The Company of Heroes 2 closed beta will start on April 2.
It will feature multiplayer and skirmish gameplay set across six maps. Players will be able to test 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 competitive gameplay, play alone or with friends against the AI, and will have access to the first 40 levels of progression.
Initially open to eligible pre-order customers before being rolled out to more players "in the coming weeks", the beta will be hosted on Steam.
Company of Heroes 2 producer Greg Wilson said: "We invite our fans to help us test and balance the game prior to launch, as well as see the changes we've already made since the Alpha test in December."
Sega bought Company of Heroes studio Relic Entertainment from THQ in January. Shortly after, it pushed the Company of Heroes 2 release date from this month to June 25, 2013 in North America and Europe.