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

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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