"an exclusive, early access beta" will be running April 2nd which features multiplayer and skirmish gameplay, with six maps available for testing against in 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 setups.
The first 40 levels of progression are also available, along with the new Army Customizer to tailor loadouts. The beta will be hosted on Steam for match-making.
"We are excited to be able to launch the closed beta for Company of Heroes 2," said producer Greg Wilson. Steam is a mandatory requirement due to Steamworks.
"We invite our fans to help us test and balance the game prior to launch, as well as see the changes we’ve already made since the Alpha test in December.” You can play the closed beta alone or alongside team mates facing off against the AI. Company of Heroes 2 focuses on the Eastern Front where players assume the role of Soviet commanders.
"We’ve added two brand new maps to the roster for this phase as well as the four already in the Alpha Stress Test," added game director Quinn Duffy. "Players can battle fiercely for control of the Oka River, or brave a close quarters skirmish on the outskirts of Moscow.” This new entry in the series puts a lot of emphasis on severe weather through the ColdTech weather system, as well as realistic destructibility and dynamic line of sight for units.
Company of Heroes 2 releases on PC this June.