Relic considers PC version of Space Marine

Written by Ben Hardwidge

October 28, 2009 | 10:20

Companies: #relic

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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