Here’s a nice surprise: Company of Heroes 3 is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 in 2023, being ported to console following on from the launch of the PC version of the game on 23rd February.
Showing off how the game will work on console, Relic released a gameplay trailer showing off one of the major missions from the Italian Dynamic Campaign. Making use of Full Tactical Pause to stop and start the gameplay, Company of Heroes 3 has also been rebuilt around a new control scheme specifically for gamepad, while the UI in general is also being adapted to better suit playing on a TV.
Company of Heroes 3 takes the battle to the Mediterranean theatre of war. It will offer several different campaigns to play as well as four distinct factions to enlist in, and you’re given broader control over the war effort with a dynamic campaign map. This also means plenty of new vehicles and units to deploy, opening up a wealth of combat options.
The game will feature some of the key battles from history, but with the sandbox style campaign map, you can expect for them to play out very differently to what you’ve read about in books or seen in The World at War reruns. The game has been developed in collaboration with the Company of Heroes community, which has swelled in size since it was announced. Relic has stated that over 200,000 players are now involved with giving feedback regarding the game, and having an influence on how development moves forward.
That will all feed into the first release on PC, before then pushing through the to console version. This will be the first time that Relic Entertainment is bringing one of their RTS titles to console, and just the second time they’ve made a console game – the one and only example before this was the cult favourite Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine which came out in 2011 under former publisher THQ.
Source: press release