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Creative Assembly director to oversee Relic transition

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Creative Assembly's studio director Tim Heaton has been appointed interim GM of Company of Heroes 2 developer Relic.

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As well as continuing his CA duties, Heaton will be responsible for overseeing the final months of Company of Heroes 2 development, while ensuring a smooth transition following the studio's acquisition by Sega.

The Vancouver-based studio is currently seeking to hire a full-time general manager.

In a statement supplied to CVG, Heaton said that while there are no plans to tie the two studios together, both Relic and the Rome 2: Total War maker can benefit from sharing knowledge. Heaton said:

"We are currently looking for a full-time General Manager at Relic, so my role in this phase is to keep the studio focused on delivering COH2, to find the necessary staff to take Relic into the future and to ease the transition.

"All publishers are similar and yet very different at the same time - there's a load of process and quirks about how Sega do things that I can bring some experience to help with.

"Sega bought Relic because they could see the staffs' depth of ability and knowledge in the PC strategy space. The studio has had a tough time in the past few years with a publisher struggling to support them, but it's a testament to the way Relic works that it has had great staff retention, and that it has focused on making Company of Heroes 2 a great game.

"To be honest we could see many similarities with Creative Assembly - they're pragmatic, deeply experienced and retain focus on the important things.

"We've spent the last few years building a really strong infrastructure at CA. The games are led and supported strongly and we're clear on our aspirations. That allows me some time to take all the learning we've had at CA as we've grown, and apply what's appropriate in Vancouver.

"At the same time, although there are no plans to tie the two studios together, we're already seeing knowledge feed back from Relic into CA."

Relic's previous GM, Alex Peters, left the company for a role at Activision ahead of the sale to Sega, which was reportedly valued at $26 million.

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