The newest screenshots from Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes 2 show us more of the ColdTech system, the game's dynamic weather technology.
The ColdTech system, along with the new TrueSight line-of-sight mechanic, are two of the biggest gameplay alterations found in Company of Heroes 2. The new images show some of the former in action, and we're getting a better idea of how the weather conditions work compared to what we saw during E3 last month. Sure, Relic did a great job previewing the system for us, but we didn't know, for instance, that tanks could actually fall through ice; at the time, we just knew a frozen lake could slow down units.
The "extreme cold" mechanic mimics the harsh winter conditions that the Soviet region was so well known for -- and the downfall of many invading armies. In the '40s, the temperatures dropped as low as -40 degrees F, capable of freezing human skin in minutes. To reflect this, your infantry units will actually slowly freeze to death unless you shelter them or build fires to keep 'em warm.
Troop movement is also heavily affected by snow and ice. The depth of snow impacts how well you can move through the environment, and you'll need to be careful about leaving tracks for enemies.
Game director Quinn Duffy sums it all up pretty well:
"Company of Heroes 2 is all about authenticity and no game based on the Eastern Front would be complete without extreme weather conditions. Thanks to the enhanced technology offered by the new Essence Engine we are able to accurately portray the bitter Soviet winter which crippled the German army.”