Company of Heroes 2 is being updated today with new, free content for all owners of the game to coincide with the launch of the game’s first substantial downloadable content pack, which is now available on Steam.
The patch being released later today introduces two new maps: Rostov and Kharkov. Rostov is a large map designed for six players that features a frozen river to be dealt with. Kharkov is set in an industrial city and promotes close-quarters encounters. Also included in the patch is support for the newly released DLC, which is already available on Steam. What this means, according to an announcement on the game’s Steam page, is the DLC will be available for purchase on Steam for a short period of time before it can actually be accessed in-game.
Once the patch does go out later today, players will be able to make use of the new Case Blue mini-pack, named after a German campaign of the same name that took place in Russia in 1942. Included in it are five new missions for Company of Heroes 2′s Theater of War mode: two solo challenges (Tiger Ace and Destroy a Convoy), two AI battles (Kharkov and Don River), and one new co-op scenario (Voronezh, which has the first player controlling vehicles and the second controlling infantry). This DLC pack costs $9.99, or can be downloaded for free by those who purchased the Collector’s Edition, Digital Collector’s Edition, or Pre-Order Edition of the game.
Also out today are several new DLC packs that each introduce a new commander, such as the Soviet Urban Defense Tactics commander and German Mechanized Assault Doctrine commander. These are each priced at $3.99, but until October 1, they can be had at a 25% discount, or $2.99.