Sega has announced a three-month delay for Company of Heroes 3, which will now be released on February 23, 2023.
Announcing the delay this afternoon, Sega said that Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy threequel is currently “not quite up to the high standards of our players or our own high standards,” with “squeezing bugs, pixelation polishing, gameplay adjustments, and… to give feedback the address”.
On that last point, Sega says developer Relic continues to respond to community feedback on improvements to the game’s dynamic campaign map, a greater visual focus on “body and detail” during battles, an overhauled lighting system, and optimizations to the HUD and UI.
According to Sega, Relic has already responded to players who tried out the game’s multiplayer pre-alpha test in November 2021 and “helped the team make significant improvements to Battlegroups, their upgrade trees, units and call-in abilities “.
The team also continues to “review and refine” dialogue to ensure the voice work is “authentic to specific characters and their native accents [is] included in the game”. So that’s a lot to do.
“We know we want to deliver the best game possible and we feel like we’re not there yet,” Sega noted in a Q&A document made available to Eurogamer. “Your feedback has helped us in our decision to ensure CoH3 meets the high standards of both the development team and our players.
“This additional time allows us to work on overall improvements, balancing, and fine-tuning of CoH 3 to ensure the game meets player expectations and delivers the most intense tactical experience in the series to date.”
Don’t expect this time to be used to add new features, modes, factions, or units, the editor continued. Company of Heroes 3 launch content is now locked, and the delay is simply to “buff, tune, and bug fix” what’s already in the game.
“Working with the CoH dev community over the past few years has been an invaluable experience and we are very grateful to them for all of their contributions to CoH3 to date,” said Relic CEO Justin Dowdeswell. “We want to deliver the biggest and most compelling game in our franchise’s history, which means we need a little more time to debug, balance and polish to ensure our players have an amazing experience at launch.”
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