It looks like End of Nations is getting some unexpected competition. Electronic Arts just announced that Command and Conquer is now a free-to-play franchise and online platform, with the first offering (previously announced as Command and Conquer: Generals 2 by BioWare) scheduled for release on 2013.
Jon Van Caneghem, VP and general manager at EA said “We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command and 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 and 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.”
Command & Conquer will be free-to-play for PC, requiring a client download. The beta sign ups are open at http://www.commandandconquer.com/free/.