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Company of Heroes 2 Theater of War mode teaches tactics

Company of Heroes 2 Theater of War mode teaches tactics

The beta for Company of Heroes 2 is rolling on through the end of April. In the meantime, Shacknews got a chance to check out the new Theater of War mode, which offers special challenge missions for anyone looking to take a side turn from the main campaign and get some additional training before heading into the multiplayer arena.

Read more: Nine Russian and nine German missions »

"not gonna get this game based on an engine from 2005 with subpar game elements. "WOOOHOO we got ..."
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Sega adds more to Company of Heroes 2 Digital CE

Sega adds more to Company of Heroes 2 Digital CE

Now that Sega will be publishing Company of Heroes 2, it has decided to up the ante a bit by offering a new Digital Collector's Edition that will include a few more perks than the one originally announced by THQ back in September.

Read more: More skins and a new Soviet commander »

"I've been playing a bit of the Beta, and don't really like it so far..."
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Company of Heroes 2 release pushed back to June 25

Company of Heroes 2 release pushed back to June 25

Company of Heroes 2 was originally slated to come out this month, but the bankruptcy of former publisher THQ and the subsequent sale of developer Relic Entertainment to Sega has pushed the game's release date back to June 25.

Read more: Closed beta details coming »

"..considering I'm a major RTS fan, companies are sometimes too optimistic regarding ..."
- RuskiSnajper    See all 9 comments


App developer requests crowdfunding for Homeworld franchise

App developer requests crowdfunding for Homeworld franchise

Relic Entertainment was among the studios picked up in yesterday's THQ auction announcements, having been acquired by Sega. The Homeworld franchise pioneered by Relic, on the other hand, apparently wasn't part of the deal. As a result, mobile studio teamPixel has started a crowd-funding campaign to purchase the IP.

Read more: Plans include Homeworld 3, Homeworld Touch »

"the phrase "touch-control Homeworld-inspired space RTS" does not inspire confidence, but maybe ..."
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THQ studios and games sold to Sega, Koch Media, Crytek, Take 2, and Ubisoft

THQ studios and games sold to Sega, Koch Media, Crytek, Take 2, and Ubisoft

In an auctioning process, THQ has sold many of its studios and upcoming games. Sega has agreed to purchase Relic Entertainment, developer of the upcoming Company of Heroes 2. Given the publisher's penchant for PC strategy games (like the Total War series), Relic's future may be relatively safe in the House of Sonic. According to @DDInvesting, Sega fronted $26 million in the auction, proving they want ownership of the PC strategy space.

Koch Media, owner of the Deep Silver publishing label, has agreed to purchase publishing rights for Metro: Last Light, and Volition, developer of THQ's successful Saints Row franchise. Koch Media offered $22.3 million for Volition, $5.8 million for Metro.

Read more: Darksiders unsold »

"THQ bought them for $10 million and sold them for $26 million, thats a pretty good profit!"
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Interview: The many subtle changes of Company of Heroes 2

Interview: The many subtle changes of Company of Heroes 2

Now that Relic has finally taken off the wraps off the multiplayer portion of Company of Heroes 2, we chatted with global communication manager Simon Watts about how the game has changed since 2006, and whether it needed to change.

Read more: Infantry a must, even in winter »

"I wonder how AI is going to be able to handle blizzards and things...."
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How winter in Company of Heroes 2 will change online multiplayer

How winter in Company of Heroes 2 will change online multiplayer

The biggest addition to Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes 2 has to be winter. Braving the elements in a bone-chilling Russian winter will force players to approach online multiplayer in a new way.

"Tactical RTS is about being a smart commander and making smart decisions on the fly," communication manager Simon Watts told Shacknews at a recent multiplayer event. "If they're a great player, it shouldn't be just about having one build order. If a blizzard blows in, they should be ready to adapt to that. If they don't have a contingency, they aren't a great player. That's what strategy is all about."

Read more: Blizzards could be your savior »

"I'm looking forward to this one, if for nothing else a different RTS at the very least! "
- MadMatt    See all 41 comments


Company of Heroes 2 screenshots reveal DirectX 11 features

Company of Heroes 2 screenshots reveal DirectX 11 features

Got yourself a big shiny DirectX 11 video card, have you, but furious that few games seem to do much with it? You'll be pleased to hear that Company of Heroes 2 dabbles in DX11 for a few shiny effects, then, shown off by publisher THQ in a trio of new screenshots from Relic's RTS.

