Company Of Heroes Online To Be Shutdown
February 7, 2011
By Andrew Burnes
With the on-going success of many free-to-play games, and the prior success of Company Of Heroes Online in Asia, THQ believed that bringing the adapted RTS to Western shores would result in a sure-fire hit. Sadly, this has not been the case, and today THQ and developer Relic announced that the game's servers are to be taken offline March 31st, 2011.
Still in beta, Company Of Heroes Online failed to resonate with the existing fanbase, who preferred to playing the original retail releases, and struggled to attract new players from other sectors of the industry. Company Of Heroes Online’s own producer cited the steep learning curve required to compete and win against even the lowliest of opponents as the cause, stating that those who did play often abandoned the game shortly thereafter, subsequently warning their friends away.
All is not completely lost, however, as balance changes and game fixes from Company Of Heroes Online will be transferred to a new patch for Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts and Company of Heroes: Tales Of Valor, details of which can be found here.
As for the future of the Company Of Heroes brand, one of the most-lauded real-time strategy franchises in recent years, it’s not all doom and gloom, with the shutdown FAQ stating that Relic “are still working on plans for the Company of Heroes franchise and are not ready to discuss details yet.”