Company of Heroes

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Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes cover
Relic Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Essence Engine 1.0
Release dates
Windows September 12, 2006
macOS (OS X) March 1, 2012
Metacritic 93
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Historical, World War II
Series Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes on HowLongToBeat
Company of Heroes on IGDB
Company of Heroes guide on StrategyWiki
Company of Heroes on MobyGames
Company of Heroes on Wikipedia
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
Armor of Heroes 2020
Company of Heroes 3 2022

Key points

Online multiplayer for non-Steam versions stopped working in December 2013, due to Quazal services being shut down.[1]
Steam version updates can potentially break mods.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions - New Steam version


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires SecuROM 7 DRM disc 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. Comes on 6 CDs.
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Humble Store
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Complete Pack also available.
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Fully patched. See New Steam Version.
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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Company of Heroes Complete: Campaign Edition
macOS (OS X)
Soundtrack is available for free here.

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

Skip intro videos[edit]


Use the -nomovies command line argument.

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
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes\*.lua
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes\*.txt
macOS (OS X)
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes Relaunch\*.ini
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes Relaunch\*.lua
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Company of Heroes Relaunch\*.txt
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4560/pfx/[Note 1]

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\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4560/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
HUD is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Launch the game with the -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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 and 120+ FPS
See Game chooses incorrect refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 8.1[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
New Steam Version & Retail


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Non-Steam version only.
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 6112, 30260, 9100
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
(Taken from the Anthology).User created game profile, Delete spDx10.dll in game directory see vorpx forum.Note:Profile should work with Opposing Front and Tales of Valor as well.

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuttering when playing with DX9 or High Shader Quality[edit]

Performance friendly.
Disable Tripple Buffering[citation needed]

Launch the game with the -notriplebuffer parameter.

Game chooses incorrect refresh rate[edit]

The game may not choose the highest refresh rate supported by the screen.
Set refresh rate manually[citation needed]

Launch the game with the -refresh 120 parameter (where 120 is the screen refresh rate).

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[4]
  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.

Cinematics and ingame cutscenes run at low fps[edit]

Adjust compatibility settings[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Right click on RelicCOH.exe to access properties and select the Compatibility tab
  3. Run the program in windows 7 compatibility mode


Selecting 'Disable fullscreen optimizations' may also help.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 1.1, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
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
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
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


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/4560/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (4560) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.