Read more: Snow deformed as units cross it »

"COH is still the best, and even moreso now with the Blitzkrieg mod. CAN NOT wait for 2"
- k1ld0r    See all 9 comments


THQ president reassures fans, projects still on-track

THQ president reassures fans, projects still on-track

THQ's recent bankruptcy filing led to a flurry of speculation, but the company's new president wants to reassure fans that this actually means good things for the company's future, pointing out that "whatever happens, the teams and products look likely to end up together and in good hands. That means you can still pre-order Metro: Last Light, Company of Heroes 2, and South Park: The Stick of Truth."

Read more: Our teams are still working on those titles' »

"They have the best lineup for any company which is doing so poorly. This year too. THQ is the ..."
- Gwyndion    See all 11 comments


Company of Heroes 2 multiplayer preview: winter of discontent

Company of Heroes 2 multiplayer preview: winter of discontent

Company of Heroes 2's tagline is "Winter if Coming." With the Soviets serving as the primary protagonists this time around, such a (faux) tagline makes sense. It is, after all, very cold in Mother Russia. But how will that affect the multiplayer?

For a rather large contingent of fans, this is not a trivial question. The original Company of Heroes remains one of the most popular traditional real-time strategy games this side of StarCraft, and it retains a devoted multiplayer following. Much of that appeal is derived from sheer novelty. Where StarCraft, Command & Conquer, and every other RTS are high-speed clickfests, Company of Heroes is slow and realistic. It prides itself on simulating a real battlefield.

Read more: Is the winter tileset too brutal for multiplayer? »

"And asymmetrical maps are awesome sauce unless you have to start on the disadvantaged side in a ..."
- hyperwired    See all 40 comments


Company of Heroes 2 trailer shows turning point of war

Company of Heroes 2 trailer shows turning point of war

Company of Heroes 2 takes place on the Eastern front during World War II, featuring some of the bloodiest battles of World War II. A new trailer for the game from THQ shows off the "Turning Point" of the war from the Russian perspective.

Watch: Tanks sinking in lakes »

"Not strictly true...the online component had a shit load of issues with NAT. Not sure if it was ..."
- Mr. Goodwrench    See all 16 comments


Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2 coming in March 2013

Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2 coming in March 2013

Two of THQ's most anticipated games are now expected to ship in March, "later than initially planned."

Metro: Last Light, a first-person shooter from 4A Games, was already delayed to Q1, but now we're certain of its March release. Company of Heroes 2, a long-awaited RTS sequel, has also been delayed. But hey, at least you know what pre-order bonuses you'll get.

Read more: Reaching 'their full potential' »

"THQ has a big problem with DLC-ing every game to death now... It really just promotes people ..."
- darthfusion    See all 8 comments


Company of Heroes 2 outlines pre-order bonuses, collector's edition

Company of Heroes 2 outlines pre-order bonuses, collector's edition

You may not have put down your money yet for Company of Heroes 2, but the game features Russian conflict. The Russians have ways of making you talk -- or, you know, pre-order. THQ announced its Digital Collector's Edition today, along with a handful of pre-order goodies.

Read more: Extra skins, missions, and more »

""Those who want to shop elsewhere will have to get the Command Pass separately." If this is ..."
- darthfusion    See all 8 comments


Company of Heroes 2 preview: Cold Snap

Company of Heroes 2 preview: Cold Snap

The Russian front in winter is a cold, desolate, unforgiving landscape. Armies have fallen by underestimating the bitter, bone-chilling conditions of the country's northern regions. Company of Heroes 2 puts this experience in stark relief by making the environment itself as dangerous as any enemy army, and looks to give the real-time strategy genre a fresh dose of realism.

Read more: Trudging through the snow and ice »

"I'm not sure that, with putting flags on fuel depots in the middle of a battlefield and having ..."
- gibolas1234    See all 11 comments


Company of Heroes 2 chills out with ColdTech

Company of Heroes 2 chills out with ColdTech

As no recreation of World War 2's Eastern Front is complete without bitter, crippling cold, Relic has whipped up some fancy new technical whizzbangs it's calling 'ColdTech' for Company of Heroes 2. Snow gathers to slow troops, dynamic blizzards sweep in, and soldiers risk freezing to death.

Read more: Ice, snow, and death, death, death »

"The snow build-up sounds cool. The ice effects are awesome. But this "Your army men will ..."
- darthfusion    See all 5 comments




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