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Command & Conquer Generals 2 To Release As A Free-To-Play Game

Remember Command & Conquer Generals 2, the BioWare Victory-developed, Frostbite 2-powered sequel that was announced back at the VGAs last year? If you answered no, I can’t imagine you’re alone–EA hasn’t said a word since the game’s announcement.

That changed this morning as EA passed along some fresh Comand & Conquer Generals 2 news, and said news also happens to be just as surprising as the fact that BioWare is developing it–actually, more so. Okay, a lot more.

At Gamescom on Wednesday, EA announced that Command & Conquer Generals 2, as we previously knew it, has been transformed to be part of a new project simply called Command & Conquer, a free-to-play digital service that EA says gives gamers “complete access to the cutting-edge visuals, sound and destruction of a full, AAA strategy game – for free.”

“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,” EA said in a press release. “Gamers can sign up for a chance to be among the first to try the closed beta of Command & Conquer at www.CommandandConquer.com/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 aircraft 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 community feedback.”

EA says that Command & Conquer Generals 2, as it was formerly known, will be the first of several titles to be released as part of the new Command & Conquer service. We don’t know exactly when the free-to-play game is set to be released, but EA currently has it pegged for a release at some point in 2013.

More details will undoubtedly be revealed during Gamescom, so stay tuned. For now, you can check out a new trailer below.