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C&C: Generals 2 to Have e-Sports, No Single Player at Launch

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Generals 2 won't launch with a single player campaign, but the developer is open to community feedback.

A few days ago, we reported that BioWare Victory's Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will be a part of a free-to-play series of Command & Conquer games.

Despite that Generals 2 will be a full-fledged AAA free-to-play title unlike the series' first venture into the realm of microtransactions, Tiberium Alliances, the game will apparently ship without a single player campaign. Instead, Generals 2 will launch with co-op and competitive skirmishes, with other modes to be added into the game depending on player feedback.

For now, Generals 2 will launch as a purely online experience. The benefit of that, according to BioWare Victory general manager John Van Caneghem, is that "you can try things.

“You can see what the community wants, you can give it a shot, you can put it up for a weekend and see how it goes, develop towards what the fans like.”

Generals 2 will be tied to an online account—presumably an EA Origin one—for players to level up with matches. New DLC, both free and paid for, will be coming for the game to add new maps and modes with time.

BioWare also plans on adding e-Sport features to Generals 2, though Van Caneghem doesn't specify which: "I don’t think we’re making a list of the features yet," he said. "But I think you can basically make a list of the assumed ones that you’d need to be an e-sports game, and it’s definitely part of the plan."

Though a free-to-play Command & Conquer game may not be what most hardcore fans envisioned for the series, the fact that it's running on the Frostbite 2 engine and will be supporting e-Sport features does sweeten the deal.

 

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    edogawa , August 22, 2012 2:51 AM
    master_chenLike anyone ever really played Generals...


    Are you kidding, Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour was the last good Command and Conquer game and it was fantastic! I played the hell out of that game, and so did a ton of people, I used to play at 2 in the morning and there were tons of games going still.

    I'm a huge Command and Conquer fan, played them all thousands of hours, and still do on occasion. It really pisses me off how EA has gone down hill, they ruined Command and Command and conquer; everything after Zero Hour is rubbish.

    Rest In Peace Westwood.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 3:00 AM
    Yet another bastard child of EA games. They killed westwood and now they are desicrating the great name that Westwood made. Look at C&C Renegade its still going great and they don't want to patch some issues for it.

    EA go to hell and don't touch C&C, or at least get some original devs to do it.
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    James296 , August 22, 2012 4:06 AM
    master_chenMuch false advertisement and overhyping that didn't live up to expectations, stupid realistic setting (C&C was always about Time Traveling, Chrono Sphere, Tanya, Wolf's Pack, KANE, Tesla Coils, Mammoth, Tiberium, Harvesters, Comrade Stalin, Spies, Dogs, FUN. NOT about friggin' Osama, NATO, Red Dragon, not about Oil and modern pop culture references), ugly graphics and wood-like animation, terrible voice-overs, lamest scenario and campaign in the entire series, boring gameplay, poor overall design.Maybe some people really did play it, maybe some of them even liked it to the extent where they became fans of Generals...but definitely not in the MOTHER RUSSIA, comrade. In here everyone totally loathe this piece of...I'd better re-play Red Alert 3 campaign again, than play Generals 2.


    you call generals a piece of s*** but your going to replay red alert 3.... WTF, red alert 3 is more of POS then generals

    Anyway I was looking forward to Generals 2 but yet another in the, growing, line of C&C I will not be buying :( 
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    edogawa , August 22, 2012 2:51 AM
    master_chenLike anyone ever really played Generals...


    Are you kidding, Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour was the last good Command and Conquer game and it was fantastic! I played the hell out of that game, and so did a ton of people, I used to play at 2 in the morning and there were tons of games going still.

    I'm a huge Command and Conquer fan, played them all thousands of hours, and still do on occasion. It really pisses me off how EA has gone down hill, they ruined Command and Command and conquer; everything after Zero Hour is rubbish.

    Rest In Peace Westwood.
  • 6 Hide
    edogawa , August 22, 2012 2:56 AM
    Oh yeah, for all you other CnC fans, let there be nostalgia!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq8PTCxuzTA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqlb0p11RcE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZTHFRadJwI
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    tomfreak , August 22, 2012 2:58 AM
    If this is the promotional or Advertising FULL game for people to jump into their Origin platform like what valve did on Team fortress 2 + Dota 2, then they are going on the right direction.
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 3:00 AM
    Yet another bastard child of EA games. They killed westwood and now they are desicrating the great name that Westwood made. Look at C&C Renegade its still going great and they don't want to patch some issues for it.

    EA go to hell and don't touch C&C, or at least get some original devs to do it.
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    edogawa , August 22, 2012 3:13 AM
    master_chen- Remember when Generals were good?- Generals was never good!


    I'd like you to explain why it was never good then?

    How about instead of calling something terrible explain why?

