Like you, we were pretty surprised when the third installment of the Company of Heroes saga was announced. Aside from the very rare rumors, nothing could indicate that the famous RTS, which was set during World War II, would have the right to continue. Not only did we learn more about the game from our side, we were also able to just play it for almost 3 hours. What you get a first idea of your potential before publication.
Relic Entertainment is not unemployed to say the least. Not only are they at Age of Empires IV, which promises to be a blast in strategy, but they’re behind their babies too. Company of Heroes 3. A saga that originated in 2006 with a first title that allowed us to relive the greatest moments of the Normandy campaign and that left us behind in 2013 with the Front de L’Est and the Barbarossa Operation.
New front, new opportunities
This time around, the studio is tackling another big part of World War II, the Africa Campaign and the Liberation of Italy, as well as Landing of Provence. In short, a game that focuses only on the Mediterranean A-Front, which is lesser known to the general public but is particularly interesting. If the whole part is about the Afrika Korps and the armed forces of Field Marshal General
One of the big news is the inclusion of a Campagne de type Wargame o we need to recruit troops, supply lines, reinforcements, positions, etc.. We feel a bit like we have a Paradox Interactive game, much less complete and in-depth, and that is very enjoyable. Even if the essence of the RTS remains the combat phases in real time, this addition is a real touch of freshness and brings many hours of additional play.
From July 10, 1943, this transalpine campaign made it possible to benefit from the side of the Allies of many troops and in particular to be able to recruit from both the British side (including the colonies) and the American side. The developers made it clear that this is the game that would offer a wide variety of units and factions. Still in the “plus”, we now know that this third episode will also feature the greatest maps in the saga. Enough to turn your head and imagine a particularly gigantic piece of content.
Welcome to 2021
Of course, through the RTS phases, we were also able to participate in more classic battles that made the game so successful, this Italian campaign thus offers the opportunity to have environments different from the Normandy landscape or the vast plains of Russia.
Small seaside villages full of sunshine, a series of small streets that make the headlines, olive groves … This game smells of lavender and grapevines, but unfortunately the war reminds us of order very quickly. Yes Company of Heroes 3 Despite everything, we were still able to see very beautiful landscapes in the pre-alpha phase, even if the technology was a bit picky at certain times. We think the game is clearly not over, but let’s not forget that the developers still have months of development to go. The studio promises us real “New-Gen” 4K graphics, an even more detailed world and an even more realistic and visually stunning destruction of landscapes. Unfortunately, that will be the last thing that can be checked.
Never forget where we come from
To the delight of the fans, Relic promises a game that comes closer to the first name of Company of Heroes than Company of Heroes 2. We therefore forego the terrible card system in order to concentrate on the essentials and to recruit more troops. During the clashes we find the cover mechanism and the excellent system of destruction of landscapes, which are one of the main advantages of the game. Can’t you take that nest of machine guns in this house with you? No problem: bombard the area with a mortar to collapse the roof and scare away the enemy. Let us still note the addition of “broken door”, which does not really have an equivalent word in French, but is generally the penetration of force into a building with a blier or some other type of tool arrangement. This makes it possible to occupy a building without damaging it. Incidentally, the fights promise more verticality and more realistic tactics, especially with “armor armor”, namely the possibility of exploiting the weaknesses of the tanks more precisely in order to stop them.
A prickly frieze
More Company of Heroes 3 he is also a historical priest. In particular, Relic wants to use his game to talk about the little-known stories of the Italian partisans and the contradicting approaches to strategies between the various factions within the Allied forces. Because yes, the Americans and the British have the same goal (the fall of the Third Reich and the liberation of Europe), but the means to achieve it sometimes differ depending on the country’s orders or policies. Especially since the British also have to ensure the leadership of the colonial troops and the rest of the Commonwealth (Canada, Australia, etc.).
WE ARE WAITING FOR … WITH GREAT DEPRESSION!
Company of Heroes 3 promises to be simply terrific. From what we’ve seen and played, it’s the most complete Company of Heroes right now. He really wants to be a part of modernity without denying what the show’s strengths are and knows how to tell us about the lives of the soldiers in this terrible machine that annihilated people in WWII. In short, a game that should be watched very closely for strategy lovers and anyone interested in World War II in general. And game a free PR Alpha, both of which will be available on Steam through August 3 at 4:00 a.m., Story that the community is involved in the development of this title, which is slated to be released next year.