Today at gamescom, we announced a bold move for EA and especially for the C&C franchise. I donít want to go into the typical marketing mode here with you guys. Instead, I want to talk to you as an honest C&C fan.
If you havenít seen it already, WATCH THE TRAILER! Pretty awesome and yes, thatís how the games looks on max settings right now. But you probably have a billion questions, so instead of simply linking you to the FAQ (oh, I just did), I will answer some questions right here.
There is a reason why this looks like Generals 2. Content weíve built for Generals 2 isnít going into the trash Ė It is marking the initial content for this new Free Command & Conquer game. The way you play wonít change Ė Start a fully feature loaded desktop client, choose a game mode, play with friends, build bases, gather resources and command massive armies Ė Just like you are used to from the original Generals. The major difference between Generals 2 and this newly announce Command & Conquer is the amount you have to pay.
You donít have to pay 60 dollars upfront for a game that you havenít played before. You can start for free and play for free. Everything is packed into the Frostbite 2 engine, which delivers a never before seen level of visual awesomeness for the C&C franchise. If you like the game, there will be possibilities to support its development with cool customization options that will give you the power to differentiate your army from everybody else on the battlefield.
I know this is something else Ė Something many of you didnít expect and most of you probably will instantly counter with ďRIP C&CĒ or ďPIEP CENCORED PIEPĒ. My immediate first thought after hearing this the first time was similar. But after thinking a bit more about it, I realized that this is how games will change in the near future Ė This is a chance to bring the franchise to players that were always afraid of spending 60 dollars upfront as they didnít know if they would enjoy an RTS. A chance to create a supported platform for Command & Conquer that will be influenced by how you guys are playing it and what youíre asking for. It is also planed to revisit the Red Alert and Tiberium universe in the future.
This post became much longer than I wanted to, but I care about C&C as much as you do. And thatís what I want to bring across here Ė It is different, but not from the inside as the core C&C gameplay is there Ė It is different from the outside which we can use for our advantage, creating a fresh new start for the franchise to new audiences as well.
In full honesty