Today at Gamescom, EA announced that Command & Conquer is going to free-to-play as a platform where gamers can play a variety of C&C games, gratis.
EA is basically giving gamers full access to previously announced strategy game Command & Conquer Generals 2 for free. The new online platform and service will launch in 2013, with the Generals universe representing the first of many free offerings within the franchise EA is planning to launch with Command & Conquer.
"We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command & Conquer into a premier online experience," said Jon Van Caneghem, VP/GM at EA. "For nearly two decades, this franchise has existed as something you buy; now we are creating a destination where our fans will be able to access the entire Command & Conquer universe, starting with Generals and continuing with Red Alert, Tiberium and beyond. With Frostbite 2, we are able to keep an emphasis on the AAA quality our consumers expect while staying true to the RTS gameplay they know and love — all available online for free."
Command & Conquer will be available as a free, client-based game for the PC in 2013. For more information on and to register for a chance to be selected for closed beta access, please visit Command & Conquer's official site.