May 18
Company of Heroes 2 - Relic Content

Hey everyone,

The Spring Update is now live in game!

We want to say thank you to the community for taking such an interest in the patch. Community discussion has helped inform many of the changes to this iteration.

Another big thanks goes out to the community balance team, and to a group of experts who provided valuable suggestions to the balance team.

Additionally, a hotfix for some bugs has just been deployed.

Full changelog available here:

Enjoy playing,

Company of Heroes 2 - r_fralex

What is Make War Not Love?
Make War Not Love is an annual celebration of SEGA's strategy games and studios. It's an opportunity to have some fun and a chance to foster a bit of friendly rivalry/comradery amongst sister studios! Last but not least, it's also a great way for us to give back to our communities and thank them for their continued support, with various rewards for taking part in the event - such as free games & DLC :)

Time and Place?
MWNL Sale* – runs from 6pm GMT on the 12th Feb – 6pm GMT on the 19th Feb
MWNL Event – runs from 9am GMT on the 14th Feb – 9am GMT on the 19th Feb
*includes COH2 on Steam and COH2 in-game store items!

During the event, casters A_E and Stormless will be casting a couple of 2v2 COH2 games between two top teams on A_E's channel, with a little twist: a player from each team will have to switch sides. Meanwhile, top player HelpingHans will be live at the PC Gamer Weekender this week-end to represent us and introduce new players to COH2!

How do I get involved?
All you need to do is SIGN UP (and get two free SEGA Mega drive titles from the outset!) and then play any one (or more) of the MWNL feature titles. Your play hours throughout the MWNL event will then be added to the combined communities total play hours. If the communities combined efforts achieve the daily hour target**, a free prize bundle will be unlocked for everyone! For more details about entering the promotion, please ensure you read the terms and conditions.
*Sign ups need to be over 18 and provide a valid Steam ID and email address to register
**Daily hourly targets will be measured through a 24-hour period from 9am GMT - 9am GMT

What are the prizes?
For each day that the combined hourly target is met, SEGA will release a bundle of content*, direct to your Steam library, that will contain a mixture of a free SEGA game, DLC and/or great discount coupons on select SEGA releases.
*Content will be delivered within 24 hours of each day’s target being met

Great promotions and discounts
As part of MWNL SEGA likes to try and make their whole strategy catalogue as easy for anyone to jump in and try as possible. All the titles involved, and a wide selection of their associated franchises, are offered at great discounts over on Steam, so there's never been a better time to try them all out!

I need help!
If you have any issues with the sign up, prize redemption or anything else please contact our support team via

Company of Heroes 2

UPDATE: Oops! This story originally stated that Endless Space 2, Total War: Warhammer 2, Dawn of War 3, and Company of Heroes 2 would be free to play during the Make War Not Love event - which they are not. This has since been corrected. Apologies!

ORIGINAL STORY: Sega has launched its fifth annual Make War Not Love event, offering the chance to win some freebies by playing a number of its biggest strategy games on Steam.

This year's Make War Not Love kicks off tomorrow, February 14th, at 9am GMT. It runs until 9am GMT on Monday February 19th, and is focussed on Endless Space 2, Total War: Warhammer 2 and its predecessor, Dawn of War 3, and Company of Heroes 2.

Read more…

Company of Heroes 2 - Valve
The annual celebration of Sega's great strategy games and studios returns for it's 5th year! Play, compete and win prizes for everyone involved. Plus, have some fun and a chance to foster a bit of friendly rivalry/comradery among the different Sega game communities! Find out more here.

MWNL5 Sale – runs from 10am pacific on the 12th Feb – 10am pacific on the 19th Feb
MWNL5 Event – runs from 1am pacific on the 14th Feb – 1am pacific on the 19th Feb
Company of Heroes 2 - Kyle_RE

With changes ranging from factions to commanders to maps, the December Update is one of the most comprehensive balance patches we’ve ever released and we couldn't have done it without the continued support and dedication from this community. We hope you have a blast playing it over the holiday season! Please visit the Official Forums for the full list of changes included with this update.

To say that this is a Relic update for COH2 would not be giving the members of this community that put in the countless hours to make it possible justice. The map revamp changes are soley possible and thanks to the hard work of community map makers such as Capiqua, Siphon X, Lord Rommel, Pigsoup, MonolithicBacon and WhiteFlash combined with the dedication of strategists such as SOE-Sturmpanther whom provided them with constant competitive feedback and helped organize the map balance changes for release.

The balance changes coming in the December Update were definitely a group effort from the community as the December Balance Preview went through over 10 iterations in a span of roughly six weeks as feedback kept pouring in from all different types of players and perspectives. However, if it wasn't for the countless hours of reading and responding to feedback, testing changes, implementing feedback and updating the DBP mod, and editing and writing patch notes from Mr. Smith and Miragefla, the quality and quantity of changes that are coming with this balance update would be but a fraction of what they are today. No amount of thanks is good enough for the amount of work put into this update from this community but nonetheless it needs to be said; everyone here at Relic thanks you for your continued passion and commitment to the Company of Heroes franchise, its ongoing success and improvement would not be possible without you.