    Although I guess it won't matter we all carry different opinions.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 3:27 AM
    Liar! EA is a LIAR!
    Battlfield 3 he said the same about E-sports, he promised it, and guess what?
    there's no e-sports by EA. We doing it by community.
    EA just the greediest company ever.
  • 3 Hide
    crysex , August 22, 2012 3:44 AM
    Everything EA touches is piss of shyt!
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    infiniteimp , August 22, 2012 3:48 AM
    A C&C game without a single-player campaign!? Guess there's another C&C title I won't be buying.

    The franchise lost me right about the time they released that C&C/RA game with the cartoony talking tanks. I don't even remember which one that was but it wasn't playable. C&C4 was just a waste... graphics about 10 years out of date. With the Frostbite 2 engine, there's real hope, but without a single player mode, I'm not interested. I want to play at my own pace when I have spare time - not interested in competitive play.
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    edogawa , August 22, 2012 4:01 AM
    master_chenMuch false advertisement and overhyping that didn't live up to expectations, stupid realistic setting (C&C was always about Time Traveling, Chrono Sphere, Tanya, Wolf's Pack, KANE, Tesla Coils, Mammoth, Tiberium, Harvesters, Comrade Stalin, Spies, Dogs, FUN. NOT about friggin' Osama, NATO, Red Dragon, not about Oil and modern pop culture references), ugly graphics and wood-like animation, terrible voice-overs, lamest scenario and campaign in the entire series, boring gameplay, poor overall design.Maybe some people really did play it, maybe some of them even liked it to the extent where they became fans of Generals...but definitely not in the MOTHER RUSSIA, comrade. In here everyone totally loathe this piece of...I'd better re-play Red Alert 3 campaign again, than play Generals 2.



    What over-hyping and false advertisement? The game was what I expected it to be, it may not have followed the story line of the previous Command and Conquer themed universe, but for what it was, it's a damn fun game.

    "ugly graphics and wood-like animation, terrible voice-overs, lamest scenario and campaign in the entire series,"

    And all the previous games also shared these same traits.

    *The cut-scenes were cheesy, but awesome at the same time.
    * The unit voices were all awesome in Zero Hour, what are you smoking.
    * Campaigns and challenges were fun, but multiplayer was were it was at.
    * The graphics for the previous games were nothing to write home about either, but it was never about graphics in any of these games.
    *The themes for everything before Zero Hour was brilliant from visuals to audio to story. Zero Hour was something new and different, it's refreshing.
    * Poor overall design? Hm, 3 different campaigns with a ton of unique levels, a challenge mode, multiplayer, LAN, a world builder, unique art and design, lots of awesome mods, balanced armies, no useless units, amazing sound track and voices, etc.

    I could probably say more, but EA did a good job with that game, it was just fun and not about super high tech graphics, money, business politics, and all that stuff.
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    James296 , August 22, 2012 4:06 AM
    master_chenMuch false advertisement and overhyping that didn't live up to expectations, stupid realistic setting (C&C was always about Time Traveling, Chrono Sphere, Tanya, Wolf's Pack, KANE, Tesla Coils, Mammoth, Tiberium, Harvesters, Comrade Stalin, Spies, Dogs, FUN. NOT about friggin' Osama, NATO, Red Dragon, not about Oil and modern pop culture references), ugly graphics and wood-like animation, terrible voice-overs, lamest scenario and campaign in the entire series, boring gameplay, poor overall design.Maybe some people really did play it, maybe some of them even liked it to the extent where they became fans of Generals...but definitely not in the MOTHER RUSSIA, comrade. In here everyone totally loathe this piece of...I'd better re-play Red Alert 3 campaign again, than play Generals 2.


    you call generals a piece of s*** but your going to replay red alert 3.... WTF, red alert 3 is more of POS then generals

    Anyway I was looking forward to Generals 2 but yet another in the, growing, line of C&C I will not be buying :( 
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    dormantreign , August 22, 2012 4:13 AM
    EA....Origin.....I'll stay away thanks.
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    mrkay , August 22, 2012 4:30 AM
    I might be able to deal with no campaign, but at least give me single player skirmishes.
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    jordan009 , August 22, 2012 4:41 AM
    http://www.change.org/petitions/ea-electronic-arts-bring-back-generals2-stop-the-future-free2play-model-of-the-c-c-franchise


    Everyone please sign this petition to try to force EA to add in Single Player and not make it F2P :) 
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    kcorp2003 , August 22, 2012 4:55 AM
    jordan009http://www.change.org/petitions/ea [...] -franchiseEveryone please sign this petition to try to force EA to add in Single Player and not make it F2P


    this will never work. didn't work for MW2. But who knows i'll sign. mainly for not making it F2P. I don't want Single player, i want them to polish the multiplayer.
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    Kami3k , August 22, 2012 4:59 AM
    Forget about this game people, it's been butchered by EA.

    Look at End of Nations, a F2P RTS made by the people who made the first generals.
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    SmaugTD , August 22, 2012 4:59 AM
    Generals has an awesome modding community what made it good.
    Try Shockwave, adds 3 new generals and overhauls entire game with piles of units modeled better than in the original but creative and in the general art stile.
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