THQ’s recent earnings report revealed that Company of Heroes Online, a free-to-play version of Company of Heroes, is due to be released this fiscal year. The game, which is currently being developed in cooperation with Shanda, a Chinese online game operator, has been playable since early this year.
While THQ has declined to comment specifically on Company of Heroes Online, with the recent success of free-to-play games like EA’s Battlefield Heroes it seems the perfect time to start working on the English version of title. As the game uses the same assets as normal Company of Heroes, the only work that needs to be done on the English version is translating the game’s launcher and website, and setting up a payment system for American and European customers who wish to buy premium content.
THQ will be looking to fill out their otherwise meagre 2010 lineup and Company of Heroes Online could be just the thing. It has the potential to reach a large sector of the market and bring in a lot of new Company of Heroes players.