c&c(1) EA unveils free to play Command & Conquer online game

Electronic Arts has unveiled a free-to-play Command & Conquer online game at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

Electronic Arts has unveiled a free-to-play Command & Conquer online game at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

 
The game takes the best of the popular strategy series and offers it for free, barring some restrictions, and will be regularly expanded with free updates. EA has not revealed what content will need to be purchased or if all content can potentially be unlocked via gameplay, but we expect that some maps, units and technologies will need to be bought piece-meal.
 
A previously announced title, Command & Conquer Generals 2, is being converted into part of the new Command & Conquer online game, which may excite players who want to get a taste of the action for little or nothing, but may upset those who were awaiting the Generals sequel.
 
 
The game is built on the Frostbite 2 engine and touts detailed units, fully destructible environments, dynamic physics and high-quality visual effects, along with the traditional real-time strategy gameplay we have come to expect from Command & Conquer games.
 
“We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command & Conquer into a premier online experience,” said Jon Van Caneghem, VP and 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.”
 
Command & Conquer will launch in 2013 for PC. Players can sign up for a chance to win beta access at the official website.