Company of Heroes 2 Theatre of War mode detailed

WWII RTS to feature a series of single-player and co-op missions to bridge the gap between single-player and multiplayer.

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Company of Heroes 2 developer Relic Entertainment has unveiled the upcoming WWII RTS' Theater of War mode.

Theater of War is a string of single-player and co-op missions, each themed around a particular battle across the game's Eastern Front setting. Missions take place in a particular year of the war, and will feature units and abilities that reflect the mood and setting of the conflict at the time.

Company of Heroes 2's Theater of War mode will ship with a series of 18 missions set in 1941. More missions will be added as downloadable content, including the mini-campaign offered to customers who preorder the game.

SEGA says the missions will include "solo challenges where players are pitted against overwhelming odds, AI battles against an enemy commander with a unique play style, and co-operative scenarios for fans to enjoy with their friends"

While the game will feature its own single-player campaign and multiplayer modes, game director Quinn Duffy said Theatre of War will act as a bridge and help “to introduce traditionally solo players to the online elements of the game.”

Relic Entertainment recently said that a third game in its Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series was a "strong possibility" for the developer.

Company of Heroes 2 will be released for PC on June 25. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

39 comments
thequickshooter
thequickshooter

let me guess 

the next expansion/DLC will be about the african confilict with italians 

the the third will be against japan 

god let this be true...

foojam
foojam

Steam sucks, i don't get it why they transfer to that shitty platform.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

NICE :D

I still remember how stunned I was when I played the original Company of Heroes. It was an RTS, but the animations, the detail and graphics were that of an action adventure game.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Coop missions should be standard in this type of game.

Unique enemy commanders sound like the C & C Generals missions.

zombiewarrior07
zombiewarrior07

I think this is a great idea. Bring on the battle of Stalingrad! Or huge tank versus tank battles at Kursk, would really like to see that. Playing the Beta now, and loving it!

Leon_aditzu
Leon_aditzu

this is a good year for strategy gamers: Company of heroes 2, Rome 2 Total War, Wargame Airland battle, Europa Universalis 4 and StarCraft Heart of the Swarm. A strategy game should win the game of the year

entan
entan

It's not my cup of tea, since I mostly play RTS games for competitive MP,  but I'm all for features that introduce more players to multiplayer experience.  Just please don't make it mandatory for people who just want to play traditional MP. No exclusive unlocks, kk?

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

I like ww2 but id like to see them do other wars as well, like Vietnam..

Vagnar
Vagnar

Please keep offline Lan! The first one is one of my favourite games for Lan parties.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Co-op stuff is always nice. I like the first company of heroes but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would because of the base building part, I'd just like the choice to build better bases especially the defending part of it.

abbasreza
abbasreza

It would be awesome if they made an expansion pack somewhere down the line to add the Japanese as a playable faction.

cboye18
cboye18

is there base buiding and air units?

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Seems to be some sort of persistent single player, I like the idea of playing the Eastern Front progressively as time goes by from 1941 to its conclusion, this could mean more life to the game instead of game over after finishing the offline campaign.

Freedomination
Freedomination

"Missions take place in a particular year of the war, and will feature units and abilities that reflect the mood and setting of the conflict at the time." Hello rasputitsa!

Prats1993
Prats1993

"bridge the gap between single-player and multiplayer", well that doesnt sound good.

AnNiHiLaTor808
AnNiHiLaTor808

This game is gonna be a huge let-down for diehard fans like me :( I have played the beta. 

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Warhammer 4K DOW 3 please !!! I am bored with the WW2 setting....

By the way the game textures look low res...

hystavito
hystavito

@SauhlGood Vietnam war games have been done, but the problem is that if you want to remain even somewhat historically accurate you can't have the same battle styles that most people want in an RTS.  You don't have any large scale vehicle combat, you don't even have balanced infantry combat.  The Vietnam war works better for games that focus on small scale engagements, like Men of War Vietnam.

feathers632
feathers632

@Vagnar Who is Lan and why must he keep offline?  Has he been upsetting people?

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@cboye18  

Yes to base building, air units are a call in ability not build able. 

cm94
cm94

@MAD_AI What about the multiplayer? Its not game over until the servers die. 

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

@Prats1993 Yea for a moment Diablo 3 and Simcity came to my mind. But the article talks about the "Theatre of War mode" the Single player campaign can be played offline co-op is optional

Freedomination
Freedomination

@AnNiHiLaTor808 Really? I like it. It still needs some balancing of course, and personally i would have liked it if they slowed it down slightly (less resource income, slower victory points). Other than that its very similar to the old one isn't it?

entan
entan

@feathers632 @Vagnar Those bloody sadists are actually having parties during which they keep poor Lan offline!

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@cm94 @MAD_AI  

I'm all for MP, been playing several matches since open beta, but I still would like more SP content. 

ZOD777
ZOD777

@cm94 @MAD_AI I really enjoyed some of the campaign missions where you have like 6 minutes to set up defenses before crazy amounts of enemies come at you.  Those are fun.

cm94
cm94

@MAD_AI @cm94 I never really played the single player I didn't really like it, I much prefer MP. 

ZOD777
ZOD777

@AnNiHiLaTor808 @Freedomination Well, when you are zoomed out, the graphics on even the original COH still look good in my opinion.  It is only when you zoom down to your units that they show any signs of jaggies.  99% of the time you are going to be zoomed out anyway.

Elwin2012
Elwin2012

@AnNiHiLaTor808 @Freedomination 

The game fill like arcade when you shoot 4 rounds with a at gun againes a tank.

I love the blitzkrieg mod and its far better when it comes to sound and unit balance than coh2, how will be fixt untill game comes out :P