Company of Heroes 2 confirmed for 'early 2013'

Relic's PC RTS to be set on World War II's eastern front and run on company's Essence 3.0 game engine; postlaunch DLC planned.

THQ today confirmed Company of Heroes 2, announcing an early 2013 release date and more details for the new PC real-time strategy game.

Company of Heroes 2 is going to war early next year.

In development at Relic Entertainment, Company of Heroes 2 is the sequel to 2006's much praised original. Unlike the first game, Company of Heroes 2 is set on World War II's eastern front, with players commanding the Russian forces as they attempt to stave off the Nazi invasion.

Company of Heroes 2 will run on Relic Entertainment's proprietary Essence 3.0 game engine, which THQ said will allow the developer to bring "new technological advancements" to the game.

THQ executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson also noted that the publisher will continue working on Company of Heroes 2 following its launch next year. He said gamers can expect a "strong post-launch support digital content plan that enhances and expands the product's lifecycle."

Company of Heroes 2 was outed last Thursday by scans from the UK PC Gamer magazine, which revealed the game's eastern setting, among other details.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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125 comments
gamar01
gamar01

I'm not sure but does anybody knows if we can actually play either side German or Russian? haven't seen any videos or read any reviews about that, just wondering. I hope it's just not based on the Russian campaign only, and what about the skirmish match and maps. That would be really great if they do include all that. Even better if u can actually play Russian, US, or German on skirmish match against each other, even add Japan to it LOL . My mind is going wild now I'm drooling.....

eddied69
eddied69

Great to hear!! I hope they don't go back to the internet mess!!! They have to make up

for that last CoH add-on. That was pure s--t!!! I've dove into the Men Of War Series,

but damn they're hard. Very realistic I must say. Look forward to this and hopefully 

they won't screw it up?!

chookshagger
chookshagger

The Best thinking persons RTS- at last- cannot wait

GabSte1989
GabSte1989

Good god, I hope this is a lot like the original. That game worked so damn well on nearly every level. I REALLY FARKIN HOPE they don't "technologically advance" it so much that it looses certain elements that made the RTS such a good game.

duderdave
duderdave

Great news indeed.

 

I hope some of the dlc will allow the new game to expand to other fronts and locales, such as the Pacific, North Africa, Italy, etc.

 

I also agree they need to keep to the core ideals of CoH. DoW2 is nice, but the scale of the maps, etc. is way off compared to CoH.

 

I do however hope they make the campaigns co-opable - not exactly like DoW2, but maybe more like Shogun 2, where you can allow a friend to command some of your troops in a battle, which is also part of a coop campaign.

 

Looking forward to its release.

Blade_Valant546
Blade_Valant546

Alas, homeworld 3 still a distant dream, atleast its a good game being announced!

 

fiendling
fiendling

Awesome news, 2013 can't arrive quickly enough for me.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

"post-launch DLC planned"

 

Gee, thanks.

Hellequin85
Hellequin85

took their damn time doing it! but they have listened to the community as a lot of people were asking for the Eastern front as an expansion.

Deugar
Deugar

Damn... It's about time!

iNsaneMilesy
iNsaneMilesy

I'd like to see the Japs vs the Aussies in the pacific, and the desert war in north africa. both which havent really been touched in good RTS games.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

I've been waiting for this for years.. the first COH was fantastic. I can't wait for the sequel.

Jaceric
Jaceric

AT LAST ! I hope they put the US vs Japan in the pacific aswell. Or atleast in an expansion... Way too few WW2 RTS games cover the Eatern front and The pacific theater of the war !

Elveon29
Elveon29

Who love the first Company of Heroes will marry this company of heroes 2 certainly :)

ShadowRun02
ShadowRun02

heck, i won't even pirate this one! im actually going to buy this ****

benythebest
benythebest

This one was a uniquely close-to-reality simulation of a real campaign in the battlefield. I've seen no other comparable to it. World in conflict was good, LOTR nostalgic and Shogun 2 was perfect but in none of them a true definition of "FLANKING" was presented. Environmental destructibility, passionate voice actors work when you click on a unit(A good Nazi is a burnt Nazi! This is for Duffy! and ...), the one of a kind fear of encountering enemy's armor(Tanks,etc...) that you can't scratch even with a grenade, visual effects like explosions and flames out of a flame thrower, deformation of earth so when the both sides' army are destroyed and someone comes in your room and sees the scene he knows there's been a WAR ... only if I could find enough words to describe it a little more. Thank you THQ

 

P.S : Can you add a little turned-based part to this one plz? plz plz plz (I promise to buy Company Of Heroes 2 instead of next Total War!)

groowagon
groowagon

now, this is what you call a f-good news.

