command and conquer

Let's Reboot... Command And Conquer

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“Let’s Reboot” takes a look back at a classic in need of a new outing or a beloved series gone stale and asks how it might be best redesigned or given a kick up the backside for today’s gaming audience. The Rules: Assume a free hand, and a decent budget, but realistic technology and expectations. This week’s sacred cow – an attempt to make a revamped classic RTS, with a Nod or two to the old.

There was a time when Command and Conquer essentially was PC strategy - earlier games like Dune 2 and Herzog Zwei simply swept away in the face of the words "C&C clone". Now, it's at best a dusty franchise, with reinvention on the way in the form of a massive free-to-play online version, but the regular single-player side of things comprehensively killed by the abysmal Tiberian Twilight. Could there still be scope to bring back the story-driven core of the franchise though? Maybe so! Let's reboot...

Command & Conquer beta coming early 2013, will be "longest running in franchise history"

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EA's new Command & Conquer - and BioWare Victory's first - will shift into a beta gear in the first half of next year, according to a blog post on the official website. Not only that, but it will be the "longest running beta phase in franchise history", presumably because it's so different from the other games. Originally billed as a sequel to Generals, the now subtitle-less Command & Conquer will be a free-to-play entity, first without, and then with, a single-player mode.

C&C: Generals 2 to have e-sports features, no single player campaign on launch

Tom Senior at

EA recently announced that Command & Conquer: Generals 2 is going to be free to play under the umbrella of an online series known simply as "Command & Conquer." Bioware Victory general manager John Van Caneghem told me last week that Generals 2 will ship without a single player mode. Instead, "co-operative and competitive" skirmishes will serve as the core, with more modes to be added later based on community feedback. A story mode could be added later, but "it is something we haven’t announced yet how we’re going to do it."

Van Caneghem said that the studio "really want to get back to the roots of what made Command & Conquer great." Generals 2 will let us harvest and throw up bases in order to "build a zillion units" and "go out and kill all the bad guys." Despite the familiar RTS trappings, Generals 2 will be a dedicated online experience at launch.

Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will be free to play as part of online C&C series

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There's already one free-to-play Command and Conquer game - Tiberium Alliances. This isn't that. At Gamescom, EA announced that Command & Conquer: Generals 2 has been "transformed" to become a part of a series of free, online Command & Conquer games that will revisit the Tiberium and Red Alert universes. Generals 2 will be the first in the line and is due next year, but closed beta sign-up begins today if you want a chance to see it early. At the moment, that address isn't working, but it's the right one. There's a new Generals 2 trailer too, which you'll find below.