While we’re at it, we want to thank you for being part of the community that’s helped the game grow and improve over the past 4.5 years. Looking at the current patch versus the game in June 2013; the change is staggering! Working more closely and openly with you through the balance preview mods has allowed us to consistently deliver strong balance updates over the past 18 months – a spirit we plan to carry forward into future developments of the franchise!

In light of the road travelled, we have a small favor to ask. If you appreciate how the game has improved since COH2’s initial launch, we would like you to consider leaving a Steam review or revising an existing review to reflect the current state of the game.

Also, help us teach new players the ropes! As infectious as they can be, RTS games are pretty daunting for newcomers. While tutorials and community guides are great, nothing beats friendly human interactions. So, let’s put that Christmas spirit to good use, share the gift of RTS with our friends, and work together to make the Company of Heroes community, bigger, better and stronger.


Happy Holidays,
The Company of Heroes Team
Company of Heroes 2

Hey, do you want Company of Heroes 2 for free? Yeah you do. So what you want to do is head over to the Humble Store sometime over the next couple of days, and click the button that says "Free!" 

Now, having dispensed with the technicalities, let's have a look at the game. Company of Heroes 2 is a World War 2 RTS developed by Relic and released in 2013. Despite its age, it still has a substantial following: SteamCharts says it had a peak concurrent player count of more than 9100 today, a little under half its all-time peak of 20,747.   

That's not bad for game that's four years old, but not really surprising either. We cited it last month as one of the best videogame depictions of the Second World War, thanks to the way "it gave each of its distinct companies a beating heart—voiced officers who each represented an archetype of the types of people who got caught up in the war." 

We also gave it a very solid 80/100 score in our review

The Humble Store also has all the Company of Heroes 2 DLC on sale too, except for the British Forces for some reason. Your best bet, if you're just getting into all this, is the Company of Heroes 2 Master Collection, which includes the base game and almost all the DLC (Ardennes Assault: Fox Company Rangers isn't included) for $10.   

The Company of Heroes 2 DLC is on sale until December 18, but the COH2 freebie is only good until 12 pm ET on December 16. 

Call of Duty®

World War II has been the backdrop for hundreds of PC games in the time since the Allies declared victory, but not all of them get it right. Stereotypes or absurd action setpieces leave historians shaking their heads, and at this point we've seen the same famous battled played out so many times. What would it look like to cobble together a game made from the best depictions of those moments, spread across years and genres?

These are our favorite representations of key World War II moments and battles. Like the games of our most historically accurate PC games, not all of them would pass muster at an academic conference. But they're all commendable for capturing some element of the conflict in a way that shows a reverent, compelling attention to detail.

Best D-Day landing - Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 

While Allied Assault’s graphics don’t hold up flawlessly today, it felt grippingly real in 2002. The developers tried to make us feel like we were in Saving Private Ryan, and they knocked it out of the park. I can still hear the final instructions before being dumped into the surf echo in my mind: “Head for cover and get to the shingle! I’ll see you on the beach!”

I was genuinely tense as the ramp to my transport lowered, putting me directly in the line of German machine gun fire. My heart raced as I watched my fellow soldiers drop like flies all around me. Finally reaching safety was pure euphoria. Many games have tried to recreate that feeling since, and none have truly succeeded in such a gut-wrenching fashion.

Best Battle of the Bulge - Call of Duty 1

It’s easy to forget Call of Duty began as a single-player focused World War II shooter that rose to prominence in an era when it was compared favorably by critics and fans to Medal of Honor and Battlefield. The most memorable mission from the original game (and perhaps in the whole series) was the capstone of the American campaign, “Festung Recogne”. It flips the pacing of Normandy on its head. Rather than a sense of dread at the carnage you know is to come, it lulls you into a false calm before the first wave of Germany’s most infamous counter-attack of the war takes you off-guard.

Infinity Ward did an excellent job of making the assault feel unexpected, and the fight to stabilize the situation frantic and challenging. 

Best depiction of junior officers - Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault 

Sticking to the Battle of the Bulge, I couldn’t complete this list without mentioning CoH2’s fantastic Ardennes Assault expansion. In addition to introducing very interesting dynamic campaign elements, it gave each of its distinct companies a beating heart—voiced officers who each represented an archetype of the types of people who got caught up in the war. The reactive end mission dialogue made me feel each victory and defeat ever more keenly. I’ll never forget Johnny Vastano lamenting the pointless loss of life after a mission where I’d played fast and loose with my boys to get the job done.

Best air combat - IL-2 Sturmovik series

There’s a reason IL-2 is still a darling in the flight sim community all these years later. The meticulous modeling, both visually and mechanically, of the storied Soviet aircraft was enough to set it apart on its own. But it also dialed up the immersion by introducing mechanics like blackout and redout when experiencing extreme g-forces. While most flight sims are content to give you the most immersive experience of a robot flying a plane, not many go out of their way to remind you that you’re playing a flesh-and-blood human being.

Add to this some well-designed missions and wonderfully tense dogfights, and it’s hard to recommend any other game about flying a plane over war-torn Europe more highly.

