Gamescom 2012: Command and Conquer Generals 2 goes free-to-play

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Generals 2

Ha! Gavin owes me R20 now, as I just won a bet about which game would be the next to go free-to-play. Yep, I’ll be spending that money on a box of Lipton teabags, much to his chagrin, as EA has announced that their upcoming strategy title will be a freemium title.

The retooled Bioware project has been overhauled and redesigned since it last appeared, and will serve as a launch title for a new online strategy platform that will arrive sometime in 2013.

While Bioware may be calling the shots, it appears that developer Victory Games is still going to be at the helm, designing it. Here’s what EA had to say, officially:

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 long-time 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 www.CommandandConquer.com/free.

“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.

If the move to freemium hasn’t put you off, you can skip waiting until 2013, and sign up now for the beta, if you want.

Last Updated: August 16, 2012

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