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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.

Valve is teasing three announcements coming next week related to “the steps we’re taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room.” On a teaser site posted today, Valve says “the Steam universe is expanding in 2014.”

“Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads,” the site says. “This year we’ve been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.”

A countdown on the site has 72 hours remaining as of this morning, and Valve teases that “we have three announcements to make beginning with the first one on Monday morning.”

Last week, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell hinted that an announcement would come, noting that Valve would be “rolling out more information” about “the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room.”

For more on Valve’s vision for Steam Box, see Newell’s thoughts on how Valve can reinvent gaming.