C&C: Generals 2 Won’t Have A Single Player Mode

In the future, when business historians look back on Electronic Arts’ behavior over the last decade, some of them are probably going to reach the conclusion that the company absolutely hates PC gaming and would prefer to kill it.

Take their upcoming destruction of the SimCity series. Perhaps the biggest problem with the new SimCity is that it won’t have a single player version, which is kind of like releasing a GTA game without the ability to jack cars. You must, whether you want to or not, play with several friends, and you must be online at all times, which not only prevents you from playing at your own pace, but also makes modding impossible. And it looks like they’ve decided to ruin another venerable PC series, as news has emerged, courtesy of PC Gamer, that the upcoming Command and Conquer: Generals 2, is going to launch without a single player element of any kind.

John Van Caneghem of BioWare Victory* revealed this disturbing news to PC Gamer last week. The upcoming sequel to Generals will launch without a single player element, and instead will be centered around “co-operative and competitive” battles. While he wouldn’t officially rule out a single player campaign at some point, it seems highly unlikely. For one thing, they clearly aren’t even pretending to be interested in developing one. Caneghem said there might be one, but “it is something we haven’t announced yet how we’re going to do it.” Tellingly, Generals 2 will be a F2P mmo; after the growing SWTOR debacle, it’s impossible to believe EA will be willing to shell out development funding under that framework.

What makes this whole thing hilarious is that BioWare Victory’s official line is that they’re staying true to the series’ roots. “{we} really want to get back to the roots of what made Command & Conquer great”, he said, practically begging me to ask “So why are you making a dumbed down F2P game?”. Because EA, that’s why. Generals 2 will have e-sports features, indicating significant multiplayer will be the primary focus. But you can at least take heart that it’s being powered by Frostbite. So you know it’s probably too complicated for the puny brains of PC gamers, hence the lack of anything related to the actual history of the series.

Honestly, at this point I’m beginning to wonder why EA owns so many PC properties. They clearly have no interest in delivering an experience fans of those games expect.

* This is the first step to EA dilluting the BioWare name. BioWare victory is not nor has it ever been really a part of the Mass Effect studio. It’s simply an EA subsidiary given the BioWare name to class it up.

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13 Comments on C&C: Generals 2 Won’t Have A Single Player Mode

goose2989

On August 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

And just like that, my excitement for a new C&C is completely gone. I have bought every C&C title since the original (except the last one, which stinks) and only played it for single player and skirmish. Thanks EA, you not only ruined Bioware’s good name, but now the entire C&C franchise.

J

On August 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Not at all surprising. EA is all about the buck with no bang.

As a long time gamer I’m really saddened by the state of most games released these days, the thing is it’s getting to the point where I’m starting not to care anymore.

Recently it was about time I upgraded my graphics card when I thought. Why bother? Virtually all the games I enjoy are older and run fine even on older hardware.

EA can continue to run each of their reputable IPs into the ground, frankly once you can admit it to oneself, all their long time great IPs have fallen from grace long ago with almost no exceptions and a couple of new ones.

Go EA! Please keep it up, hopefully people come to their senses and EA along with their tactics will be a thing of the past or gaming will continue down a path of screwing great games and customers alike.

JJ

On August 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

@goose2989 Chances are most C&C fans stopped caring once they said it was going to be free-to-play, you just can’t have the C&C experience like that. All they’re doing now is putting the nail in the coffin.

EA has officially turned C&C into C$C.

Kevin

On August 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

J,

I’m in the same boat you are. I have a DX10 card. I see no reason to go up to a DX11 one. Most games are lazy ports, and otherwise they suck. very few games impress, and quite honestly, the games look good enough now (especially with mods) that I can’t justify upgrading.

Skyrim and Witcher 2 are the only games of the past few years that were actually worth it.

Eddie

On August 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

And mark off yet another game francise that EA has now ruined

madox

On August 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

i’ve been waiting for ages for c&c generals 2…. but without single player i gez am done with the series… i’ll stick to world of tanks i gez… gbye c&c generals :(

Patches

On August 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

No singleplayer, no purchase… Period…

Patches

On August 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

No singleplayer, no purchase… Period!…

Medaforce

On August 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

OMG EA ruined my Favorite Game :( . So Sad…………..

JawaEsteban

On August 22, 2012 at 12:22 am

Yeah, I’m with J and Kevin on this one. Remember back when you had to do a system upgrade every couple years to be able to play the new cool stuff at a solid framerate with graphics at the top end of the sliders?
The last upgrade I did was for Crysis. The first one. Haven’t needed to do a damn thing since, and that’s really all that needs to be said about the pathetic quality of games today.

And EA needs to die in a fire.

Zach

On August 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

EA still can’t understand why people hate them . . . . really?

I’m not even a Real time Strategy kind of guy {the last RTS I played was probably Warcraft II} and this smells like a bad idea even to me. I can not even imagine how fans of this series or RTS in general must feel about this sad state of affairs.

Red Menace

On August 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Or my money.

Ross Lincoln

On August 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

+100