Company of Heroes 3 has been announced by Sega and Relic Entertainment, and it’s set to be their biggest and most ambitious game yet. Company of Heroes 3 is targeting release in late 2022, but eager fans of the series can try out the pre-alpha work in progress version of the game via Steam today – just head here to get playing.
Company of Heroes 3 is set in the Mediterranean theatre of war, as the Allied forces battle through North Africa and then invade Europe through Italy. Thanks to this change of setting, CoH3 will also feature new factions, new tactics and new stories that the series has yet to explore.
The game is built on the new Essence Engine 5, with a Dynamic Campaign Map that lets players command ground, air and naval forces, marshalling supply lines to let your Allied army fight up through Italy. You’ll have long-term choices to make that will affect how the war unfolds.
Single-player should be more accessible thanks to the Full Tactical Pause. Common to quite a few RTS games these days, this will let players pause the game, coordinate orders and actions, and then let time progress.
Relic has also released a gameplay video:
Speaking about the game and the way that they are opening up its development to the comunity, Justin Dowdeswell, General Manager at Relic Entertainment said, “We’re really excited for players to experience Company of Heroes 3 right from the pre-alpha stage and to receive their valuable feedback. We’ve been co-developing the game with some of our fantastic community members for years now, and they have been instrumental in providing consistent and meaningful feedback at every step of the development process. We are ready to expand that program in a massive way with our fans around the world via our CoH-Development program, which has been made possible by Amplitude Studios’ superb Games2Gether platform.”
Company of Heroes 3 will come out nearly a decade after Company of Heroes 2. Back when that game released in 2013, I wrote in our review:
“Company of Heroes 2 breathes a new life into the World War 2 setting, as the more desperate and brutal conflict on the Eastern Front is depicted with a particular feeling of authenticity. Throughout the story, Isakovich and Colonel Churkin argue the morality and realities of how they feel the war should have been fought, and this is a balance echoed by the two very different armies which face one another.”
Source: press release