Here at Maximum PC, we usually prefer gaming news that's brought to you by the letters “P” and “C,” but a doozy of an earthshaker dropped today over in Console Land, so here we are. Anyway, remember when Guitar Hero was a national institution – a household name? Well, now it's set to remain just that: a memory. And nothing more.
Pour one out, have a moment of silence, or box something in coffin and shoot it out into space, because Company of Heroes Online is, unfortunately, dead. The free-to-play iteration of Relic's beloved WWII strategy will soon shed its beta safety net and, well, ker-splat.
“CoHO is closing. Shutting down. This isn't some kind of weird trick or marketing ploy where in three months we announce that it's back. This isn't New Coke,” a Relic developer said on the Gamerplays forums.
As of March 31, Company of Heroes Online will cease to be. As such, Relic's encouraged players to spend all their CoHO Cash as soon as possible, so as to avoid flushing their money down the gigantic, failure-encrusted toilet that is history.
On the upside, beta participants will receive a code that'll nab them the Company of Heroes Gold Edition for only $4.99. Also, the Company of Heroes franchise isn't down for the count just yet, with Relic explaining that “we are still working on our plans for the Company of Heroes franchise and are not ready to discuss details yet.”
Still though, it's a damn shame that this one will never see the light of day. RIP, COH. May flights of microtransactions sing you to your rest.