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2006 video game
Company of Heroes

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Relic Entertainment

Feral Interactive







Feral Interactive



John Johnson


Josh Mosqueira

Quinn Duffy
Erin Daly
Brian Wood


Drew Dunlop


Angie Radwan-Pytlewski


Duane Pye
Paris Qualles


Jeremy Soule


Company of Heroes


Essence Engine


  • Microsoft Windows

  • OS X


  • iPadOS

  • iOS

  • Android

  • NA

    : September 12, 2006

  • EU

    : September 29, 2006

  • iPadOS

    : February 13, 2020


Real-time strategy





Company of Heroes is a 2006

real-time strategy

video game

developed by

Relic Entertainment

and published by


for the

Microsoft Windows



operating systems. It is the first installment of the

Company of Heroes

series, and was the first title to make use of the

Games for Windows


Company of Heroes is set during the

Second World War

and contains two playable factions. Players aim to capture strategic resource sectors located around the map, which they use to build base structures, produce new units, and defeat their enemies. In the single-player campaign the player commands two U.S. military units during the Battle of Normandy (

Operation Overlord

) and the liberation of France (

Operation Cobra

). Depending on the mission, the player controls either Able Company of the

29th Infantry Division


116th Infantry

, or Fox Company of the

101st Airborne Division


506th PIR


Company of Heroes received widespread acclaim, winning multiple awards for the best strategy game of the year, and being considered

one of the best video games ever made

. Two expansions were released:

Opposing Fronts

in 2007 and

Tales of Valor

in 2009. A free-to-play massively multiplayer online version of the game, Company of Heroes Online, was briefly released as open beta in South Korea in April 2010,



before being cancelled in March 2011.


The success of the game led to a sequel,

Company of Heroes 2

, which was released in 2013. As of January 2013


, the Company of Heroes series has sold more than 4 million copies.


A film adaptation, also titled

Company of Heroes

, was released in 2013.



version, developed and published by

Feral Interactive

, was released in February 2020.


A version for




mobile devices was released in September 2020.





Gameplay screenshot




Company of Heroes allows multiplayer matches of 1-8 players via


or the Internet. Company of Heroes allows players to fight as both the Allied and Axis forces in multiplayer matches.[

citation needed


For Company of Heroes, developer Relic Entertainment used a new online matchmaking system called

Relic Online

. Previous Relic games had used

GameSpy Arcade


World Opponent Network

services. This system includes many features that the previous systems did not have, including a built in automatch and ranking system.[

citation needed


Relic Online matchmaking has been shut down.[


] In order to play multiplayer users must transfer the game to Steam. The Steam version does not allow for LAN matches.[

citation needed


Game modes[



Victory Point Control[



These games focus on controlling several victory points around the middle of the map. These victory points can be captured similarly to strategic points. When one side has more victory points under their control than another, the other side’s “points” start to decrease. When one side’s counter runs out of points, they lose. Alternatively, the player can simply destroy all enemy structures to win the game. Before the start of the game, the host can choose between 250, 500, or 1000 points. The point function in Company of Heroes works much like the ticket feature in the

Battlefield series





Annihilation games lack the victory points of the VPC game mode. To win, the player needs to destroy all enemy buildings excluding observation posts on points.

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June 6, 1944

, the

US Army’s

Able Company, under the command of Captain MacKay and Sergeant Conti, storms Dog White sector on

Omaha Beach



. Preceding them is Fox Company, an


unit that drops into


, secures the roads to Omaha Beach and assaults


. Able relieves Fox as they repel the

German counter-attack

on Carentan.

The US Army begins its push towards the port city of


. In


, Able Company defends the

Red Ball Express

from the elite

Panzer Lehr Division

commanded by

Tiger tank

ace Hauptmann Shultz. Supported by

USS Texas

, the company then takes the

main harbor of Cherbourg


vicious street fighting

. Afterwards, Able Company provides armored support to Fox Company as the paratroopers infiltrate and destroy the

V2 launch facility




Focus shifts towards

Operation Cobra

and the breakout to


. Able Company captures a bridgehead across the river




before fighting through the


to take Hill 192 outside Saint-Lô. The German garrison in Saint-Lô is

encircled and defeated

, but the Panzer Lehr escapes. While the

US Air Force

carpet bombs much of the Panzer Lehr, Able Company’s

M10 tank destroyers

mop up its remaining

Panther tanks



. Shultz evades the American attack, killing Captain MacKay with a parting shot from his Tiger tank.

