A strange turn of events as Bioware’s upcoming Command & Conquer reinvention will be free-to-play at launch. EA Games has released a press release today announcing that the upcoming real-time strategy title will be transformed into “a premier online experience.” The game, completely free when released digitally for Windows PC next year, will be offering a number of aesthetic options to purchase, along with unannounced downloadable content.
“We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command and 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 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.”