Best strategic layer - Hearts of Iron IV 

Not many World War II games get into how and why the Allies actually won. Unfortunately for the romantic depictions we’re used to, it wasn’t primarily because of the heroic sacrifices of a few gifted servicemen. It actually had a lot more to do with availability of resources and industrial capacity. These concepts underpin Hearts of Iron IV and challenge you to think about aspects of modern total warfare that most normally wouldn’t give a second thought to. Rather than making it across a beach, your objectives often involve securing key oil fields and developing your industrial heartland.

Best depiction of ground combat in the Pacific - Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm 

The Red Orchestra series represents perhaps the best infantry-focused multiplayer shooters centered on the conflict, and Rising Storm in particular shines a light on the oft-overlooked Pacific theater. Like Allied Assault, it does a fantastic job of depicting the pressure of coming under attack from all sides. Battles play out amidst the chaos of mortar fire and shouted warnings. It's all the more impressive that Rising Storm accomplishes this using other players rather than scripted NPCs. The confusion and paranoia of jungle combat is tuned perfectly to create hectic, low-visibility firefights and allow for cunning ambushes.

Best high-level tactical experience - Steel Division: Normandy ‘44

Existing at a scale just above Company of Heroes but below Hearts of Iron, Steel Division excels at giving you a detailed and plausible sense of commanding combined arms resources to win large battles. Scouting and intelligence are emphasized, gaining air superiority can be decisive, and every weapon on every tank or infantryman models realistic range, accuracy, and penetration. It exists in a great sweet spot in terms of scope and scale to give you the total World War II experience (minus naval combat) in a single match.

Company of Heroes 2 - fralex_RE

Attention loyal Company of Heroes 2 fans! We have the pleasure to announce some juicy updates coming this Holiday season. In a nutshell, you can look forward to a serious balance patch which will include a commander revamp, community map fixes, and new 2v2 maps. We will be implementing all of this in a major patch scheduled for mid-December.

Let’s kick things off with balance. We’ve been spending some serious time thinking about the Fall Balance Patch, and which aspects make the most sense. We plan to leverage all the great work done in the Fall Balance Preview by including some of its most popular and highly voted changes. For more information on this balance update, including our rational behind postponing the Fall Balance Patch, head here.

This balance patch will also include a commander revamp focused on revitalizing some of those neglected commanders currently collecting dust in your inventory. We’re aiming to revamp two commanders per faction, and we’ll be reaching out to the community to find out which doctrines are most in need of this TLC!

We’re also stoked to be implementing a meaty map balance update which will affect many of the maps within the game. Serious credit goes to SoE-Sturmpanther for coordinating the effort, and to map making experts Capiqua, Siphon X, Pigsoup, Lord Rommel, MonolithicBacon and Whiteflash. Their time and expertise have made this fantastic update possible. The result will be more fun, balanced and competitive maps. A huge win for everyone. Get ready to reset your vetoes!

The 2v2 Map Making Contest is nearing an end, and the overall quality in this event has been genuinely spectacular. Our community map makers have clearly mastered their craft, and we have some serious contenders for the 2v2 automatch pool.
If you’re not taking part make sure to catch the 2v2 Map Making Contest Cup, which starts November 4th. You’ll be able to scope these brilliant new battlefields as they play host to some top-level play. The best teams in the competition will be voting for their favourite maps, and soon after we will announce the overall winners of the contest.

We are excited to see these updates coming to the live game, and we hope you are too. Make sure to follow Company of Heroes on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest.
Company of Heroes 2 - fralex_RE

As part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness and support the conservation of wildlife and the ocean’s most amazing creatures, we have partnered with modder Rita Rush, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to bring two new camo bundles to COH2. All associated Relic / Sega revenue will be donated to those charities.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation CHARITY CAMO PACK
Includes 3 full sets for the following armies:
  1. British - Dolphin-themed
  2. USF - Orca-themed
  3. OKW - Whale-themed

Includes 3 full sets for the following armies:
  1. Soviet - Lion-themed
  2. Soviet - Elephant-themed
  3. Wehrmacht - Rhino-themed

See you on the battlefield!

PS: these bundles are only available on Steam and cannot be bought through the COH2 in-game store - just click on the links above to buy them and and help raise funds for these great causes.
Alien: Isolation

The Humble Store Spring Sale is in full swing, and all the developers and publishers seem to be getting in on the party. Today, the SEGA Spring Sale begins, and lasts until Friday, May 19. 

In this deal you'll find the likes of Total War: Warhammer, Company of Heroes 2, the Alien: Isolation Collection, and much more for far cheaper than you'd normally find them.

Total War: Warhammer is one of our favorite strategy games of the last few years, and it's down to £20 / $30 in the sale. Check out our review if you want to know more about it.

Company of Heroes 2 is down to £7 / $5 for the rest of the week. It's several years old now, but it's got a fairly lengthy single player campaign and great multiplayer if you can find other people playing.

Alien: Isolation is, according to our review, the game the Alien series has always deserved. Grab it for £3.74 / $10 if you're looking for some horror this week.

Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info. 


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