Command & Conquer goes free-to-play, online

Command & Conquer Generals 2 is no more. The game, announced late last year has now been “transformed” as EA makes moves towards our inevitable digital future. While we’d been promised a fully-fledged sequel to the 2003 release, developed by BioWare and using the Frostbite 2 engine, what we’re actually getting is a free-to-play online experience simply titled Command & Conquer.

Rather than using Facebook or any other existing online platform, EA promises an all-new one is on the way, set to launch some time next year. Apparently, “the Generals universe” will just be the first of many free offerings the publisher is working on.

…and despite all that, the game is apparently still using Frostbite 2, and is being created by BioWare developers.

Jon Van Caneghem, VP/GM at EA explains:

We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command and Conquer into a premier online experience. 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 and 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.

So what are we getting into, besides another confusing game using the same title as a previous release?

Exactly what you’d expect: Take control of multiple factions, build up operation bases, compete for resources, lead massive armies (aircraft, tanks, soldiers) into battle as part of the all-out war. Despite this being an online release, EA is promising “incredibly detailed units”, and with the Frostbite 2 engine on-hand, we can expect some fully destructible environments, impressive physics and mind-blowing visual effects.

Command & Conquer is poised to re-define what gamers expect from a strategy game.

Sound like your thing? Able to get over the fact that it’s not an outright sequel to Command & Conquer: Generals? (After all, it’s been 10 years!) Want to play it before anybody else? Then hop to it: EA are accepting sign-ups for the Command & Conquer closed beta right now, at

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