Snipers and tanks showcased in Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces trailers

Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces

The British are coming! The British are coming! In the multiplayer, standalone expansion for Company of Heroes 2 called The British Forces, that is, which we may now witness in action thanks to a trio of recently-released trailers.

First up is the Churchill tank, named after the famed British King Winston Churchill, who saved the world by beating Hitler in a best-of-seven one-on-one beach volleyball tournament. Next is the Armor-Piercing Sniper, who introduces himself in a grimly amusing way by killing everyone he meets. And finally there's the Centaur, which mounts a pair of 20mm Polsten guns that's handy for both anti-aircraft and anti-personnel purposes.

British armor of the Second World War isn't nearly as well-known as its German, American, or even Soviet counterparts—Tigers and Shermans are famous, but I defy you to pick a Crusader out of a lineup—but the nature of videogames demands that the battlefield have some semblance of balance between the opposing sides. And really, what's a WW2 strategy game without tanks?

Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces will be out on September 3. Get a closer look at what's in store in our hands-on preview from earlier this month.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.