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Today Real-time Strategy giant Relic announced that it will be bringing a free-to-play version of its WW2 title Company of Heroes to PCs this fall. Originally made for Asian markets, the free-to-play version, dubbed Company of Heroes Online,  features eight player multiplayer, “Specialization, commander customization, and persistent progression.”

In this version, each online win you achieve will earn you points. These points then can be used to purchase upgrades and “special units.” For those of you who don’t have the time to rack up enough points, there will also be the option of buying these upgrades and “special units” though microtransactions.

THQ’s Global Brand Management VP Travis Plane stated, “We are delighted to bring this award-winning franchise to gamers in a whole new way with the online version of the Company of Heroes experience. Players will benefit from the persistent upgrades and the ability to tailor their armies to really suit their play style making this a unique experience for everyone.”

According to the press release, the free-to-play version allows gamer to choose “from the brutal German Blitzkrieg to the deadly efficient Allied Airborne, each with its own combat style and unique Commander Abilities.” In total there are six playable factions.

Also included in this version is the full single-player campaign from the retail version.

As someone who has played through all of the Company of Heroes titles, I have to say that I’m very excited for this. I’m curious to see what changes have been made from the full on retail version. If you guys haven’t had a chance to check out CoH, come this fall you have some gaming to do.


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