THQ and Relic Entertainment has
announced that their highly anticipated Strategy RTS game, Company
of Heroes 2 will feature extreme and innovative dynamic weather
condition simulating Technology which has never been implemented in
any of the strategy games before. Thanks to the Relic
Entertainment's Essence Engine 3.0 and its ColdTech that the brutal
winters of World War II has been incorporated in-game which
promises to maintain the sense of realism and give gamers an
immersive authentic experience.
Ice will play a vital role in the
game which can also be used as a weapon, affecting movement of the
troops and vehicles. A crack on the glacier can cause vehicle to
sink down in the freezing Russian water.
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
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.
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
Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled to
be available for PC in early 2013.
Source: Company of Heroes 2 Official website