Command & Conquer Generals 2 Transformed Into A Triple-A Free-to-Play

Another day, another storied video game franchise going free-to-play. This time, it's Command & Conquer, with the revered real-time strategy getting an all-new iteration powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 engine.

Well, all new to a point. This is actually the Command & Conquer: Generals 2 that was announced last December as BioWare's next big project, repurposed and retooled to serve as the free-to-play launch title for a new online strategy platform in 2013. The game is still being developed by EA's Victory Games under the BioWare label.

Here's the official word from EA:

With a familiar blend of cerebral, strategic gameplay and fun, fast-paced action, Command & Conquer will deliver an authentic and modern RTS experience that will instantly exhilarate longtime fans and captivate new players. Gamers can sign up for a chance to be among the first to try the closed beta of Command & Conquer at

"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.

Fans of the franchise might not have to wait until next year to play -- beta signups are going on right now.

Edit -- This post and its headline were adjusted after publishing for clarification and focus.


    and with one fell blow EA just annihilated command and conquer.

    There has been tons of negative feedback on the forums and the trailer on youtube has now recieved more dislikes than likes.

    Everyone wanted Generals 2 like they promised and instead they bring in a pay to win title. Sad.

    Errrmerrgerd fer ter perr.... This is what could of saved the CnC series after the rapage that followed Tiberium Sun and Red Alert.

    Free to play games are played then forgot about after a week. There are exceptions but this will not be one of them.

      frostbite 2 power rts forgotten in a week,you're dreaming.

        A good engine doesn't mean a game cant be crap. Good developers can make great games on any engine, EA can make shit games on an excellent engine.

    "BioWare’s next big project" - this has nothing to do with Bioware Edmonton (or Austin, or Montreal, for that matter), except that EA Victory happened to be moved under the larger Bioware division label. It's cynical enough that they're calling it a Bioware game (with all that it implies), but it'd be nice if industry journalists didn't keep the misconception going.

    This news is sorta surprising, although I guess we hadn't heard much of the game since it was announced. Interesting that they're trying something new, although I wonder how attractive it will seem to die-hard fans of the series or RTS games in general, given the need to make it also marketable to a huge audience that aren't paying anything.

      Yay someone other then me know this is not really bioware making this game
      On topic : as long as it's not P2W I'll be happy

    The time has come my children, for us to rise up and destroy EA.

    Erch, glad I played the original titles when they were new, I just dont, nigh, Refuse to be a part of this type of business model. Now I'm pushing 30 with the snes and early pc days behind me and a 2 month old son, maybe I won't miss the medium that's been an amazing part of my life up until this point.

    As a huge fan of Generals (played over 400 games online), i'm not sure what to honestly think of this.

    At first i like f2p games because they But now im just sick of them all. i would rather just buy the whole game upfront instead of paying for XP/GOLD boost so i dont have to grind four hours to get the next level and get new units.

    Not nearly as excited about getting my hands on this now... have a bad feeling this will ruin the game. I hope I'm wrong.

    People wonder why gamers are becoming more cynical. EA are a plague. We should have seen this coming when they announced the game would be made more 'RPG-like'. Oh well, I no longer play their games.

      Yeah, really suck when they want to give gamers a free game. Shame on them.

        Do you honestly think it will really be free in the long term... imo, it's just a con like the supposed 'unlimited' data plans.

        Usually when they make a game "free" it ends up costing more in micro transactions if you buy all the content that would have been in the original game.

        This is EA, the company that lets you pay to buy every unlock in BF3. It wouldn't surprise me if they sell premium units that give you an advantage.

          How is paying to unlock stuff that you can also get without paying giving you an unfair advantage?

    well that just killed the C&C franchise for me thanks so much.

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