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US forces flown in for Company of Heroes 2 multiplayer expansion

Western Front Armies set for June release, prices start at $13

Relic Entertainment is preparing to ship the first expansion to Company of Heroes 2, the studio's publisher Sega has announced.

Called The Western Front Armies, this standalone multiplayer content pack gives players the chance to command one of two divisions, either the US Forces or the German Oberkommando West.

Representatives from the studio told CVG that players can purchase either army individually as a digital download for $13, meaning the multiplayer component of the game can be played without requiring a single-player copy.

Both armies can be purchased for $20 as a bundle, Relic added, with a June release date scheduled in. UK prices are not yet finalised.

Relic brand director Alex Price said the expansion, combined with the standalone single-player component, provides "the complete experience".

Producer Greg Wilson added that expanding the online component made sense because "a lot of data shows us that our multiplayer fanbase is the most engaged".

CVG's Company of Heroes 2 reviewscored the game an 8, calling the sequel "incredibly deep and hugely rewarding".

Notably, the game shipped without any US armies to control, a decision that appears to be commercially counter-intuitive considering the appeal of American exceptionalism in series such as Call of Duty.

"Fans were really crying out for the Allied heroes from Company of Heroes," said game director Quinn Duffy, adding that the studio is "listening in" on calls for any additional army packs in the future.