SEGA announced a limited free trial for Relic Entertainment’s Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces. The trial period will begin at 10:00am PDT/6:00pm BST/7:00pm CET on August 31 and end at 2:00pm PDT/10:00pm BST/11:00pm CET on September 2 2015.

During the Steam exclusive trial, up to 55,000 players will get hands-on with the complete British army including 15 new units, up to six new commanders (three in the base game and three via the War Spoils loot dropping system) and a total of eight new multiplayer maps as well as the four factions and base commanders from all previous games.

The British Forces adds a new dynamic to the battlefield by giving players the ability to combine powerful, coordinated attacks across two distinct combat styles:

  • The Hammer: An aggressive, mobile approach
  • The Anvil: A deliberate but highly potent defensive approach

With this latest addition of the British army, Company of Heroes 2 is one of the most comprehensive World War II RTS games available. The British Forces expansion will be available on September 3rd for $12.99/£9.99/€12.99 as a stand-alone package or as an addition to the existing factions featured in Company of Heroes 2. New players will also have access to all pre-existing maps via auto-match as well as the ability to battle against all other existing factions.

New players who pre-order via Steam will net a nice 10% discount while owners of any Company of Heroes game will score a 20% discount.