Marine would be a console-exclusive . However, following an online backlash, as well as a petition, Relic has now hinted that a PC version could be on the cards.

Speaking to bit-tech, a spokesperson for Relic said that “we're always looking at feedback on forums and know there are lots of people who are interested in a PC version. If we continue to see a strong desire for a PC version of Space Marine, who knows what might happen!"

The aforementioned petition now has over 300 signatures on it, which isn’t a huge number, but it does show the strong feeling of betrayal felt by some PC gamers. Claiming to speak for the community of Dawn of War and the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, the petition tells Relic that “as PC players, we have cheered you on throughout all the years for each game that you have made. And so we ask that on behalf of our following that you remember us and show the gaming industry and the world why you guys deserve the fans that you have.”

Relic’s spokesperson acknowledged that PC gamers had played a pivotal role in the developer’s success, telling bit-tech that "I want to say how much we love and appreciate all the fans who have played our PC games for years; you've obviously helped make Relic the studio it is today.”

However, he added that “our goal when setting out to make Space Marine was to bring that same Warhammer 40,000 experience to console gamers in a unique and awesome way.” When the game was first announced in May this year, Relic’s general manager, Jonathan Dowdeswell, also said that Space Marine would be “built from the ground up for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems.” As such, it’s unlikely that a PC version of the game would be optimised for the PC in the same way as Dawn of War II.

Would you be interested in playing a PC version of Space Marine, or are you happy with Dawn of War II? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Baz 28th October 2009, 10:33 Quote
Want, but not if it's a rubbish console port. Saying that though, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a console centric game, and that was still good on the PC, so there's hope yet.
PQuiff 28th October 2009, 10:53 Quote
Sod space marine.

I wish they would stop messing about and give us HOMEWORLD 3!!!!! Or a HOMEWORLD 3!!!!! disguised as battlefleet Gothic?
Baz 28th October 2009, 10:55 Quote
Rumours are that Homeworld 3 is indeed under development at Relic, along with Space Marine, Dawn of War add on packs and the new Company of Heroes game, so fear not!

They're a very PC centric dev, and I don't think we have too much to fear of them going all "console" on us.
Jack_Pepsi 28th October 2009, 10:57 Quote
+1 Baz!

NO CRAPPY CONSOLE PORT PLEASE!
RickTheSnake 28th October 2009, 11:13 Quote
lately imho relic has been highly disappointing, first ruining CoH's multiplayer balancement and then with DoW2 that isn't even a real RTS. actually i am still playing homeworld 2 with fantastic mods like Complex, and my worst fear is that they turn a possible homeworld 3 in some hybrid console friendly game.
Baz 28th October 2009, 11:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by RickTheSnake
lately imho relic has been highly disappointing, first ruining CoH's multiplayer balancement and then with DoW2 that isn't even a real RTS. actually i am still playing homeworld 2 with fantastic mods like Complex, and my worst fear is that they turn a possible homeworld 3 in some hybrid console friendly game.

I don't think CoH's MP balance is too bad tbh. Staghound broke the game but the fixed it and MP games I play are never decided by just one unit type. Panzerkrieg is rubbish though.
johnnyboy700 28th October 2009, 11:26 Quote
Yes please, but as per the above posts, not if its a crappy console port.
liratheal 28th October 2009, 11:42 Quote
I demand satisfaction.

PC satisfaction.
RotoSequence 28th October 2009, 11:49 Quote
Needs moar space marines on my computer. :)
spectre456 28th October 2009, 12:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
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Originally Posted by RickTheSnake
lately imho relic has been highly disappointing, first ruining CoH's multiplayer balancement and then with DoW2 that isn't even a real RTS. actually i am still playing homeworld 2 with fantastic mods like Complex, and my worst fear is that they turn a possible homeworld 3 in some hybrid console friendly game.

I don't think CoH's MP balance is too bad tbh. Staghound broke the game but the fixed it and MP games I play are never decided by just one unit type. Panzerkrieg is rubbish though.

staghound? i think you mean the t17. It got a nerf in 2.6 anyway so it's fine. the only things that need to be fixed to be honest are the kangaroo carrier and the 3 shot pak bug. Haven't tried panzerkrieg since i can never find a server.

Also, dawn of war 2 was quite good. if it's not a "real rts" then go play starcraft. i found DOW II to be quite refreshing with its campaign and RPG elements.

on topic though. i think relic is merely trying to keep the minority happy so that they don't turn on them like IW did.

btw... what genre is the game?
Grimloon 28th October 2009, 12:06 Quote
As others have said, if it's a full PC version rather than just a straight port it'll be well worth it. Otherwise I'll just get console version any way for the single player but a true PC version with full multiplayer support is what I'm hoping for.

