Command & Conquer: Generals 2 renamed and going free-to-play; built on Frostbite 2
Remember Command & Conquer: Generals 2? It's possible that you might have forgotten, as there has been next to no news about the game since it was announced at last year's Video Game Awards. As it turns out, that may be because EA has been busy taking the game in a direction different than it was being taken in before.
At Gamescom, EA finally took the veil off of what they've been up to with C&C:G2. First off, that name has been ditched, and the new title for the game is… Command & Conquer… that's it, just that. Secondly, the game will be powered by the Frostbite 2 engine that powers games such as Battlefield 3. Thirdly, and most importantly, the game will be going free-to-play.
Yes, free. But EA will not whittle down the experience down to match the price. As mentioned in their press release, it is the company's plan to give players the full AAA strategy game experience, the full Command & Conquer experience, for free.
"We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command & Conquer into a premier online experience," said Jon Van Caneghem, VP and General Manager at EA. "For nearly two decades, this franchise has existed as something you buy; now we are creating a destination where our fans will be able to access the entire Command & Conquer universe, starting with Generals and continuing with Red Alert, Tiberium and beyond. With Frostbite 2, we are able to keep an emphasis on the AAA quality our consumers expect while staying true to the RTS gameplay they know and love – all available online for free."
Featuring "a familiar blend of cerebral, strategic gameplay and fun, fast-paced action", Command & Conquer is set to "deliver an authentic and modern RTS experience that will instantly exhilarate longtime fans and captivate new players" when it makes its debut as a free, client-based PC game in 2013.
But you don't have to wait until then for a chance to get in on the action. At this very moment, you can head on over to www.CommandandConquer.com/free to sign up for a chance to take part in an upcoming closed beta.
And now, for your enjoyment, here is the new trailer for Command & Conquer, direct from Gamescom.
Source: EA press release
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