Company of Heroes 2 officially announced, first screen shown

Confirming much of a recent reveal from the UK, THQ officially announced Company of Heroes 2 today. The company is targeting early 2013 for the game, which will focus on the eastern front of World War 2. Players will take command of the Red Army to fight off Nazi invaders ravaging Mother Russia. Company of Heroes 2 is being developed by Relic Entertainment, as expected, using the company's own Essence 3.0 Engine. Relic touts the sequel as featuring dynamic battle tactics, environmental destruction, and new commander abilities. Comments from THQ executive VP Danny Bilson mention a "strong post-launch digital content plan that enhances and expands the product's lifecycle." The announcement also teases the first screenshot, above. "Company of Heroes 2 is a true successor, introducing a new front, new protagonists and new technology while retaining the unique mix of strategic gameplay and competitive multiplayer that made the original Company of Heroes such a success," said Relic producer Greg Wilson in the announcement.

Click for expand-o-mode