Company of Heroes 3 will come next year, as Relic announced today, but the latest version of World War II RTS from the studio has already been performed by some community members, who first got it years ago.
One of the benefits of Relic being a Sega studio today is the opportunity to borrow from other strategy teams from the publisher. This means that Relic has been able to take advantage of Amplitude’s Games2Gether program, initially set up for the Endless series, through which the community will be able to play multiple versions, provide feedback, and get updates.
This collaboration with the community, however, dates back to the formation of a community council three years ago. “We’ve had a 70-player board for three years,” executive producer David Littman tells me. "And they've been playing the game for three years." Remember that during the first days of the match, the players were admitted almost immediately. For the first two days, it was just Littman, then some team members joined in, and then ten of the best players in the world [modders, map makers, competitive players] were invited to sit down with Relic. The studio used them to help lay the groundwork for what would become Company of Heroes 3, right down to the stage.
“When we brought our ten players and sat them down, we put them on the board,‘ Hey, what theater would you like? "And we all agreed that we wanted a new theater, we didn't want to visit the Western Front or the Eastern Front again. So really, the only two things left were the Mediterranean and the Pacific. We put them both on the board, and there was only a 10-0. Mediterranean over the Pacific ".
Since that initial meeting, the board has grown and members have been able to try out the game throughout the development, making the factions available. These are well-integrated people in the community, so you can expect them to have good control over what makes a fun Company of Heroes. Beyond the board, Relic also sent many polls and got tens of thousands of responses, so there are many comments to dig into.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, the rest of the people will be able to take a look and provide their own feedback. Through Games2Gether, an alpha demo is now available, which can be played until August 3, and more cuts will be posted while we wait for the game to be released in 2022.