F2P Strategy Powered By Frostbite 2
EA has a surprise Gamescom announcement for RTS fans: upcoming RTS Command & Conquer Generals 2 has been repurposed as a free-to-play game powered by Frostbite 2.0. It has also dropped the 'Generals' tag, becoming Command & Conquer proper.
Keen to capitalise on the free-to-play and digital upswing, EA has transformed the previously announced title into a client-based F2P game slated for 2013. Players will take control of multiple factions, compete for resources, build up operation bases, and lead massive batteries of tanks, soldiers, and aircraft into battle. "Incredibly detailed units, fully destructible environments, dynamic physics, and exhilarating visual effects" have been promised courtesy of the Frostbite 2.0 engine.
"We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command and 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 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.”
Gamers can sign up for a chance to be among the first to try the closed beta of Command & Conquer here.
We're not entirely sure how this will slot into EA's repertoire alongside Tiberium Alliances, but we'll keep you posted.