Seeing as there’s less than seven days until Relic Entertainment’s RTS sequel Company of Heroes 2 finally appears on PC, we thought it was only right that we tell you where we think is the best place to place your pre-order while there’s still time.
Thankfully the PC market is a bit more sensible than its console counterpart, so there isn’t one hundred and one different pre-order bonuses, split across different retailers, to choose from. There is however a trio of different editions of the game which are listed below:
The good news is that the major pre-order bonuses are offered regardless of which edition you go for and are detailed below:
- Theatre of War mini campaign – access to the first set of standalone missions for single-player and co-op play.
- Two vehicle skin packs (multiplayer) -Winter Ambush skin vehicle pack, Vorozenh Front vehicle skin pack
- Two new commanders (multiplayer)
- Four exclusive commander perks (two for Nazi forces and two for Soviet forces.)
The Digital Collector’s Edition has all that plus access to an exclusive content like new multiplayer maps, members-only events, access to all three Theater of War content packs, an exclusive profile badge and the previous Company of Heroes with Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor expansion packs. This set is available for as little as £58.85 via ShopTo.Net, but set at near enough double the price of a standard copy of Company of Heroes 2, it’s really something only the most hardcore of fans will be interested in. Currently the whole world and their cat currently owns the original Company of Heroes and its expansions, so we think the best part of this special edition is its member-only access to exclusive future content like DLC and maps. If you want to master the this title’s multiplayer landscape, being able to sample these maps early offers a real advantage and may prove worthwhile.
On the regular edition front, Company of Heroes 2 can be snapped up for as little as £26.99 via Amazon. That’s a considerable saving over other retailers, the most expensive of which happens to be Steam which is selling the sequel for £39.99. Sure there are two cool Team Fortress 2 items bundled with every digital copy, but frankly we don’t think the hat and badge combos are worth £6.50 a piece.
Which leaves us with the ultimate Company of Heroes 2 set, the Red Star Edition. This set is similar to the Digital Collector’s Edition, packing in the original Company of Heroes and exclusive profile items, only it’s actually a physical item with special Steelbook packaging and a mind-numbing number of digital bonuses. Rather than just being offered a handful of special skins for use in multiplayer, the Red Star Edition includes 24 historically accurate skins, early unlocks for five specific commander abilities and a further five commander archetypes post-launch.
Commanders are essentially battlefield profiles which have their own special units, buffs and support powers, so getting access to this content early should, again, offer an advantage over those who purchase Company of Heroes 2‘s regular edition. Of course that gap will close considerably post-launch as regular players catch up, but it’s a nifty bonus nonetheless. Price-wise this set isn’t too bad either, especially when compared with the Digital Collector’s Edition. Both Amazon and GAME are selling the Red Star Edition for around £59.99, so go for whichever retailer you feel more comfortable with.
Overall determining which edition is right for you is based on two factors; how much you are willing to spend and whether you consider yourself a big fan of Company of Heroes‘ distinct brand of competitive multiplayer. If you have some savings to raid and want some competitive aid comes the game’s launch on Tuesday 25th June, we’d recommend going for the Red Star Edition just because the bonuses seem much more worth the £60 asking price than the Digital Collector’s Edition. If you don’t have any real passion for competitive multiplayer and are much more interested in Company of Heroes 2′s story-driven campaign we recommend going for the game’s standard edition. You still get a hefty amount of pre-order bonuses, including the first part of the Theatre of War mini-campaign, and if you shop wisely you’ll save a lot of money.
To get up-to-date pricing regarding each of Company of Heroes 2‘s respective editions, keep an eye on the product page linked here. Our database updates prices on a daily basis, so utilising our unique price matrix is the easiest way to make sure you get a bargain, or better yet make sure you’re continuing to shop with the best value retailer.