The army persistency is something that;s been on the cards since Company of Heroes Online- THQ's boss stated that DoWIII could follow a similar model. I rather liked COHO.
And talking of which, the buzz about a new game announcement came when COHO was shut down, so the hope really is for a new CoH title. They repeatedly stated at the time that they had plans for the franchise following COHO.
"We've got maybe seconds before Darth Rosenberg grinds everybody into Jawa burgers and not one of you buds has the midi-chlorians to stop her!"
I'm currently playing CoH and even though I've played 4-5 times already, I'm still having a blast. The missions are designed so well and the technology is still current. (love how missions retain damage from the previous and how the attacking missions, you can build up defenses for the next mission)
"The Daemon lied with every breath. It could not help itself but to deceive and dismay, to riddle and ruin. The more we conversed, the closer I drew to one singularly ineluctable fact: I would gain no wisdom here."