While many strategy game enthusiasts expected to be playing Company of Heroes 2 by now, developer Relic Entertainment has decided to take a little extra time to add some fine-tuning to the game before offering it to the masses. But don’t worry; your wait is nearly over. Sega and Relic announced today that Company of Heroes 2 will be heading to Mac and PC on June 25 for both North America and Europe.
With a publisher shuffle during the game’s development following the collapse of THQ, it’s no surprise that Company of Heroes 2 has suffered a slight delay in getting into the hands of players. Still, the folks at Relic seem happy with their new partners and are expecting to have the game ready to roll in just a few months.
“Our acquisition by Sega has given us the chance to work with a new partner that has a great track record of working with long standing PC franchises,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Dowdeswell. “It gives us great confidence to know that we have a well aligned team working to bring the best experience we can to gamers around the world.”
According to a statement from Sega and Relic, the developers will be using this extra time to “help Company of Heroes 2 meet the high standard set by its predecessor.” The game will run on the Essence 3.0 Engine, as well as utilize a ColdTech weather system to handle the battlefield conditions, realistic destructibility and a new line of sight system called TrueSight.
“We hate to disappoint our fans with a later than expected date as we know they are eager to play, but we feel that the additional time will help the team deliver the high quality sequel fans deserve,” said Producer Greg Wilson. “However, the wait won’t be long as players will soon be able to help us test and balance multiplayer in the upcoming closed beta.”
Details on the beta will follow shortly. To keep up to day on all things Company of Heroes 2, including that beta we just discussed, be sure to keep an eye on the game’s official website.