I will forever be baffled by the trend of game trailers that opt to keep, you know, games almost entirely out of the spotlight. Next, I would like a film preview made up entirely of adorable puppy photos from this magical place and a book whose words are printed in alphabet soup instead of ink. Until then, though, I’ll have to make do with war. World War II, specifically – a sequel in which we did, in fact, war harder. Right up until near the end, Company of Heroes 2’s first official trailer is stitched together from old photos, dramatic cuts, and (admittedly jaw-dropping) statistics. It’s nice and all, but perhaps we can see a bit more of Relic’s not-too-shabby-looking game next time?
Relic’s Soviet-focused sequel won’t be out until sometime next year, so it’s at least nice to see that THQ’s already putting a lot of its withering promotional muscle behind this one. Rare is the (non-Activision-Blizzard) publisher – in this day and age – who’d bet the slowly burning farm on a PC-exclusive RTS, so fingers crossed that it pays off.
In the meantime, a semi-related thought: remember Company of Heroes Online? I wonder what would’ve happened if THQ stuck with it. Even in what’s rapidly becoming the golden age of F2P, there still isn’t a truly great RTS holding down the front lines. And boy does THQ ever need a consistent breadwinner. Now, though, all we can do is ponder the “what ifs.” And go look at puppy pictures, which is definitely what I’m about to do right now.