If you're as excited about Relic Entertainment's return to World War II in Company of Heroes 2 as I am, then you'll be very pleased to hear about all of the pre-order incentives that THQ is offering to those who spend early on the 2013 release. The bonuses vary depending on which digital storefront you're buying from, so read on for the full breakdown.
Steam pre-orders actually roll into the "Steam Pre-Purchase Tiered Reward Program," a mouthful of a designation that basically amounts to unspecified unlocks in other games, including Team Fortress 2 and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2 Retribution. Meanwhile, Origin pre-orders include the Soviet Bryansk Front heavy vehicle skin and ShopTHQ pre-orders come with a Command Pass (also to be sold separately), offering bonus multiplayer maps and access to "exclusive member's only events."
No matter which e-tailer you place your pre-order with, you'll also receive additional bonuses in the form of German Rotbraun and Soviet Leningrad skins for medium weight vehicles. It seems that "selected retailers" will also offer pre-order customers access to the game's upcoming closed beta.
In addition to the standard edition, THQ also revealed a Digital Collector's Edition for Company of Heroes 2, a $99.99 package that includes access to the first three single player DLC packs that Relic releases, the Command Pass, German Whitewash and Soviet Winter Cobblestone heavy tank skins, and a Veteran badge to decorate your in-game profile with. The CE also includes the previous game in the series along with both of its expansion packs.
Company of Heroes 2 is currently set to arrive sometime in "early 2013," a stretch of months that is frankly starting to look even more crowded than holiday 2012.