Of all the development studios and game properties that moved Wednesday as part of the THQ bankruptcy auction on Wednesday, possibly none was bigger than Relic Entertainment and its "Company of Heroes" and "Warhammer 40K" PC franchises. Sega ended up with the winning bid which just barely beat out Bethesda Softworks parent company, ZeniMax Media.
Sega came in with a bid of $26.6 million for Relic Entertainment and its big franchises including the upcoming "Company of Heroes 2". Zenimax came in $300,000 short of matching at $26.3 million.
Despite Bethesda not getting its hands on Relic and its strategy franchises, it appears that they are in good hands with Sega. The publisher recently changed its focus to core titles including the "Total War" strategy title and received the rights to the "Warhammer" fantasy license. Bringing in more strategy PC games in addition to the "Warhammer 40K" seems the most natural fit of all the transactions from the THQ bankruptcy auction.
Certain intellectual property that Relic has worked on in the past including "Homeworld" is still seeking a buyer.