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.

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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.
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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