Command & Conquer has been transformed into a free-to-play franchise, EA announced during gamescom, and Command & Conquer Generals 2 will be the first title launched under the new incentive.
The new online platform and service will launch in 2013, with the Generals universe representing “the first of many free offerings” within the franchise.
“We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command and Conquer into a premier online experience,” said Jon Van Caneghem, VP and general manager 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 and 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.”
You can sign up for the closed beta of Command & Conquer here.
Command & Conquer will be available as a free, client-based game for the PC in 2013.
The latest trailer is below.