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Company of Heroes gets 'sequel'

Standalone title introduces two new campaigns, new multiplayer content and is compatible with the original game

Relic's acclaimed Company of Heroes RTS is to wage war on new WWII fronts in Opposing Fronts, which is due to release in the autumn.

Opposing Fronts is more expansion than full sequel - although it's a standalone title - and features two new single-player campaigns, one focussing on the British 2nd Army during liberation of Caen in France and the second the German Panzer Elite during Operation Market-Garden.

In addition, Opposing Fronts will introduce an enhanced game engine supporting DirectX 10, new multiplayer modes, "mission persistence, improved vehicle and soldier AI, enhanced physics, and a dynamic weather system", THQ has informed.

Plus, the publisher's said the standalone title is fully compatible with Company of Heroes "allowing players to wage war with four unique armies" - we're assuming this is for multiplayer only.

"In Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts players will experience fast-paced dynamic tactics like never before, in two of the most brutal World War II campaigns ever fought," Tarrnie Williams, general manager, Relic Entertainment, tells us.

"With two intensely cinematic campaigns, significant upgrades to the Essence Engine, mission persistence, improved vehicle AI and weather effects that directly impact the battlefield, we're delivering yet again on our commitment to leading the way in strategic gaming with the best, most innovative titles available."