When Electronic Arts and BioWare announced that upcoming Command & Conquer: Generals 2 was going to be a free-to-play game, many fans of the series were livid. The bad news didn’t stop there. Those fans of the series became even more livid when it was revealed that the game was now just called Command & Conquer and it was only going to feature multiplayer.
Fortunately, somebody at EA realised that this was a stupidest idea they’d had in ages, and as such it has since been revealed that upcoming free-to-play Command & Conquer will actually have a single-player campaign. Soul-crushing disappointment narrowly averted.
According to president of EA Labels Frank Gibeau, Command & Conquer is still going to be a triple-A experience, only one we get for free.
By “triple-A experience” Gibeau means that the game will make use of the Frostbite 2 engine, which is way better than the browser-based Command & Conquer offerings that have cropped up in the past.
According to Gibeau, just because Command & Conquer is going to be a free-to-play title does not mean that it’ll be the usual “schlock” (his wording) that gets labelled free-to-play:
“Does that mean it’s not going to have single-player? No, that’s something we’ve obviously heard loud and clear that is important to people. The beauty of free-to-play, is that we can adjust and adapt to what we’re hearing as opposed to, ‘I’m sorry, it’s two months from ship and it is what it is.’ It’s a very different model because you don’t have to build as much. You build in response to your audience.”
This is a step in the right direction. Still, it’s not the full-on retail offering Generals fans were hoping for, but it’s way better than it was a few weeks ago.