Welcome to Company of Heroes: Back to Basics!

Back to Basics is a free conversion mod for Company of Heroes and its expansions, that besides having new units, abilities, upgrades and commander trees, also has a new weapon damage and penetration system. This improves gameplay and requires more tactical assaults and defenses, thus creating a more difficult and interesting Gameplay. The idea behind it is that we wanted to achieve a weapon system that is more lethal, making battles less static while still making it somewhat forgiving for the player to lose squads or vehicles.
Cover can make the difference between life and death for Infantry Squads, and obviously Rifles and Semi-automatic weapons are best at medium to long range while Sub Machine Guns and Assault Rifles excel at fighting in close combat. Heavy and Light Machine Guns serve as all range support weapons.

Vehicle Combat is more realistic and less static as well. While Back to Basics doesn’t have one shot kills in tank to tank combat, there are much more critical hits involved. All in all, Vehicle Combat requires much more attention as damages are quite lethal.

Artillery serves the role as long range support weapon which is able to blast through any defensive position. However we changed the mechanics, so that Artillery only damages vehicles on really close and direct hits, it no longer will penetrate tank armor with splash damage that easily, this is the same against entrenched Infantry.

All weapon and engine sounds have been modified as well to sound less ‘flat’ or boring, as well as that the tracer beams have been reworked to look much better.

On top of everything, Back to Basics includes one of the smartest AI's out there, being much smarter in purchasing and using units, building defenses, using cover and holding territory while shelling you with deadly artillery and other indirect fire support!

Back to Basics: Battle of the Hedges adds a harder difficulty to Company of Heroes, making it more challenging to play. It is compatible with Company of Heroes, Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor, always with the latest patch. You do not have to own all 3 products of the Company of Heroes series to play Back to Basics.

Special Thanks to everyone who made this mod possible, including our
fans and players.

Launching the mod

Make a shortcut of the game using steam, go to shortcut's properties and add //-mod Improved -dev to the end of the target line.
The entire target line should look like this:

steam://rungameid/228200//-mod Improved -dev

Note, that shortcut that comes with v3 release of the mod does not work with steam

Download Back to Basics v3.0

Before downloading Back to Basics, please make sure that you patched Company of Heroes to v2.602

Back to Basics v3.0 FULL 

Does not require a previous installation of Back to Basics. Make sure to
remove any existing Back to Basics version before installing.

Download Back to Basics Update v3.1

Back to Basics Update v3.1 

Mirrors: to be added

Requires a v3.0 installation of Back to Basics. Make sure to
have this version installed before installing.


We really appreciate feedback, let us know here on ModDB or on RelicNews what you think about the mod, what you like and what could possibly be Improved.

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7 comments by AGameAnx on Mar 24th, 2013

Visit the download section on moddb here to download the patch. Additional mirrors will be available later on as we upload the patch archive to them.
Full changelog:

- Fixed reported typos.
- Improved unclear descriptions of units, abilities and upgrades.

Global Balance Changes:
- Turret Machine Guns firing arc decreased from 360° (180° to both sides) to 120° (60° to both sides). This makes it slightly easier to flank tanks and vehicles with a turret mounted Machine Gun.

- Fixed a bug where the M4 'Assault' Sherman could not target Bunkers and other Structures.
- Turret M2hb .50cal HMGs weapon tables fixed. This is a flat nerf for the weapon, as it had a way too high DPS at all ranges.
- M2 60mm Mortar Setup time increased from 1.5s to 2.4s, to match all other mortars.
- M26 Pershings come no longer with a Tank Commander by default. An upgrade which also gives the same modifiers as all Tank Commanders can now be purchased individually for each tank.

- Added a special Campaign-only Canadian Infantry squad to the Headquarters Command Truck, who can be deployed in certain missions. This squad is more similar to the Infantry Section:
* Three upgrades available: Flamethrower, Bren Light Machine Gun or a Boys AT Rifle.
* The ability to throw Grenades and Sprint.
- Fixed a bug where the Tetrach was unable to fire its main gun after upgrading the Littlejohn Adapter.
- Fixed the missing Flamethrower for the Canadian Infantry.
- PIAT reliability at medium and long ranges has been increased.

- Fixed a bug where the Sturmhaubitze 42 could not target Bunkers and other Structures.

Panzer Elite:
- 81mm Gr.34 Mortar Halftrack setup time increased from 2.2s to 2.4s, to match all other mortars.

