Weather Becomes the Third Player with Innovative ColdTech™ System
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 24, 2012--
Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that its award-winning upcoming
strategy game Company of Heroes® 2 will feature innovative
weather condition simulating technology never seen before in the
Strategy game genre.
Troops suffering from the effects of Hypothermia in Company of Heroes 2 (Photo: Business Wire)
Any historian will attest to the huge role the brutal Soviet winter
played in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II and this is now
realistically simulated in-game thanks to Relic Entertainment’s new
Essence™ Engine 3.0 and its ColdTech system.
ColdTech includes an ‘extreme cold’ mechanic which accurately
encapsulates the Soviet winter which reached extremes of -40 degrees F
in 1941. At those temperatures human skin will freeze in a matter of
minutes, something that is portrayed in the game. On winter maps,
Infantry units exposed to the bitter cold will gradually freeze to death
unless the player keeps them warm by building fires and garrisoning them
in buildings. Dynamic blizzards will increase the effects of extreme
cold making it even more hazardous to leave infantry in the open.
The new ColdTech system also allows the Essence Engine to dynamically
paint on and remove snow, meaning that not only does it accumulate on
buildings and vehicles, but it can also be melted or removed from
objects by the player. Snow also has realistic depth which actually
impacts troop movement and will retain persistent infantry and vehicle
tracks throughout the match unless covered by fresh snow fall.
On top of the innovations in snow technology the engine allows ice to
become a weapon in a smart commander’s arsenal. Not only does it have a
unique texture, affecting vehicle and troop movement, but it can
collapse or be destroyed from underneath troops and vehicles, plunging
them into the hypothermic Russian waters. Over time destroyed ice will
re-form due to the winter conditions in the game.
All of these new innovations feature alongside Company of Heroes 2’s
other technological advancements like the TrueSight™ dynamic
line-of-sight mechanic to make this a worthy successor to Company of
Quinn Duffy, Game Director at Relic Entertainment, commented, “Company
of Heroes 2 is all about authenticity and no game based on the Eastern
Front would be complete without extreme weather conditions. Thanks to
the enhanced technology offered by the new Essence Engine we are able to
accurately portray the bitter Soviet winter which crippled the German
The original Company of Heroes was released 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% based on 56
reviews. The game features similar acclaim on Metacritic.com with a
Metascore of 93% based on 55 reviews.
Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled to be available for PC in early 2013.
For more information check www.companyofheroes.com.
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
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