Company of Heroes 3 is shaping up to be the biggest entry in the series at launch. While its latest delay makes it so that we'll have to wait until 2023 to experience all that it has to offer, developer Relic Entertainment has detailed both the game's planned day one and post-launch content.
Company of Heroes 3's day one content has been talked about in the lead-up to launch, covering both the strategy game's single-player and multiplayer components.
Company of Heroes 3 Day One Content
At release, we can play through two campaigns that provide different experiences. The dynamic Italian campaign caters to sandbox enthusiasts, giving players control of the overall war effort in the region.
You get to command ground, air, and naval forces as you advance, while building supply lines, developing a spy network, and deciding which engagements to prioritize alongside how to level your 5 starting Companies.
CoH 3's North African Operation is a more traditional linear campaign, that puts players in control of the Deutsches Afrikakorps – faction that's new to the series – and which I got to sample for our preview.
Skirmish versus AI will also be available at launch, supporting 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 maps revolving around a victory point win condition.
Company of Heroes 3's multiplayer features four playable factions at launch, boasting over 120 different units.
Players can pick between 14 different multiplayer maps, also supporting 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 maps centered on capturing victory points and depleting your enemy's tickets.
The mode includes 12 Battlegroups, which the developer describes as "the evolution of the Doctrine and Commander systems from CoH1 and CoH2."
The system "offers ten choices split across two branches in each battlegroup," that force players to make exclusive choices in each branch, as you customize your army with "unique squads, specialized units, and new abilities." Here's an initial list of what to expect:
- US Forces: Airborne, Armored and Special Operations Battlegroups
- Wehrmacht: Luftwaffe, Mechanized and Breakthrough Battlegroups
- British Forces: Indian Artillery, Armored Support and Air & Sea Battlegroups
- Deutsches Afrikakorps: Armored Support, Italian Combined Arms and Italian Infantry Battlegroups
Co-op vs AI and custom games round up the multiplayer offering. Another important addition to Company of Heroes 3's day one content is mod and Steam Workshop support.
Players will be able to use the Company of Heroes 3 Essence Editor to create maps & scenarios, game modes, and tuning packs when the game releases.
You can learn more about CoH 3's day one content and what it brings in terms of new features by visiting the links above.
Company of Heroes 3 Post-Launch Content
Relic Entertainment plans "to support CoH3 for years to come," and its post-launch content already promises quite a few additions.
First on the list is an in-game store that goes live "shortly after launch," giving players "fun ways to customize their experience with cosmetics and more."
Items can be unlocked using a paid currency called War Bonds as well as an earned currency named Merit obtainable by completing Challenges. There will, however, be exceptions, some items only being purchasable using War Bonds.
Challenges are a way for players to test their skills and try out new tactics and strategies, according to the developer. They will refresh regularly, with more details about how exactly they work coming soon.
Ranked seasons are also planned as part of Company of Heroes 3's post-launch support. The developer has, however, opted to wait until "CoH3 is stable and the game balance and the ‘meta’ are on solid ground" before introducing them.
Replays and an Observer mode are also coming after the game is out, as are new multiplayer maps and limited-time game modes, to spice things up.
Company of Heroes 3's post-launch content also includes one expansion, at this point in time, which brings "new additions to CoH3's singleplayer."
More details on what's to come will be shared over the coming months and it certainly sounds like exciting times wait ahead for WW2 strategy fans.
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