Company of Heroes

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Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes cover
Developers
Relic Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
THQ
Sega
Engines
Essence Engine 1.0
Release dates
Windows September 12, 2006
macOS (OS X) March 1, 2012
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes 2006
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts 2007
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor 2009
Company of Heroes 2 2013
Company of Heroes 2 - The Western Front Armies 2014
Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault 2014
Company of Heroes 2 - The British Forces 2015

Key points

Online multiplayer for non-Steam versions stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[1]
Steam version updates can potentially break mods.

General information

Official website
Company of Heroes Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions - New Steam version
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires disk check or persistent internet connection (later versions). This DRM was briefly patched out of the game, with 1.71 (no expansions) being the last version to require neither internet, nor a disk to play.
Mac App Store Company of Heroes Complete: Campaign Edition
Steam Fully patched. See New Steam Version.

Version differences[edit]

New Steam Version[edit]

The New Steam Version (included alongside the original THQ release) has all the multiplayer components modified to use Steamworks, as the original multiplayer servers are no longer available. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor count as DLC and do not require any extra downloads.

Company of Heroes Complete: Campaign Edition[edit]

The OS X release of the game, it includes the Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor expansions.

Note that multiplayer is not included.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches for the game can be found here (Retail Only).

Skip intro videos[edit]

-nostartupmovies[citation needed]

Use the -nomovies command line argument.

Custom refresh rate[edit]

Add the launch option -refresh xxx (ex: 120 or 144) parameter[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes\*.(ini|lua|txt)
macOS (OS X)
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes Relaunch\*.(ini|lua|txt)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes\Savegames
macOS (OS X)
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes Relaunch\Savegames

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
HUD is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Launch the game with the -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works using usual borderless fullscreen methods. Tested using GameCompanion.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Introduced via patches. Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Launch the game with the -novsync parameter to disable Vsync.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 8.1[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Russian
New Steam Version & Retail

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 6112, 30260, 9100

Issues fixed[edit]

Refresh rate issue[edit]

Refresh rate set at 50 Hz instead of 60 Hz.
Set launch options in Steam[citation needed]
  1. Right click Company of Heroes in Steam Library.
  2. Click "Properties" then "Set Launch Options".
  3. Enter -refresh 60
Set launch options on retail version[citation needed]
  1. Right click Company of Heroes shortcut.
  2. Click "Properties" then add the follow to the target: -refresh 60

Steam version start-up crash[edit]

The latest Steam version of this game won't start on some systems, crashing back to the desktop immediately.
Use old XThread.dll[3]
  1. Download XThread.dll.
  2. Extract into the installation folder, replacing the existing file.
  3. If the game is in German after this fix open Locale.ini in the installation folder.
  4. Change lang= to the language you want (for English use lang=English).
  5. Save your changes and run the game again.

Crash when loading into a map[edit]

The game will crash when loading into any map. This is possibly caused by SLI/Crossfire cards.
Set the graphics settings to high instead of ultra, or use borderless windowed[citation needed]
  1. Set the graphics settings to high. If it still crashes, use borderless windowed with ultra settings.

Second monitor blacking out[edit]

When launching the game on a dual screen setup, the secondary monitor will often be blacked out.
Press Alt+ Enter twice.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 1.1, 4
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes DivX Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks Steamworks support is only available in the New Steam Version.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP
Intel Pentium IV 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6.5 GB 9 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
Nvidia GeForce 6800 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz 2.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM
512 MB of VRAM
Supported ATI chipsets: Radeon 9500 series, Radeon 9600 series, Radeon 9700 series, Radeon 9800 series, Radeon X300 series, Radeon X550 series, Radeon X600 series, Radeon X700 series, Radeon X800 series, Radeon X1000 series, Radeon X1100 series, Radeon X1300 series, Radeon X1600 series, Radeon X1800 series, Radeon X1900 series, Radeon HD 2400 series, Radeon HD 2600 series, Radeon HD 2900 series
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce3/Ti series, GeForce4/Ti (excluding the GeForce4MX series), GeForce FX 5700 series, GeForce FX 5800 series, GeForce FX 5900 series, GeForce 6200 series, GeForce 6600 series, GeForce 6800 series, GeForce 7300 series, GeForce 7600 series, GeForce 7800 series, GeForce 7900 series, GeForce 8400 series, GeForce 8500 series, GeForce 8600 series, GeForce 8700 series, GeForce 8800 series

References

  1. Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
  2. Company of Heroes Review - NGOHQ.com
  3. Xthread.dll error - How to fix. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)