Originally developed for Company of Heroes by Relic Entertainment, the later versions of The Essence Engine features many new graphical effects, including High Dynamic Range lighting, dynamic lighting and shadows, advanced shader effects and normal mapping. The Essence Engine is also one of the first RTS engines to create detailed faces with facial animations.

In Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, the Essence Engine was further improved to include weather effects, and also added support for DirectX 10 for Windows Vista.

Dawn of War II uses an updated version of Essence Engine (Essence 2.0) which allows for more detailed models and textures; more advanced lighting and shading effects; more complex "sync-kills" than those in Dawn of War; and better support for multi-processor systems.

Essence v1.0
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
Company of Heroes Online

Essence v2.0
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution

Essence v3.0
Company of Heroes 2

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About Dawn of War II with 11 comments by Ira_Aduro on Oct 14th, 2008

The fact that you are reading this news article on this site means you are interested in mods. Perhaps not Dawn of War mods, but mods non-the-less. Help us, your fellow modders, realize our dream. The more companies that realize the value of the modding community, the better. Please sign this petition after reading my reasons for starting it below.

Petition: Gopetition.com

Dawn of War I is a brilliant example of how, if a company embraces modders, modders will embrace the company and grow passionate communities of fans. The communities that grew around the Dawn of War I mods prolonged Dawn of War's life and brought enjoyment to many fans. Many people bought Dawn of War specifically for the mods and Dawn of War's mod friendliness.

With this in mind it is strange that Relic would turn their back on the modding community. I believe Relic is very interested in what their fans have to say and so I've started this petition. All we ask for are developer tools after the game releases.

Also, this petition, while probably not changing Relic's minds now, hopefully will have positive future ramifications. Hopefully Relic will realize just how much modding means and how passionate we, the mod community are. If it does, then I will consider this petition successful. The fact that the modding community is willing to come together and sign this is a success in it's own right.

Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes Company of Heroes

Updated 4 days ago Released Sep 10, 2006 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

Delivering a visceral WWII gaming experience, Company of Heroes redefines real time strategy gaming by bringing the sacrifice of heroic soldiers, war-ravaged...

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Updated 2 weeks ago Released Sep 26, 2007 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

The next chapter in the #1 rated RTS franchise thrusts players into a hellish war torn landscape to command two battle-hardened armies in relentless campaigns...

Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor

Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor

Updated 2 weeks ago Released Apr 9, 2009 Single Player Real Time Strategy

Tales of Valor includes new units, additional maps and further multiplayer modes, such as 'Stonewall', where the player commands a small number of troops...

Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 Company of Heroes 2

Updated 2 weeks ago Released Jun 24, 2013 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

Moves the battle away from the common Western Front focus of World War II and refocuses on some of history’s most brutal and devastating conflicts on...

Dawn of War II: Retribution

Dawn of War II: Retribution Dawn of War II: Retribution

Updated 1 month ago Released Mar 3, 2011 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Tactics

Command any of the six unique factions in the next stand alone expansion of the critically acclaimed Dawn of War franchise. Build a massive army or lead...

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xiedongli Feb 7 2013, 4:12am says:

This engine is great

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moddlord1 Dec 18 2012, 2:09pm says:

waz up! i am the dawn of war!! COH also very cool

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EL-dude-LOCO Jul 27 2008, 6:24pm replied:

I love this company for bringing us homeworld

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@geordiejeans where are you folks located? We've confirmed with our team that the servers are up and fully functional. @gameremixx

1hour 50mins ago by companyheroes

@gameremixx our servers haven't encountered any down time. Sorry to hear you've had a frustrating experience. That one is not on our end :(

2hours 19mins ago by companyheroes

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2hours 57mins ago by companyheroes

Looking for further clarification surrounding our modding rules and guidelines? We've got you covered: T.co #COH2

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Mar 24 2015, 9:29pm by relicgames

The @relicgames crew is en route to climb the @Harbour_Centre #UrbanGrind today. #fit T.co

Mar 24 2015, 7:56pm by relicgames

Annnd we're back EARLY! Thank you to our players for your patience during maintenance. Time to get back in the game! #ForTheEmperor

Mar 24 2015, 6:10pm by wh40kdow

Our servers are now down for maintenance, which will last approximately 30 minutes. Thank you for your patience! #ForTheEmperor

Mar 24 2015, 6:00pm by wh40kdow

Calling all Dawn of War players: our servers will be going down for maintenance at 3 pm PDT, and will return at 3:30 pm PDT.

Mar 24 2015, 5:30pm by wh40kdow

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