Company Heroes 2 (CoH2) is one of my favorite real-time strategy games. It may be a few years old but the destructible environments, the graphics, and the intensity are still unrivaled.
The game easily earned a place among our Top 10 strategy games for Mac, but there was one caveat: those impressive graphics come at a cost. Not anymore.
The game still needs a powerful machine to run smoothly, but thanks a recent update, the game runs much faster than before. At $19.99, Company of Heroes 2 is the complete package. It has the looks, a good price, and now, improved performance.
What’s new with Company of Heroes 2 on Mac? Feral Interactive just added Metal support, instantly making the game run better and faster. You can read more about it below.
Company of Heroes 2 for Mac is a World War II real-time strategy game from Feral Interactive and was released on January 27, 2015, for both Mac and Linux.
It was hard to imagine how a sequel could significantly improve upon the legendary Company of Heroes, but CoH2 delivered. The sequel brought a new engine with much better graphics, an improved physics engine, dynamic weather and much more.
Plus, Company of Heroes 2 moves out of the tired battles we know too well (Battle of Normandy, anyone?) and features an intense single-player campaign that reenacts some of the infamous battles lead by the Red Army on the Eastern Front. If you’re more into online play, the game also features competitive and cooperative multiplayer (Mac-to-Mac only).
Bottom line, CoH2 is a terrific game and I’m not the only one thinks so. The game has received good reviews since day one from both professional critics and users alike:
The official Company of Heroes 2 Mac requirements recently changed and it now requires more RAM and the latest MacOS version:
- OS 10.13.5
- 1.8Ghz CPU
- 8 GB RAM
- 1GB Nvidia 650M, 2GB AMD Radeon M290, Intel Iris Pro or better
- 35 GB Hard drive space
I would normally be annoyed by a game suddenly having higher requirements, but in this case, it’s for a good cause: Metal support.
On July 24, Feral Interactive released a free update and moved the game from the aging OpenGL graphics engine to the newer and promising Metal 2 graphics API. And as could be expected, the improvements are impressive. On my 2014 27-inch iMac, the game runs 52% faster and on my 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro it runs 40% faster!
Apple did promise that Metal would be a game changer, but this is the first time we see the improvements first-hand on an existing game.
We dig deeper into these improvements in our official Mac Performance Review, but for now, just keep in mind that the game runs much faster than before thanks to this free update. Also, Feral has informed us that the update is only available for the Steam version of the game for the moment. Hopefully, the Mac App Store version will be updated soon.
There’s never been a better time to give Company of Heroes 2 a try. It has never been cheaper, and since the update, even entry-level MacBook Pros should be able to handle it (which wasn’t the case before).
Developers tend to move on to new projects as soon as possible. After all, the sales come from the new games. That makes Feral’s work here even more admirable. They took an older game and decided to use a completely different graphics API. And they didn’t do it expecting to create hype (they barely mentioned it), they did it to improve the experience of their existing users.
Again, kudos to Feral Interactive. Hopefully, more developers will follow their lead.