Squeaking in during the last weeks before launch, Relic has announced that the open beta for Company of Heroes 2 will run from today until June 18.

The beta introduces players to six of the game’s maps and will offer competitive and co-operative modes for testing. The first 45 levels of the game’s progression system are also available. To sweeten the deal, those who play the beta will keep their progress if they buy Company of Heroes 2 on Steam within two months of launch. 

The sequel to the popular World War II real-time strategy game is set to release June 25, one week after the beta ends. If you can’t check out the beta until you’re home from work, take a look at this video preview featuring lots and lots of tanks.

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