Axis or Allies? Enlist in Company of Heroes Online open beta today!

by: Chad -
As a free-to-play online RTS, Company of Heroes Online really impressed me.  It's still installed on my computer for the occassional foray into an online match.  Now, everyone has a chance to play it for themselves because THQ launched an open beta.  All are invited to choose Axis or Allies before jumping online and playing up to 4v4 on 17 different maps.  

Don't forget that the single player campaign from Company of Heroes is also available to all who join the beta.  If interested, be sure to create an account by September 8.  Those that do so will get an in-game item pack that includes supply points (for the shop), free XP, one free hero unit, and one free army item.  What are you waiting for? Get to it!

COMPANY OF HEROES® ONLINE OPEN BETA LAUNCHES IN NORTH AMERICA
Plus free in-game item package for early adopters


AGOURA HILLS, Calif. September 2, 2010 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today launches the Company of Heroes®Online Open Beta for North America, with an exclusive in-game content package available for those creating accounts by September 8.

Developed by THQ’s Relic Entertainment studio, creators of the award-winning Company of Heroes® and Dawn of War® franchises, Company of Heroes Online is an online multiplayer Real-Time-Strategy game that is free to download and play. Building on the frenetic Real-Time-Strategy action of the original Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes Online offers army specialization, commander customization, and persistent progression. Players will enter each match with a unique selection of upgrades and hero units with new items and experience earned with every match played.

The Company of Heroes Online Open Beta features two different armies, the Allies and Axis, each with three different divisions offering players a choice of play style. The Open Beta features 17 different multiplayer maps, which will be split between 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 modes. Players of the Company of Heroes Online Open Beta will also be able to enjoy the single player campaign from Company of Heroes for free. Players can download and play the Open Beta now by going to www.companyofheroes.com.

Users who register for the Company of Heroes Online Open Beta before September 8 will also receive an exclusive in-game item pack for free. This pack will include 3,000 free supply points to use in the shop, 500xp to level up the commander, one free hero unit and one free army item giving early adopters a head start on the competition.

Michael Lustenberger, Vice President of Global Brand Management – Online, commented, “There really is no barrier to entry with Company of Heroes Online. Players will be able to experience both the single player campaign and online multiplayer for free and even receive free in-game items if they register before September 8. Sign-up today and experience the critically acclaimed Company of Heroes for yourself.”

About Company of Heroes OnlineThe critically acclaimed real-time strategy game, Company of Heroes, is now available as a unique free-to-play micro-transaction online multiplayer experience. Take command of your company as you wage online warfare across the ravaged battlefields of World War II-era Europe. Choose from one of six different divisions, from the brutal German Blitzkrieg to the deadly efficient Allied Airborne, each with its own combat style and unique Commander Abilities. Customize your army and enter each battle with your own unique set of battle-tested Heroes, upgrades, and devastating Commander Abilities. Become the ultimate military commander as you unlock new abilities with every conflict and build your army with every victory.

About THQ
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ, Company of Heroes, Relic Entertainment and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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