Those who spend nothing will receive two new multiplayer maps, "Hill 331" and "Don River," alongside an unspecified list of "several improvements to the game." Further, the update also adds Steam Workshop integration to the recently-launched Company of Heroes 2 World Builder construction suite.
As always in life, those who spend a bit of cash will be receiving more stuff. This "Two Fronts" DLC promotion includes all of the above content, as well the "Southern Fronts" Theater of War pack, which you can see in the above trailer.
The Southern Fronts pack adds 10 new scenarios to the game that drop players into the boots of either German or Soviet soldiers as they slowly grind toward victory through a number of battles that feature new tweaks to the Company of Heroes 2 formula. For example, deep mud may inhibit vehicle movement in these maps while also exposing their soft flanks to explosives. The Southern Fronts DLC will set you back $5.
Owners of the original Company of Heroes aren't left out of today's announcement. According to Sega, the original tactical strategy game will be adding improved "Steam functionality, such as secure leaderboards, battle and arbitration servers." This update, like the first we mentioned, is utterly free, and should be downloaded automatically the next time you fire up Company of Heroes.
Large Update for Original and Latest Franchise Installment Contains Free Content, Updates As Well As a New Premium Theatre of War Pack
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – December 10, 2013 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. announced that the next big update for their critically acclaimed strategy series Company of Heroes™ is going live later today. The award-winning original Company of Heroes will see a number of key feature updates to the game's Steam functionality, such as secure leaderboards, battle and arbitration servers.
Company of Heroes™ 2 is continuing the fight on the Eastern Front with this update, offering players the brand new Theatre of War pack, 'Southern Fronts' ($4.99/£2.99/€3.99/AUD 6.49), two free maps as well as a number of game improvements and the ability to upload community created maps in the World Builder via Steam's Workshop.
"These brand new updates show our ongoing commitment to providing the community with regular additions of free and premium downloadable content," said Greg Wilson, Executive Producer at Relic Entertainment. "We are also very excited that we were able to deliver the Steam Workshop maps integration for the World Builder before the end of the year as it will become a vital part of providing our community with the ability to create their own content."
Free Content for Company of Heroes 2:
- Two new multiplayer maps, 'Hill 331' and 'Don River'
- Several improvements to the game, more information at www.companyofheroes.com
- Steam Workshop integration for maps created with the recently launched Company of Heroes 2 World Builder
Premium Content – Theatre of War Pack 'Southern Fronts':
During the Spring Rasputitsa in early 1943, the Red Army launched a series of counteroffensives against German lines in the southwest. While initially successful, the Germans regrouped and managed to regain the momentum to recapture Kharkov. Take command of both factions in a series of 10 challenges and battles that feature new environmental conditions; thick mud that impacts vehicle movement and exposes new vulnerabilities.
- Solo Challenge: Spring Rasputitsa
Donbas Region, Ukraine, 1943 – the spring rasputitsa season has caught the German army off guard. They are poorly equipped to deal with the deep mud and are having trouble mobilizing. Lead an ambush on the German Panzer Division and destroy them before the support infantry can free them and they escape
- Solo Challenge: Occupation
Dnieper River, Russia, 1943 – beginning their counteroffensive against the Red Army, the Wehrmacht makes their way along the Dnieper River. By capturing and taking control of an important Soviet stronghold, the Wehrmacht will be able to set up a fortified position against the Red Army and eliminate their remaining forces
- AI Battle: Retreat to the Donets
Donets River, Ukraine, 1943 – after Operations Star and Gallop succeeded in pushing the Germans back to the Dnieper River, the Soviets found their advantage quickly collapsing as they again lost the cities of Kharkov and Belgorod. The Soviets must hold the bank of the Donets River against invading German forces on the ground and from the air
- AI Battle: Panzer Crossing
Western outskirts of Kharkov, Ukraine, 1943 – the advancing German forces make their way into the outskirts of western Kharkov. The Red Army prepares to defend against the incoming German armor assault with the aid of anti-tank emplacements
- AI Battle: No Retreat, No Surrender
Southwest of Kharkov, Ukraine, 1943 – the Soviets have suddenly found themselves on the defensive, with a reorganized German Army pushing back with renewed vigor and beginning to reclaim territory in the region around Kharkov. You must hold the line and halt the German Army's advance towards Kharkov.
- AI Battle: Breaking Lines
West Donbas Region, Ukraine, 1943 – the Red Army is pushing westwards with Operation Gallop. The German defenders are retreating to the Dnieper river. On the 19th of February, the Red Army broke through German lines and pushed towards Zaporizhia. Soviet forces must swiftly search out the remaining pockets of German defenders and destroy them
- AI Battle: Storming the Donets
Donets River, Ukraine, 1943 – after retaking the city of Kharkov, the German Army pushed eastwards and reclaimed the surrounding area. The Red Army fell back, retreating to a position behind the Donets River. The Germans must attack the Soviet forces on the bank of the river and secure territory on the Donets before the Red Army can form a defensive line
- AI Battle: Heavy Rain
West of Kharkov, Ukraine, 1943 – after being halted in a bloody battle against the Red Army's defenders, German forces have regrouped and prepare to use the cover of night to break through the enemies defenses and continue their assault into Kharkov
- AI Battle: General Mud
Southwest of Kharkov, Ukraine, 1943 – the Germans had been driven back to the Dnieper River and were forced to regroup and reorganize. However, with the Red Army vastly overextended, the Wehrmacht seized the opportunity to launch a counterattack and regain the upper hand. With the return of Panzergrenadier Division Großdeutschland, push north through Soviet territory towards Kharkov
- AI Battle: Kharkov Divide
North of Kharkov, Ukraine, 1943 – in their advance towards Kharkov, German forces are ordered towards the north in an attempt to eliminate the remaining pockets of Soviet resistance. The Wehrmacht has deployed their heavy armor to break through the Red Army's defenses in an effort to complete their encirclement
Company of Heroes 2 is available on PC here http://store.steampowered.com/app/231430/ and the original Company of Heroes here http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/4560/. For more information, check www.companyofheroes.com, and to download SEGA game assets, please visit www.sega-press.com.
About Company of Heroes™ 2
It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the most brutal conflict of World War II, as Germany launches a full-scale invasion of the frozen tundra of the Soviet Union which would result in over 14 million military casualties. Take command of the iconic Soviet Red Army in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the invading Nazis. Your strategic skills and tactical expertise hold the power to tip the very balance of this conflict in the sequel to the critically acclaimed and multi award-winning Company of Heroes. Engage in visceral tactical combat that will define you as a military leader and challenge you to wield the might of the Soviet Empire as you smash your way to Berlin.
About SEGA® of America, Inc.
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including Windows PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. SEGA® of America's Web site is located at www.sega.com.
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