EA Announces Command & Conquer a New Free-to-Play Destination Powered by Frostbite 2
Command & Conquer Generals 2 Transforms into a New Digital Platform
for the Legendary Strategy Franchise
Generals Universe to be the First of Many Free Offerings; Closed Beta
Signups Begin Today
COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Today at gamescom, the world's largest trade fair and event for
interactive games and entertainment, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA)
took a bold step to spearhead the industry's digital revolution and
announced Command & Conquer™. The previously announced Command
& Conquer Generals 2 has been transformed to be a part of this
new digital experience, giving gamers complete access to the
cutting-edge visuals, sound and destruction of a full, AAA strategy game
— 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 storied franchise EA is planning to launch with Command
With a familiar blend of cerebral, strategic gameplay and fun,
fast-paced action, Command & Conquer will deliver an
authentic and modern RTS experience that will instantly exhilarate
longtime fans and captivate new players. Gamers can sign up for a chance
to be among the first to try the closed beta of 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."
An all-out war rages in Command & Conquer, as players take
control of multiple factions, compete for resources, build up operation
bases and lead massive batteries of tanks, soldiers and aircrafts into
battle. With incredibly detailed units, fully destructible environments,
dynamic physics and exhilarating visual effects, Command & Conquer
is poised to re-define what gamers expect from a strategy game.
Heralding feedback driven design, Command & Conquer will
evolve and develop with an expanding array of new content based on
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 www.CommandandConquer.com/free.
Follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OfficialCnC
or "Like" Command & Conquer on Facebook® at http://facebook.com/commandandconquer.
Press assets are available at www.info.ea.com.
About Command & Conquer
The groundbreaking Command & Conquer franchise was one of the first to
introduce players to the modern RTS genre, has spawned over a dozen PC
titles, and ranks in the top 5 best-selling real-time strategy
franchises of all-time according to the NPD Group. Command & Conquer 3
Tiberium Wars was the number #1 selling PC RTS of 2007 and won numerous
awards, including the "Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year" award from
the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Command &
Conquer Red Alert™ 2 and Command & Conquer Generals were the number one
best-selling* PC RTS titles in 2000 and 2003 respectively. Command &
Conquer Red Alert 3 won the 2008 "Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year"
award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Collectively,
the series has sold more than 30 million units worldwide to date.
Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances, recent entry in EA's Play4Free
portfolio of games, is a massively multiplayer online (MMO),
browser-based, free-to-play strategy game that recently surpassed one
million players since launching in May 2012. The franchise boasts one of
the largest and most active fan communities in the world. For more
information on Command & Conquer series, please visit www.commandandconquer.com.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services
for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones,
tablets and social networks. EA has more than 220 million registered
players and operates in 75 countries.
In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a
portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such
as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and
Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at http://info.ea.com.
Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer Red Alert, The Sims and Need for
Speed are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Mass Effect is a trademark
of EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd. Battlefield is a
trademark of EA Digital Illusions CE AB. John Madden, NFL and FIFA are
the property of their respective owners and used with permission.
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registered trademark of Twitter, Inc. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.
Electronic Arts Inc.
Alana Logan, 512-287-7732
PR Manager, EA
Director of PR, EA
Source: Electronic Arts Inc.
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