Over in Gamescom, EA announced that the game formerly known as Generals 2 is now known simply as ‘Command and Conquer’, and that it is now to be EA’s first AAA Free to Play game utilizing the Frostbite 2 engine. This new platform will launch in 2013, and there are plans for both the Tiberium and Red Alert universes to join this platform.
“We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command & Conquer into a premier online experience,” said Jon Van Caneghem, VP/GM 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.”
A new trailer has been released, so take a look:
As a C&C Fan for over 10 years, I am excited for the fact I can play for free. I’m scared – knowing the track record the fanbase’s reaction to past games – that the backlash may hurt this new project, but on the whole I’m excited because do I love me some C&C. I truly hope that EA knows what they are doing and that we get lots of updates and videos reassuring us of this, because this is the first update we’ve had since the VGAs back in January.
They have now opened up their site for people to be invited into the beta, so if you like RTSes, and you want to play THE best one ever made on one of the newest graphics engines available, sign up here.