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Relic Entertainment has released the very first gameplay trailer for Company of Heroes 2. It provides a healthy dose of battle footage from the World War 2 real-time strategy game.

CoH2 focuses on the Eastern Front of WW2. Players will be able to experience all of the key conflicts from the war between the Nazis and Soviets. It begins with Operation Barbarossa, Germany's initial invasion of the USSR, and closes with the Soviets taking the German capital of Berlin.

The game's powered by Essence 3.0, an updated version of the engine used in the first Company of Heroes as well as the Dawn of War series. CoH2 will be the first game to use version 3.0. It supports destructible environments and realistic weather, both of which play a key role in battles.

Company of Heroes 2 will be out in early 2013. If you haven't played the first CoH yet, you can get it on the cheap with the Humble THQ Bundle for a limited amount of time.