Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor Gone Gold

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The latest game out of Dawn of War II developer Relic Entertainment is off to manufacturing and will hit retailers on April 9, publisher THQ announced today.

A stand-alone expansion, Tales of Valor (PC) adds three campaigns and three new multiplayer modes, along with new maps and units, to the studio's WWII strategy series.

Though it does not require the past two Company of Heroes games, Valor will interface with them so that owners of all have "complete access to the battles of World War II."

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    March 26, 2009 7:48 AM

    Yay, more COH! Hopefully the patch comes out any day now.

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      March 26, 2009 9:45 AM

      Yeah it is up on the relic server unofficially... 100megs. Probably wait until relic announce it or backup your folder incase they do some last minute changes.
      Epic changelog.

      In other news... Can't wait to give some of these new MP modes a whirl.

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        March 26, 2009 11:25 AM

        ...actually what armies are those that purchase ToV going to have access to? All 4? Or just Americans and Wehrmacht?

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          March 26, 2009 1:38 PM

          Maybe just the new MP modes?

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            March 26, 2009 1:51 PM

            Then it would require CoH Vanilla, or Opposing Fronts.

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              March 26, 2009 4:26 PM

              Not necessarily. I was reading a Multiplayer Preview of ToV at IGN and it seems like at least 2/3 new modes are rather army-agnostic. The DotA-style tank vs. tank mode is Allies vs. Axis and there are three tanks for each side- Sherman, Hellcat, and Churchill for the Allies and Panzer IV, Hotchkiss, and Panther for the Axis. The survival mode is Allies attempting to stave-off waves of Axis.

              Essentially, it seems that the new modes are using "custom factions" per se so they're not really Americans or British or Wehrmacht or Panzer Elite. Therefore, I'd say it's likely that if you only get Tales of Valor that what is available to you in multiplayer will only be the new MP modes in Tales of Valor and you won't be able to play regular Victory Point/Annihilate. Of course, the wording in the above article kinda goes both way:
              "A stand-alone expansion, Tales of Valor (PC) adds three campaigns and three new multiplayer modes, along with new maps and units, to the studio's WWII strategy series.

              Though it does not require the past two Company of Heroes games, Valor will interface with them so that owners of all have "complete access to the battles of World War II.""

              The only other penalty I can think of is that Relic has talked about the new units being "swap-ins". That is, they are not part of a specific army by default and the player instead needs to indicate that they would rather have the new unit in their army than one of the old units. If you only get Tales of Valor, Relic may restrict that choice by forcing you to swap in the new units for whatever old ones they are able to replace.