On Monday, EA announced that Command & Conquer, which was revealed some months back to be a free-to-play title, will be going into beta within the first half of next year.
Over on the Command & Conquerblog, global community manager EA_CIRE said that the game’s beta won’t be a short one either. In fact, the Command & Conquer beta will be the “longest running beta phase in franchise history.”
Although the developer didn’t have any new information to share beyond news of an upcoming beta, EA_CIRE went on to say that more information is coming–when Victory has more to show.
“Now, we know you have a lot more questions about the new Command & Conquer and you may be wondering why we are so silent about it. We’ve decided to actually let the game speak for itself, instead of starting the typical marketing noise you normally would expect,” community manager EA_CIRE wrote. “
That being said, it might be a few more months before we reveal more information – we don’t just want to tell you about the game, we want to show you.”
Command & Conquer, as it’s known now, started off as a sequel to Command & Conquer Generals. After a period of silence following the announcement, it was revealed that it would no longer be a sequel to Generals, but rather the first of apparently several free-to-play offerings.
Not long after that news, EA said that Command & Conquer would not feature any sort of singleplayer at launch, which garnered a fair amount of criticism from fans of the series. Fortunately for those fans, some relatively good news followed
Speaking to The Verge in response to concerns, EA Labels President Frank Gibeau suggested that Command & Conquer would, in fact, have singleplayer.
“Our intention with Command & Conquer is to create a triple-A experience…Does that mean it’s not going to have single-player? No, that’s something we’ve obviously heard loud and clear that is important to people,” Gibeau told the site back in September.