Command & Conquer: Generals 2 Will Be Free-to-Play

Today at gamescom, EA announced Command & Conquer Generals 2 will be a free-to-play title. The new online platform and service will launch in 2013.

Jon Van Caneghem, VP/GM at EA said:

“We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command & Conquer into a premier online experience. 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.”

Could this be in response to End of Nations, or was this the plan all along?

Join the Conversation   

* required field

By submitting a comment here you grant GameFront a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate or irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin's discretion.

9 Comments on Command & Conquer: Generals 2 Will Be Free-to-Play


On August 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

God dam you Ea. Before i felt apathy towards you. Now i see why you won the worst company in America award.


On August 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

RIP Command & Conquer Series, RIP.


On August 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm


Seriously, my entire bloody week just got ruined.


On August 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’m not entirely sure what this means. Are they making it multiplayer only? Is it going to be an ‘always online’ situation like Diablo 3? There’s too many unknowns for me to pass judgement just yet.

I loved Generals and have been waiting for a sequel for a long time. I guess I’ll have to wait and see, but I can’t help but feel a little disconcerted.


On August 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

It will be multiplayer entirely, and yes there will be a constant internet connection. They are ripping those of us who like single player off.


On August 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm


To answer your questions…. yes and yes.

The single player experience from C and C is gone. There won’t be a story mode for single players where you go through campaigns.

To your second, yes, the game requires an internet connection to play, no private servers, again, precisely like Diablo III.

And yeah, if anyone doubted the death of Command and Conquer after CC4, (CC3 was average to poor but still survived), this ends it outright.


On August 17, 2012 at 2:49 am

The future of RTS should be free-to-play…just like it was FOR 20 YEARS, on your own computer and that of your friends. Online-only is bulls#!t for anything but an actual MMO. I have endless disdain for the “onlining” of every damn franchise in existence. Hello – some of us don’t even have internet that’s capable of playing real-time games! Many of us also have no interest in playing your “free” games with their P2W cash shops. EA is determined to kill PC gaming, but hopefully they’ll only kill themselves.


On August 17, 2012 at 6:20 am

This about sums it up:


On August 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thanks for clearing that up, guys. Looks like my worst fears are coming true :(

And yeah, this totally sucks. EA just needs to stop. They’ve ruined Mass Effect, Dead Space (probably), now C&C Generals. How can a company be so completely incompetent and disconnected from their consumers?!