Relic Entertainment has put to rest any concerns about the fate of their highly anticipated World War II RTS, Company of Heroes 2. Ever since the company was bought out by SEGA during THQ’s auction last January, many have wondered if the follow-up to 2004’s widely influential Company of Heroes would be hit with massive delays or even being straight up cancelled.
However, executive producer Jonathan Dowdeswell and producer Greg Wilson have confirmed that their game will only suffer a short delay, being released on Jun 25th, and the extra available funds from SEGA will allow their games “to reach their full potential.”
“We hate to disappoint our fans with a later than expected date as we know they are eager to play but we feel that the additional time will help the team deliver the high quality sequel they deserve. However, the wait won’t be long as players will soon be able to help us test and balance multiplayer in the upcoming Closed Beta. Details will follow shortly.”
The game was originally scheduled to be released this month, so given the huge turn of events and the upheaval of their original publisher, walking away with a three month delay is nothing short of a miracle.
Company of Heroes 2 travels across the torn continent of Europe and puts players in control of the catastrophic Eastern Front, where Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and ultimately doomed his war effort after 80 percent of his power was wasted on the failed invasion. Given the blisteringly cold environment and icy conditions, Relic has stated that the harsh Russian winter of 1942, which claimed the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians, will also play a huge role in the game, whether its tanks risking the drive over icy lakes or units freezing to death.
Call me crazy, but does a World War II game actually seem a little refreshing at this point? The original is a classic, so I’ll definitely be checking out this one. Relic often goes understated as one of the RTS masterminds in the gaming world.
Company of Heroes 2 will be released for PCs on June 25th.