THQ formalizes Company of Heroes sequel; new tech, “strong” DLC plan

THQ has formally announced Company of Heroes 2. Next to confirming the rumored 2013 launch target, the announcement also brings news of a Red Army vs Nazi playground. With players taking control of the Russian side, it’s their job to repel the invading forces from the motherland.

Relic’s Essence 3.0 Engine is what the game’s running on, promising “increased graphical fidelity and new environmental destruction.”

Hailed as a “true successor” by producer Greg Wilson, the “unique mix of strategic gameplay and competitive multiplayer that made the original Company of Heroes such a success” will be kept intact.

The publisher’s Core Games chief Danny Bilson adds: “Company of Heroes 2 will deliver an amazing strategy experience along with a strong post-launch digital content plan that enhances and expands the product’s lifecycle.”

“Early 2013” is when to expect this one on PC. Nothing more precise yet.