EA - Bioware To Release Command & Conquer Generals 2 In 2013. [Trailer Inside]
During the Video Game Awards 2011, Electronic Arts announced that its label Bioware would be resurrecting a branch of the Command & Conquer franchise many fans had given up for dead. Bioware Victory would develop the sequel to Command & Conquer Generals as PC exclusive (It seems finally the developers have realized that RTS will just never work on consoles).
Original Generals came out in 2003 and has no connection to either the Tiberian (original C&C) or Red Alert series, instead focusing on the near-future's superpowers grappling with a well-organized terrorist organization. This game is very different than the previous C&C games in that it uses worker/builder mechanic (that was absent in previous games) and uses a bottom bar (like in Age of Empires series) instead of the sidebar featured in previous C&C games.
Generals 2 is promised to deliver "cutting-edge visuals, sound, and destruction that will bring a new level of fidelity to strategy games." and uses the infamous (Mod hating) Frostbite 2 engine. The release date is sometime in 2013.
For the last eight years, Command & Conquer fans have been begging for a return to the Generals universe, said Jon Van Caneghem, Executive Producer of Command & Conquer Generals 2. With Generals 2, we are bringing the Command & Conquer franchise back to its roots, blending strategic gameplay with fast-paced action -- all set in visually stunning theaters of war powered by Frostbite 2. Frostbite 2 means no mods, no custom maps (Gamers has to rely on EA for additional maps), no community made patches. This shouldn't be a problem as EA/Bioware has announced that they will be releasing an array of downloadable content "From maps and units to factions, campaigns, and more".
The story of Command & Conquer Generals 2 puts users in the scenario of terrorist attacks that disrupt a world peace treaty, kill all leading politicians and put the globe's military powers in control. The player assumes military control to defeat terrorism. EA said that gamers will direct "three unique factions in a thrilling single-player campaign, and with friends online in cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes." The game will feature European Union (No USA this time), GLA a terrorist organization and an unannounced third faction.
From Official Announcement
In the near future, world leaders are mere seconds from signing a global treaty and bringing an end to war as we know it when a devastating terrorist attack rips through the peace conference, killing all in attendance. In a world left with no politicians, diplomats, or activists, only the Generals remain. Its up to you to assume their roles, command of their forces, and put an end to global terrorism once and for all.
All-out War Take control of three unique factions, competing for resources, building up your base of operation, and leading massive batteries of tanks, soldiers, and aircraft into battle.
Uncanny Sense of Realism Frostbite 2 technology allows for visceral, visually stunning conflict at an epic scale. Incredibly detailed units and environments, dynamic physics, and exhilarating visual effects bring the battle to life in ways never before seen. This is the closest thing to real war without the consequences.
New Ways to Dominate or Ally with your Friends Go beyond classic deathmatch with a selection of new multiplayer game modes, designed with both cooperative and competitive play in mind.
Thrilling Campaign Command the war on terror in an electrifying single-player campaign. Experience the dramatic story from multiple perspectivesfrom heroic General to crazed terroristwhile engaging the enemy in pulse-pounding tactical combat.
Ever-evolving Experience Enhance your game with an expanding array of downloadable content. From maps and units to factions, campaigns, and more, the fight against terrorism is deeper than ever.
The original Command & Conquer game was released in 1995. More than 30 million copies of the series have been sold since then.