Recent DoW3 news/update;
Another DoW leader abandon ship. This time, it's the DoW3 art director Matt Kuzminski
Now; "Independent Consultant"
DoW3 Credits (not complete)
Fun fact, Axis Animation
that made the great DoW3 trailer with NO COMMUNITY FEEDBACK has one Executive Producer involved from start to finish but not the game itself.
Where are the DoW3 Executive Producer, Stephen MacDonald?
Or DoW3 brand manager Danielle Robinson
To quote myself:
FYI; neither the DoW3 brand manager (Danielle Robinson) that worked on this game PR/marketing for years and the executive producer (Stephen MacDonald) was not even included in DoW3 end credits.
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Look at Axis Animation http://www.axisanimation.com/ that made the awesome DoW3 announcement trailer and vastly outclass anything Relic could have done. With no community interactions, Axis Animation (not Relic) captured the essence and art style of DoW perfectly.
They are in no way going under especially now that they are getting a new studio and Sega has pledge 50 more jobs in the area.
Yes, but this does not change the fact that "New Relic" is not in a good shape to compete against anyone important outside of CoH, let alone Blizzard (AoE4 vs SC2).
Contrary to "old Relic" management, "new Relic" did not get to the top of RTS by competing with top RTS studios but by the process of elimination. Can you imagine what would happen if a highly competitive leader like Steve Jobs (RIP) was running Relic?
Steve Jobs (Apple co-founder) still teaching lessons to today's CEOs:
Memo by Apple's late CEO a lesson in vision and competitive thinking.
Most important, though, is that the Jobs revealed here — not for the first time, to be sure — is a sworn enemy of complacency. Jobs’ memo describes a company busy reinventing itself.
Complacency is the leading cause of death, and brushes with death, among once-great enterprises.
Falling into the trap of complacency is one of the reasons Relic management underperforms/getting sloppy. This was clearly demonstrated by DoW3 and taking crazy risk with this IP for no good reasons. Imagine if Blizzard has released Warcraft 4 in 2017 to compete with DoW3.
Except maybe Iron Harvest, CoH as niche game has no real competion and that is what keeps the game alive with a "core fan base" similar to Total War series. As a consumer, the lack of competion is not a good thing. That's not how you get "good value" for your money.
Relic burned a great deal of "fan goodwill" with CoH2 mistakes, even more so with DoW3.
The studio is by no means dead yet, but the challenges they face are immense.
We should not confuse Relic self-preservation with loyalty to CoH/DoW fans. It's not the same thing. At best CoH3 will be another business for Relic/Sega, that's good enough for me. I'm not the guy looking to "make friends" with Relic, but we should expect them to act as gaming professionals (or else).