This seems like a good move on Relic's part. The Dawn of War
franchise has been their new focus for a few years now, which meant Company of Heroes
was put on the back burner. And, with Starcraft 2
right around the corner, the idea of a free-to-play RTS seems more lucrative for gamers that don't want to pay $60 for a PC game.
Company of Heroes is currently planning a beta-test and is on track for a release this Fall.