- Liberation of Caen: M01 Authie
* Increased initial munition count to 600
* Decreased emplacement build time from 0.5 of original build time to 0.35
- Liberation of Caen: M03 Carpiquet
* Fixed missing Canadian Infantry in the Headquarters Command Truck
- Liberation of Caen: M04 Carpiquet: The Airfield
* Fixed missing Canadian Infantry in the Headquarters Command Truck

- Crucial AI attack priority logic improvements for Easy, Medium and Hard AI
- Fixed an important bug where AI would stop controlling its units
- AI reinforcing is now controlled manually through scar making AI not waste any time reinforcing its units
- Improved heavy weapon setup logic
- Improved early game attack logic slightly
- Improved axis AI logic for purchasing pak38
- Slightly improved AI artillery targeting logic (preventing AI from targeting single squads too often)
- Decreased priority for some AI point types to prevent it from clumping units
- Removed low priority markers from all the maps to prevent potential issues with them (they weren't placed properly)
- Decreased Assault Sherman priority
- Decreased Fuel bonuses
- Increased Munition bonuses to match manpower bonuses
- Slightly changed 3rd level of production purchase logic, eliminating the cases where the upgrade would switch back and forth

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Back to Basics Update v3.1

Back to Basics Update v3.1

Mar 24, 2013 Patch 8 comments

[REQUIRES BACK TO BASICS V3.0 AND COMPANY OF HEROES PATCH v2.602] This patch addresses some gameplay bugs and imbalances, fixes some language errors and...

Back to Basics v3.0 FULL

Back to Basics v3.0 FULL

Feb 25, 2013 Full Version 40 comments

Latest full release. [REQUIRES COMPANY OF HEROES PATCH v2.602] Patch v3.1 available for this release of the mod.

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics patch v2.1

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics patch v2.1

Jun 15, 2012 Patch 5 comments


[OUTDATED]Back to Basics v2.0

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics v2.0

Jun 6, 2012 Full Version 8 comments

[REQUIRES COMPANY OF HEROES PATCH v2.602] Back to Basics v2.0

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics v1.2.2

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics v1.2.2

Apr 18, 2011 Patch 19 comments

A small patch that fixes various gamebreaking stuff.

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics v1.13

[OUTDATED]Back to Basics v1.13

Nov 9, 2010 Full Version 14 comments

After a long delay, we are proud to annouce the release of version 1.13 of Back to Basics. We have been working very hard on this, perfectionizing things...

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bingo12345 Apr 8 2014, 7:57am says:

infantry on half-track can't use their skill still

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Elizabeth_Lestrad Mar 7 2014, 12:08am says:

Anyone have any advice on getting the campaigns working? I've been trying to play Market Garden and keep getting a Fatal Scar error at the opening cutscene. Just wondering since there seems to be conflicting reports on the campaigns working after the 3.0 (or 3.1) patch.

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AGameAnx Mar 7 2014, 10:55am replied:

Hey. I just tested the first Market Garden mission and I do not get a scar error. I don't know if I somehow fixed this after 3.1 but there wasn't much work done on campaigns, especially not market garden, after our last release. Also, you seem to have misunderstood something - while there was some work done on the campaigns it is mostly only for the american campaign's first couple of missions. The campaigns were broken for quite a while now and it would be pretty hard for us to fix them.

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Elizabeth_Lestrad Mar 7 2014, 11:01pm replied:

Bummer. Ah well, thanks anyways.

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EasyCompanyofFrance Feb 27 2014, 4:32am says:

Hi all i have a question.
Back to Basics mod is compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1?
if you is not it possible to put a day? because I love this mod with 2 others and mod allows me to play the campaign all CoH .. and also resolves some problems because some campaign mission does not work.
Thank you to you and still very good mod continue
thank you

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AGameAnx Mar 5 2014, 3:46pm replied:

I think most of the campaign doesn't work after we've added some of the scar scripts and changed requirements on abilities. Not related to Windows 8. I personally have no problems playing the game on windows 8 except for the view sometimes jumping to a random location when clicking the minimap. Same problem in coh2 for me as well, kinda weird.

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glassnerd Apr 21 2014, 4:03pm replied:

i have a question. is there a patch for coh version 2.700 and if not can u please make one. =)

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EasyCompanyofFrance Mar 11 2014, 11:39am replied:

thx but I can not run the mod .. it tell me that the path does not exist .. and installion alas all of the mission is not working

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Celution Mar 3 2014, 9:56am replied:

The game should run fine on Windows 8 and 8.1, as the core functions are not affected by the version of Windows one is running. As far as we know all campaign missions should work and should be playable. (I finished all three major campaigns with ease, the only more difficult ones are the ToV mini-campaigns as they are scripted the the bone, which, in combination with all the changes and especially the combat system BtB has, can make them buggy.

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Kommandant.12 Feb 24 2014, 12:39am replied:

Thank you!
Oh and sorry for the very very late reply but I just got your reply a day ago Moddb isn't emailing me (on time) when I get replies so that's why, but thanks again for your reply!

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