Sega has announced that the open beta for its upcoming real-time strategy game—Company of Heroes 2—has started. The beta will run till June 18. If you pre-order the game while participating in the beta, your progression and stats will be carried forward to the actual game. However, this only applies if the game is bought in the first 60 days of launch and if it is played on the same Steam account as the beta.

The open beta is multiplayer-only, and allows players to experience competitive and co-operative gameplay on six maps. It will also allow gamers to try out the first 45 levels of the game's progression and bulletin system.

“Field promotion, here I come!”

Greg Wilson, Producer of Company of Heroes 2 commented: “We have been working hard since the Closed Beta balancing and improving all areas of the game as well as adding new matchmaking servers. COH2 has had one of the most successful Beta programs we’ve ever run at Relic and the support of the fans has been a critical factor in making the game more balanced and stable for launch.”

Company of Heores 2 will be released on June 25. It is available for pre-order on Steam for $59.99, which roughly translates to Rs 3,388. There is also the super-expensive Digital Collector's Edition of the game which costs $99.99 (approximately Rs 5,648)

The first Company of Heroes game was released back in 2006 and has been praised by critics all over the world. The game is developed by RTS veteran Relic Entertainment. The studio is primarily known for its work on strategy games such as the Warhammer 40k RTS games as well as the original Company of Heroes.

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