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Relic: future Company of Heroes sequels could go "anywhere"

Omri Petitte at

World War II's massive fronts and costly campaigns are the gunpowder-flavored butter to Company of Heroes' bread, but future entries in the RTS franchise beyond Company of Heroes 2's snowdrifts and drifting tanks might not necessarily keep the same setting. Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Relic Game Director Quinn Duffy said the series could go "anywhere" and deal with other military conflicts. It's called Company of Heroes, after all, not Company of Russian, American, or German 1940s Heroes.

Company of Heroes gets beta patch, Company of Heroes Online gets more maps

Tom Senior at

Company of Heroes Online is shutting down on March 31, but that hasn't stopped the developers from releasing two new maps for the game. The four player skirmish map Road to Montherme and an eight player version of the classic Hill 331 maps were added to Company of Heroes Online on Friday. A beta patch for the original Company of Heroes is also available to test now on Steam.

PC Gamer US Podcast #258: 100 Proof

Andy Bauman at

Evan, Josh, Dan, intern Lucas, and special guest Mikail Yazbeck get comfortable with the microphones in the never before used podcast room and chat PC Gaming. Topics include: Are free to play RTS games too imba to be worthwhile? Company of Heroes Online's shutdown might provide some insight. What are some of your favorite in game enemies? And much more.

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PC Gamer US Podcast 258 - 100 Proof

Age of Empires Online dev says free-to-play games are the best defence against pirates

Tom Senior at

The producer of Age of Empires Online has been voicing his thoughts on piracy, saying that the free-to-play model is one of the best defences against piracy. He argues that Eastern games that primarily use microtransactions are more secure than other games, and that "it makes sense for us in the West to catch up on this."

Company of Heroes Online closing down

Tom Senior at

Relic announced earlier today that they will be shutting down the open beta of Company of Heroes Online in March, saying that the end of the beta means the end of Company of Heroes Online.

PC Gamer UK Podcast 44: The Lost Podcat

Tom Francis at

Wet and shivering, the lost podcat scurries into the warm glow of your RSS feed. We know, it's been two and a bit months. We are sorry. To make up for it, here's the podcast we recorded at the same time as the Team Fortress 2 special but never got around to putting up. We'll also have a new and shiny one for you within the week, when our regular podding will resume.

Rich explains what's new in Dragon Age 2, and tries to excuse BioWare using the term 'hotrodding the art style'. Tim's seen Relic's Warhammer 40K shooter, Space Marine, and has lots of good things to say about Company of Heroes Online. Craig actually talks about a strategy game for the first time ever, and it's one in which 'raise the GDP of China' is a mission objective. Meanwhile Tom - hello - explains the brutal difficulty of trying to bake 300 loaves in Stronghold while stalking mounted archers with your slow but unstoppable terminator king.

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Company of Heroes Online is the best deal in PC gaming

Tim Edwards at

I've just been tinkering with Company of Heroes Online, the awesome World War 2 strategy game from Relic. And it's unbelievable. Absolutely, mind blowing. I know we've been banging on about this for months now, but you really, honestly, absolutely have to try it out. If you sign up at the Company of Heroes site, you can download the full, original, Company of Heroes campaign, for free. There's absolutely zero catch. It's worth it just to play the Carentan mission - which I still think is the best RTS level ever created. We'll have much more shortly, but just go and have a play, and report back what you think.

Meet the commanders of Company of Heroes: Online

Jaz McDougall at

Look, tanks! I mean, here is a Company of Heroes Online trailer with tanks in it. I mean, it details the three classes of commander and their areas of specialty: Infantry, tanks, and tanks. I mean, air force.

Company of Heroes Online set to invade Facebook

Tom Senior at

We had a sit down with Greg Wilson, producer of Company of Heroes Online. He's revealed some interesting new details about Relic's plan for taking their intense WWII strategy game online, and making it free to play for everyone.