MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 14:22:
Steam reviews indicate...this game is shit, compared to DoW1.
Oh well, I can write Relic off as a studio now, officially, at least.
They want to be some sort of MOBA/multiplayer Esport game company, not a good RTS company.
That's a shame, chasing some other popular format instead of just making a good game.
Relic seems to make strange RTS games, looking at their releases it can be summed up as Homeworld, Dawn of War, and Company of Heroes. It's starting to seem like they have a formula they make their games from and the franchise gets applied to it, like Ubisoft does.
Hamfistedly forcing MOBA/esports into the mix seems like a loss. Not only because there's already so much competition there but in this case because Dawn of War already has so many fans wanting a new game, a new Dawn of War game. I'd be surprised if DoW wasn't Relic's most loved game with the most fans waiting for more of what made them love it. Ripe for the picking in a genera with little competition and they instead steer into Esports, foolish. Don't know and can't even guess if it's Relic or Sega who pushed for it.
Looking at the reception of Dawn of War, Dark Crusade, Soulstorm on Steam they get from 80% to 95%, the 80% actually being a standout in only recent Soulstorm ratings while all others are 90+. It then declines severely from there with sequels.
Arguably their best game being the only typical RTS game they've ever made, makes it all the more nonsensical straying further from a typical RTS especially with that franchise.
I haven't seen anything about Dawn of War 3 that makes me want to play it, while things like "esports" makes me want to avoid it and this isn't the only mention of it as some thoughtful reviews also point out that aspect being there at the expense of the game.
What a failure, it doesn't matter if this game breaks even or makes decent profit etc, it's a failure compared to what it could have been both as a game and it's reception.