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Relic: Company of Heroes Support to Continue Via Steamworks

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Company of Heroes is making a transition to Steamworks.

Though THQ may be dead and gone, Relic Entertainment, recently acquired by SEGA, isn't… and neither is Company of Heroes.

In a letter to the Company of Heroes community, Relic Producer Greg Wilson explained that it would continue to support Company of Heroes through Steamworks. "As many of you are aware our current online system is underpinned by middleware from a company called Quazal," he wrote.

"In 2010 Quazal was purchased by Ubisoft. At that time we weren’t sure what that meant for our online service, but obviously we were concerned that something would change. We performed an assessment of what it would take to remove Quazal and switch to Steamworks (which was working in our DOW2 series), but due to a combination of various things, that switch wasn’t approved."

Essentially, the service Relic was using to support Company of Heroes is being shut down. In order to finally make the transition to Steamworks, Relic is partnering up with Smoking Gun Interactive, a studio that consists of many Company of Heroes vets.

The old service is set to shut down May 7. Though Relic is already making preparations for the transition, not all online options may be available at the start. However, the developers promise to bring the full arsenal of features in time.

Company of Heroes 2, which is set for release on June 25, will also be given Steamworks support. More launch details regarding the sequel will be given in good time.

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    Cons29 , March 26, 2013 10:10 AM
    hope they fix things, i cannot join some friends for some reason
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    spartanmk2 , March 26, 2013 10:24 AM
    3 months to go... grrr
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    pazygozo , March 26, 2013 10:33 AM
    My favorite RTS without doubt although it is ancient in computer time.

    The release date sounds like i'm going to buy it along with a new haswell CPU ;) 
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    blurr91 , March 26, 2013 10:46 AM
    Hey, just because it's old doesn't mean it's not good. A good game can stand the test of time with good game play instead of flashy graphics. I still consider the original StarCraft to be the best RTS of all time, and better in some ways than StarCraft 2. Comepany of Heroes comes a close 2nd to StarCraft.
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    spartanmk2 , March 26, 2013 10:55 AM
    blurr91Hey, just because it's old doesn't mean it's not good. A good game can stand the test of time with good game play instead of flashy graphics. I still consider the original StarCraft to be the best RTS of all time, and better in some ways than StarCraft 2. Comepany of Heroes comes a close 2nd to StarCraft.


    Agreed, I still play Age of Empires 1 & 2 from time to time which, in my opinion, had way better gameplay value than AoE 3 (I guess AoE:o  as well) even if it had inferior graphics.
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    pazygozo , March 26, 2013 11:06 AM
    blurr91Hey, just because it's old doesn't mean it's not good. A good game can stand the test of time with good game play instead of flashy graphics. I still consider the original StarCraft to be the best RTS of all time, and better in some ways than StarCraft 2. Comepany of Heroes comes a close 2nd to StarCraft.


    Hey, don't twist my words, i said it IS my favorite RTS game

    Lol, the same with me, but with starcraft in second place. but i'm growing fond of games like wargame:ES or RUSE
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    spartanmk2 , March 26, 2013 11:15 AM
    pazygozoHey, don't twist my words, i said it IS my favorite RTS gameLol, the same with me, but with starcraft in second place. but i'm growing fond of games like wargame:ES or RUSE


    RUSE is a fun game :D 
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    woomba , March 26, 2013 12:08 PM
    Sooo no more NAT errors?
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    blurr91 , March 26, 2013 12:17 PM
    pazygozoHey, don't twist my words, i said it IS my favorite RTS gameLol, the same with me, but with starcraft in second place. but i'm growing fond of games like wargame:ES or RUSE

    As a military RTS, COH is the best of all time. I like StarCraft more because of the economics involved.
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    bluestar2k11 , March 26, 2013 12:47 PM
    I complete agree that age does not devalue a quality title.
    Well over a decade after their launch I'm still playing titles from the 80's and 90's. From a few titles that could fit in the memory space of a PS3 controller (Likely a few times over) to the turn of the 3D era, and on through the years to today^^ From old school consoles to modern Pc games^^

    Only thing i disagree on it just personal preference, I very much disliked starcraft, nor would i touch Starcraft 2 with a ten foot pole (Partly due to DRM and breaking one game into 20.) I fell in love with Total Annihilation through. One of the games from the 90's I still play today, and even still collect units, maps, and unofficial patches for, it's been my top Strategy game since 97^^

    Even Homeworld couldn't beat it, though it came close, I still love that game too^^ Had an excellent story. Watching fleets of fighters and bombers fly off towards enemy positions is beautiful (Amazing backgrounds give it sooo much beauty) all the while observing my cruisers creeping in from behind via hyperspace jump^^


    blurr91Hey, just because it's old doesn't mean it's not good. A good game can stand the test of time with good game play instead of flashy graphics. I still consider the original StarCraft to be the best RTS of all time, and better in some ways than StarCraft 2. Comepany of Heroes comes a close 2nd to StarCraft.

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    Herr_Koos , March 27, 2013 1:29 AM
    ankit0x1Mafia anyone? that can still beats all COD (not 1 n 2) and crysis 2/3 combined


    Not relevant to the topic.