Company of Heroes developer Relic is giving away a game to celebrate its 25th anniversary, though it's not one of its core titles.

Armor of Heroes is a top-down multiplayer arcade shooter that pits you and three other players against rudimentary tank skirmishes. There are nine game modes to choose from, a selection of maps and vehicles to switch between, and even the option to play multiplayer, co-op, or PvP against the AI.

The game originally released in October 2020 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sega (Relic's parent company), but was only available for a limited time before being pulled from the Steam store. However, it is now back and can be redeemed by creating a Relic Community account and linking it to your Steam profile. You'll have to be quick, because the promotion ends today (June 23).

We wouldn't worry too much if you're late for the party. As a multiplayer arcade shooter, the game's only resemblance to the larger Company of Heroes series is its name and theme. The arcade game wasn't even made by Relic, but by a small studio called The Eccentric Ape, which specializes in porting games between systems.

Don't expect the free game to blow your mind or find someone waiting on their online servers. But if you feel like enjoying a few free minutes of arcade car warfare with your friends, it might be worth it.

A screenshot from an Armor of Heroes match, showing four tanks skirmishing

(Image credit: Sega/Future)

How to claim hero armor

If you want to get Armor of Heroes back, this is what you need to do:

  • Go to the Company of Heroes community website (opens in a new tab) and create a free account
  • Click on the Armor of Heroes banner at the top of the page, which will take you to a rewards screen.
  • Follow the instructions to link your Relic and Steam accounts
  • Go back to the rewards page and click “claim” to add Armor of Heroes to your Steam account
  • Start Steam and download the game through your library

Now you can fight your way through the sands of World War II at your leisure.

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