Company of Heroes 2 was one of the best games I played at last year’s Eurogamer Expo. I think I actually played the brief demo three or four times so I could try different approaches to the combat. It was really, really good.
But following THQ’s unfortunate demise, I was worried it would hit a lengthy delay when it got snapped up by another studio. Sega stepped in for the Relic game, though, and although that was mildly unexpected, it was great news, given the pedigree they have with publishing the Total War games for Creative Assembly.
Well, now I can start getting excited all over again. The pre-release schedule for Company of Heroes 2 seems well on course, with a closed beta launching on April 2nd. Initially, this will just be for those who pre-ordered the game but there will be a second phase “in coming weeks” which opens the beta up to a much wider audience.
The initial closed beta will feature the multiplayer and skirmish gameplay on six maps. Participants will be able to take part in 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 or 4v4 games, with or against other players and AI opponents. They’ll have access to the first 40 levels of progression too.
The beta is hosted on Steam and makes use of the Steamworks matchmaking and friends lists. It’ll primarily be to test balancing ahead of the game’s June launch.
Source: Press release