Man, GDC 2013 keeps delivering. SEGA announced today that Company of Heroes 2, the eagerly anticipated strategy game from Relic, will be running an exclusive, early access beta phase which will go live Tuesday 2nd April. Company of Heroes 2’s beta will be hosted on Steam and will take advantage of Steamworks’ various features (such as match-making and friend list).
The closed beta playtest features the game’s critically acclaimed competitive multiplayer and skirmish gameplay, giving players access to six maps, 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 competitive gameplay, as well as the ability to play alone or with teammates against the AI. Players also get access to the first 40 levels of progression, and the ability to customize their loadouts to suit their play style using the all new Army Customizer.
This first phase of the closed beta will be open to eligible pre-order customers only. There will be a second phase in the coming weeks where a wider audience will get a chance to take part.
Greg Wilson, Producer of Company of Heroes 2, said:
“We are excited to be able to launch the closed beta for Company of Heroes 2. We invite our fans to help us test and balance the game prior to launch, as well as see the changes we’ve already made since the Alpha test in December.”
Quinn Duffy, Game Director added:
“We’ve added two brand new maps to the roster for this phase as well as the four already in the Alpha Stress Test. Players can battle fiercely for control of the Oka River, or brave a close quarters skirmish on the outskirts of Moscow.”
As the press release reads, Company of Heroes 2 promises to bring tactical strategy to life like never before, thanks to the realistic ColdTech weather system, the revolutionary dynamic line of sight system TrueSight, and realistic destructibility.
Company of Heroes 2 will be available for the PC in June 2013.
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