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Relic Entertainment today announced that the Open Beta for its eagerly anticipated real time strategy game, Company of Heroes 2 will launch later today and run until June 18.

Featuring the title’s critically acclaimed multiplayer mode, the Open Beta will allow players to experience competitive and co-operative gameplay on six of the game’s maps. The Open Beta will also allow gamers to test out the first 45 levels of the game’s progression and bulletin system.

As an added incentive, players who participate in the Open Beta will get to retain all progression and unlocks earned during this period if they purchase the game within the first 60 days of launch and play it on the same Steam account as the beta.

Greg Wilson, Producer of Company of Heroes 2 commented, “We have been working hard since the Closed Beta balancing and improving all areas of the game as well as adding new matchmaking servers. COH2 has had one of the most successful Beta programs we’ve ever run at Relic and the support of the fans has been a critical factor in making the game more balanced and stable for launch.”

Underpinned by the cutting-edge Essence 3.0 Engine™, Company of Heroes 2 brings tactical strategy to life like never before, thanks to the realistic ColdTech™ weather system, the revolutionary dynamic line of sight system TrueSight™ and realistic destructibility.

The original Company of Heroes™ was released on the PC in 2006 to critical acclaim and is currently the highest rated strategy title on Gamerankings.com (with more than five reviews), with an average of 93.82 percent based on 56 reviews. The game features similar acclaim on Metacritic.com with a Metascore of 93 percent based on 55 reviews.

Company of Heroes™ 2 will be available for PC on June 25, 2013. For more information or to pre-order the game check www.companyofheroes.com

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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.