I'm a pretty big Command and Conquer fan. Or I was, until the last couple of games hit the PC. They'd devolved into something that was just plain...awful, and I wept manly tears of frustration at this. But with an upcoming F2P title on the horizon, we might finally get the old CnC back.
Hey, remember good ol’ Command and Conquer? And by good ol’ I mean all the games up to the Kane’s Wrath expansion for Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Those titles following on after those magnificent masterpieces can go jump off a cliff. The franchise has been largely under the radar since EA announced that it would be returning as a free to play title. It’s out later this year, and it’ll be set in the Generals universe from that franchise…amongst others.
Good news everyone! While the news that Command and Conquer: Generals 2 shifting to a free to play model hasn’t exactly been met with arms wide open, as fans have lamented over the fact that this latest entry into the franchise would be solely online, multiplayer only. Except that some single-player campaign action might be around the corner. Eventually that is.
Ha! Gavin owes me R20 now, as I just won a bet about which game would be the next to go free-to-play. Yep, I’ll be spending that money on a box of Lipton teabags, much to his chagrin, as EA has announced that their upcoming strategy title will be a freemium title.
We showed you, not too long ago, a shot of Bioware’s new game - something that looks very modern combatty. Similarly, we told you that EA - the publisher that owns Bioware - was bringing Command and Conquer back.
Could they be one and the same game?
Major Nelson announced on his blog last night that the Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 Demo has gone live on Xbox Live. So what does the demo hold in store? It's strictly a SP demo which is unfortunate, but does feature the game's cinematic opening (oh I'm so excited), 1 campaign mission from both the Soviet and Allied campaigns and an interactive tutorial. So in total and in simple terms - a tutorial and 2 levels.
The full game features 3 full campaigns playable in solo or co-op online, a skirmish mode against 9 formidable commanders and multiplayer over Xbox LIVE. So you may want to skip the 1.5G demo and consider saving the money spent on cap so that you can spend it on the full game instead.
source: Major Nelson
Nick de Bruyne