Terrorraid
Terrorraid

finally  a AAA rts is going to be released !!... i just hope they follow the COH forumla and make  dawn of war III

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

Loved the first game and the first expansion pack. Downloaded a mod called Eastern Front instead of buying Tales of Valour, howver due to the reviews I read from people who had bought it.

 

Great game and thoroughly looking forward to the sequel. And I really hope that this helps THQ out... A game industry with only EA and Activision as the primary publishers? *shudder*

ReaversRevenge
ReaversRevenge

excellent game! excellent new! *stairs at calender* .....soon

MNDMTX
MNDMTX

a Masterpiece strategy game

Pete5506
Pete5506

I enjoyed the first game, I will be following this one 

lilipood
lilipood

yeah this is what I really like.

red-ray
red-ray

This one simply rocks

Lacrau
Lacrau

now that is a GREAT NEWS!!!

 

zombiewarrior07
zombiewarrior07

This is great news. The first COH game was, in my opinion, excellent. I wonder if the Russians will have those 'dog bombs'? - Explosives strapped to dogs that ran under German tanks to blow them up. Messy....

nzmx121
nzmx121

This sounds awesome, but im doubting the 'strong post-launch support digital content'. Ive had previous experiences with a THQ game that claimed to do that. Mx VS ATV alive was based around the concept of DLC, so THQ basically released half a game. Their 'huge amounts of awesome downloadable tracks and game modes' turned out to be two tracks and some gear sets. This will be interesting...

 

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Wow, 2013 is good year for RTS fans, let's see,, we got New Sim City, C&C Generals 2, X-COM enemy unknown, and this one... it's just P.E.R.F.E.C.T

LCS1981
LCS1981

My heart skipped a beat when I read that headline.  I loved multiplayer CoH.

Gears189
Gears189

About time THQ pulled out their ace card.

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

Sweet lord...it's actually happening.  YES!!

killa32130
killa32130

C&C Generals 2 on Frostbite 2 and now this, i'm in <3 for 2013 now.

lbode9
lbode9

 @Gelugon_baat You can always play single player without an internet connection. You just need your disk and CD Key. You can skirmish and play the campaign. The game automatically tries to login but if you have no connection you can always play signle player. I know I have played a thousand skirmishes due to the fact I can pause when I need to.

Therimight
Therimight

 @iNsaneMilesy Definitely would be awesome. Incorporating naval operations into beachhead landings on Iwo Jima, jungle warfare in the Philippines, fighting in Manchuria and Korea, i think that's like a whole other game. But adding North Africa with the Desert Fox (Rommel) is very feasible, Al Alemmein would be amazing, and the terrain/weather would affect supplies and combat completely. But I agree, the war in the Pacific and the North African Campaign have not be realized by good RTSs

Nibbles37
Nibbles37

 @benythebest Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Brandon Keener (Garrus - Mass Effect) are two of the talents I've noticed and they happen to be two of my favorite voice Actors ^_^

Jaceric
Jaceric

 @Nibbles37

 Yeah they sure should ! One of the best ( if not the best )  CoH Mods ever made ! ( sofar )

Genralbold
Genralbold

 @nzmx121 well considering the amount of support and updates to company of heroes i cannot imagine them doing a bad job!

Blade_Valant546
Blade_Valant546

 @aj_marquez

 Indeed it is a sad fate, maybe once I am on the video game scene I can hopefully get it made.

iNsaneMilesy
iNsaneMilesy

 @Therimight Exactly. North Arfica they can change the brits to include commonwealth forces, for example Montgomery's 8th Army, which includes a whole Australian division. Who by themselves held of the Germans at tobruk, among other places. This could be implimented in a new command doctrine option - Australian division. But north africa gives brith to the SAS, LRDG, Rates of Tobruk (Aussies using tunnels), mass tank warfare - British Desert Rats 7th division vs the wars greatest tank commander Rommel.... and so much more. The pacific definety beach landings! Island maps would be nice. Amphibious APC's to move troop in between them. Naval Arty etc. Australians would be a commando and tough infantry fighting force with great air support and tactical options to account for smaller numbers and lack of equipment... Australia MUST BE DEFENDED FROM INVASION! etc

Lets just hope RELIC explore every option. The US and RUSSIA have been done to death in WW2 games.

Nibbles37
Nibbles37

 @Jaceric I had a big chunk of spare cash at one point and I ALMOST contacted them and offered it for them to make a pacific theater mod with the Japs.

Therimight
Therimight

 @iNsaneMilesy Deffinetly. Hope to see that soon, North Africa in game or maybe DLC, I would be willing to pay for that, and the pacific would have to be an expansion on its own entirely, but if they were both in game at launch, it would be too much to handle. It is possible to over dose on awesome. But here's hoping! Either way, can't wait.