EDIT: Game type appears to be 3rd person shooter from footage I've seen but I haven't seen anything other than the original game trailer. I'll get it whatever the type is as 40K just brings out the inner geek in me :)
zimbloggy 28th October 2009, 12:18 Quote
"has over 300 signatures on it" reminds me of

"There are over 17 mirrors in the mirror world!"
Phil Rhodes 28th October 2009, 13:13 Quote
But it'll be rubbish, won't it, because it's a console game.

I'd rather they buggered off to the consoles if that's what they really want to do, and let us play games for grownups.
Veles 28th October 2009, 13:19 Quote
It's probably not going to be a very good shooter on PC if it's primarily being developed for consoles, just like how Halo Wars would be a **** PC RTS unless they did some heavy modification.
sear 28th October 2009, 13:51 Quote
They'd better get this game over to PC. The first thing I thought was "this game is awesome!"... and then I read the "only for consoles" fine print. Argh.
alpaca 28th October 2009, 13:56 Quote
i signed that petition. there is a disastrous shortage of space marines on my computer.
Mentai 28th October 2009, 15:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
But it'll be rubbish, won't it, because it's a console game.

I'd rather they buggered off to the consoles if that's what they really want to do, and let us play games for grownups.

But we're running out of devs :<

Anyway, it seems somewhat experimental, a PC RTS dev making a 3rd person shooter on consoles. I'm dubious about it's quality at all tbh, they have no experience in that area. If it is a great game of course I'd like to see it on PC though, even if it is so I can use my 360 controller to play at higher resolutions, textures and framerates.
Kumo 28th October 2009, 16:13 Quote
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I've played (Tau) Fire Warrior FPS on my PC and Command Squad (Strategy by turns) on the PSP... A real Space Marine FPS would be really apreciated. And usually PC games have better graphics than console ports.
moshpit 28th October 2009, 16:30 Quote
I thought the console version of Space Marine was all third person shooter? Screw that. I want to BE the Space Marine, not control one from over his shoulder.

Long live Lion El' Jonson and the Emperor!
Star*Dagger 28th October 2009, 16:42 Quote
Develop for the PC or all of us Space Marines will show up at your RL house!
Yemerich 28th October 2009, 17:35 Quote
signed! Strangely at #404
Rkiver 28th October 2009, 18:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by moshpit
I thought the console version of Space Marine was all third person shooter? Screw that. I want to BE the Space Marine, not control one from over his shoulder.

Long live Lion El' Jonson and the Emperor!

Screw that heretic, he went to Chaos. Leman Russ, now there was a primarch I'd follow.
wuyanxu 28th October 2009, 19:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
Rumours are that Homeworld 3 is indeed under development at Relic, .........
yay

that is the best news i've read ever! im a HUGE fan of HW series.
Spaceraver 29th October 2009, 08:43 Quote
A true FPS Space Marine would be Epic.. Or just make one where you can play as all the races. Hmm.. If only Valves HL2 engine supported the gigantic Emperor Titans in scale, we would be in business.. Sort of.
fodder 29th October 2009, 09:47 Quote
300 signatures and Relic are thinking about doing a PC port and all the work that involves.

Are you listening IW? Over 100,000 on a petition to you and your sticking your fingers in your ears for a far less complex change. Numpties.
DraigUK 29th October 2009, 09:53 Quote
I tell you what I want to see.

A 1st person, FPS, 40k game with you as a Space Marine. Designed for the PC.

Start you off as a recruit in training. Then work your way through the ranks to Captain/Lord or whatever. As you progress through the ranks (time span of centuries), you start being able to get tactical and issuing orders to your sqaud(s).

You get to take part in battles on different worlds all over the galaxy and space hulks.

Multiplayer could see your squad taking on AI going through a - designed for - an all human squad campaign, or versus another human enemy squad. Dedicated servers.

You get to custom paint your armour for multiplayer, obviously which will help with clans. As your clan does better maybe they get unlocks that allow further customisation of the paint jobs. Individual unlocks let you add things onto your armour, wep unlocks, terminator armour etc etc.

Add ons can allow you to follow different storylines for different races. To see the campaign from the other side sort of thing.

That is what I want to see.
Mister_X 30th October 2009, 09:38 Quote
I'm a sucker for all things warhammer, books, computer games. I Hoover em up.

Which is odd considering i've never played the tabletop original.

Just such a fabulous universe.
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