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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K-J Christmas Game Contest Confirmed 2017

~ Is this going to be the last K-J Christmas contest? ~

Yes! it's almost Christmas time again and that means a new Christmas contest that I'm going to hold this year like I do every year since 2014 when the group was made. But this can be the last for both Halloween & Christmas contest I'm going to host, since Steam closed down the game inventory. That you can read more about here: A hard punch from Steam against K-J Game Competition

If I can't figure out another way to keep up the K-J group, so will the group be closed. But don't lose hope I will think about something to keep it up. And no... I will not think about giving out Steam-Keys, I do not trust those for this type of things. But enough with that. This will be the year's contest prices.

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~ Information about all the contest in December ~

The winners of the contest will be revealed in January 2018

  • 04.12.17 - 08.12.17 / Just Cause™ 3 / One has the opportunity to win.
  • 11.12.17 - 15.12.17 / Company of Heroes Franchise Edition / One has the opportunity to win.
  • 12.12.17 - 24.12.17 / Bonus Contest "No more info here" / One has the opportunity to win.
  • 18.12.17 - 22.12.17 / Total War Grand Master Collection / One has the opportunity to win.
  • 25.12.17 - 29.12.17 / K-J ~ Gift Ticket / Three has the opportunity to win this ticket.

For you who don't know what a "K-J Gift Ticket" is, so can you read more about it here: K-J Game Competition - Gift Ticket! / or in short words, you can use this ticket to choose a game you want on steam if you win this ticket. Now if you have any questions comment here or send me a "PM" and for you don't know about the K-J group, so can you join it here: K-J Game Competition everyone can join!

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Modding Update and Franchise Sale
Company of Heroes

Modding Update and Franchise Sale

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An update for the original Company of Heroes, adding Steam modding support with the addition of Steam Workshop and also Steam trading cards.

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Company of Heroes: Back to Basics v4.0

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The long awaited v4.0 update of Company of Heroes: Back to Basics is now available!

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Protectors of the Homeland

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You've waited so patiently for it, so without further ado, the ZombieMod team presents the first complete doctrine - Protectors of the Homeland.

February 1st Update
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February 1st Update

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February 1st is my birthday, so I thought it would be a nice treat to share some content with you guys. Enjoy!

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

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