The fall game-release deluge is now one step closer to beginning. Today THQ's Company of Heroes became the first major game with a September release date to go gold. Rated M for Mature, the game is now on track to ship on September 14 for the PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99.
Developed by Relic Entertainment (Homeworld, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War), Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy title set in World War II's European theater. Its single-player campaign follows a company of US GIs as they press into Nazi-occupied Europe. The game's multiplayer mode will let up to eight players battle it out with a variety of weapons and vehicles as either the Axis or the Allies online or over a LAN connection.
Company of Heroes is powered by Relic's brand-new Essence Engine, which the studio has built from scratch. It features next-generation graphical effects, like high dynamic range lighting, normal mapping, dynamic lighting and shadows, and advanced shader effects. The game also uses Havok physics technology and sports totally destructible environments.
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