Able Company is taken off the frontline to garrison Hill 317 outside


, with Conti given command and a field promotion to lieutenant. However, a

German armored counter-attack

strikes at Mortain; Able defends the hill until relieved and retakes Mortain. The Germans begin to withdraw from Normandy, and Able attacks one escape route at Autry, destroying Shultz and his remaining Tiger tanks with a

Pershing tank

. By August 19, the German army is almost encircled in the

Falaise pocket

. With support from the Air Force, Able Company links with




forces at



crushes the German escape

, ending the Normandy campaign. A postscript notes that Able Company sustained an 80 percent casualty rate by the end of the war, although Conti survived.





M10 Wolverine

and American troops in the Essence Engine.

Company of Heroes is Relic’s first title to use its

Essence Engine

, which allows various graphical effects, including

high dynamic range

lighting, dynamic lighting and shadows, advanced


effects, and

normal mapping

. The game was in development for more than 3 years.


At its peak, more than 100 people worked on the game.


Company of Heroes also uses the


physics engine

, giving it a more realistic physics system than previous RTS games. Parts of buildings can be destroyed by




, or


, and


can drive through sections of walls or other barriers. Smoke created from explosions behaves realistically as possible, including its behavior in wind. Debris is also influenced by explosions; a blast can send barrels flying and shower troops in dirt, while leaving behind a large crater. When infantry are bombarded by


, body parts sometimes detach and are dispersed over, and some units are thrown about in the immediate area. Bridges and buildings can be destroyed by engineers using



Relic released the Company of Heroes patch v1.70 in May 2007, which included a new

DirectX 10

rendering mode with better terrain, more world objects, and improved shadows and lighting. This patch made Company of Heroes the first commercial video game to support



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Opposing Fronts[



Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts is a standalone expansion pack. It contains two factions; the

British Second Army

and the

Panzer Lehr Division

(German Panzer Elite). Owners of Opposing Fronts are able to play against owners of Company of Heroes and vice versa, although only using the armies from the game they own. Owners of both games are able to play all four armies in multiplayer. Opposing Fronts



was released on September 24, 2007.


It was later re-released along with Company of Heroes as Company of Heroes Gold and later as part of the Company of Heroes Anthology (together with Tales of Valor).

Tales of Valor[



Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor is a standalone expansion pack. It was released on April 8, 2009.






Company of Heroes received a “Silver” sales award from the

Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association



indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.





Upon its release the game received wide critical acclaim. On the review aggregator


, the game had an average score of 94% based on 57 reviews – making it the fourteenth highest rated PC game of 2006.




, the game had an average score of 93 out of 100 based on 55 critic reviews – considered “universal acclaim” by the site.


In June 2011 the game was ranked #51 on IGNs Top 100 Modern Games.



ranked the game #30 on its list of “The 100 Best Games To Play Today”, stating: “From its lofty perch above an RTS battlefield, Relic gets to the heart of WWII, turning the genre’s plusses and minuses into salvation and sacrifice. If only the same could be said of countless first person shooters”.





  • PC Gamer

    : Game of the Year 2006


  • GameSpy

    : PC Game of 2006, Best Sound, Best PC Strategy Game, Best PC Multiplayer[

    citation needed


  • Satellite Awards

    : Outstanding Puzzle/Strategy Game[

    citation needed


  • GameSpot

    : Best PC Game 2006,


    Best Strategy Game


  • IGN

    : PC Game of 2006,


    Best PC Strategy Game,


    Best Use of Sound on PC,


    Best Online PC game


  • Game Critics Awards

    : Best Strategy Game[

    citation needed


  • GameSpot

    : 2005 Best PC Game of Show; Best Strategy Game of Show; Best Overall Game of Show


  • IGN

    : Runner-up, Best

    Strategy Game



    ), Runner-up, Technological Excellence (



    citation needed


  • GameSpy

    : Best of



    citation needed


  • Interactive Achievement Awards

    : Strategy Game of the Year[

    citation needed


  • Mod DB Hall of Fame

    : Two modifications, Europe in Ruins (2007) and Company of Heroes: Eastern Front (2010), have each earned a spot in the Mod DB Hall of Fame.


The editors of

Computer Games Magazine

named Company of Heroes the overall best computer game of 2006, and presented it with their special awards for “Best Strategy Game”, “Best Sound Effects”, “Best Multiplayer” and “Best Voice Acting”. They summarized it as “an ideal real-time strategy game”, and as “a perfect storm of visuals, sound, and gameplay”.


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    . Aspyr Media. February 21, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012.

  2. ^

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    . Relic Online. September 8, 2009. Archived from

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    “Notice of SEGA’s Acquisition of Relic Entertainment and Some IPs Owned by THQ Inc”

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  • Official website

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