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Command & Conquer: Generals 2 to be free to play

Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will be a free to player, multiplayer only at launch.

Electronic Arts has announced that its forthcoming title Command & Conquer: Generals 2 is going to be multiplayer only and free to play, as part of a new online series under the Command & Conquer banner.

General manager of developers BioWare Victory, John Van Caneghem, revealed the information in an interview with the magazine PC Gamer, adding instead of a single player mode, the real-time strategy game will feature "co-operative and competitive" skirmishes.

The developers will, however, add new modes at a later date based upon feedback from the community, which could even involve a story mode.

Van Caneghem continued that he wants Generals 2 to be a return to the roots of what made the Command & Conquer series popular. This means being able to construct bases, harvest resources, "build a zillion units" and "go out and kill all the bad guys". Despite it harking back to the first games in the franchise, it will be a dedicated online title when it is first released.

"As a live service I think the exciting part is you can try things," Van Caneghem told PC Gamer. "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."

It will become the first title in a Command & Conquer series that will expand to its other games, such as Red Alert and Tiberium, among others.

New modes and downloadable content (DLC) will be added as time goes on, some requiring payment and others being free.

There may even be e-sports features to bring a more competitive element to Generals 2. This could mean the inclusion of a spectator mode featuring a free camera mode, as well as tournament support within the game. ADNFCR-1220-ID-801434182-ADNFCR