Company of Heroes first broke out onto the scene back in 2006, with THQ and Relic Entertainment bringing it to PC users around the world. The strategy game set during World War II, made quite the impact with gamers, with dynamic maps, destructive terrain and an innovative cover system. We know Company of Heroes 2 will hit shops in early 2013 and along with it comes ColdTech, a system built into the Essence Engine 3.0 that accurately encapsulates the Soviet winter which reached extremes of -40 degrees F in 1941.
If anybody remembers their history lessons for World War II, Germany and Russia fought a heated war in very cold conditions. ColdTech will look to mimic what soldiers went through, even to the point of human skin freezing and units dying if they don’t get to fire or shelter. Dynamic blizzards will also rip through the battlefield, making moving troops from one place to another hazardous.
Snow will attach itself to buildings and vehicles, even melting when the sun comes out to play – but can be removed by the player also, if you hate waiting. The ice can also be used to your advantage, with unique texture, affecting vehicle and troop movement. This makes it prone to collapsing underneath enemy troops and vehicles, plunging them into the hypothermic Russian water.
It’s a very impressive system that will surely have Company of Heroes fans foaming at the mouth. The chance to play as the iconic Soviet Red Army in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the invading Nazis sounds appealing I must say. Company of Heroes 2 will land in early 2013 for PC.
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