Command & Conquer goes free-to-play

Tiberium Alliances to bring real-time strategy series into the world of MMOGs with new installment for browsers and mobile devices; closed beta starts tomorrow.

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Electronic Arts is bringing another of its signature franchises into the world of free-to-play games. The publisher today announced Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, a new massively multiplayer online strategy game in EA's real-time strategy series.

So will Tiberium be the in-game currency?

As the name suggests, choosing whom to trust and when will play an important role in Tiberium Alliances, as players will be pitted against one another, as well as mutant enemy forces. EA is promising "a completely interactive and dynamic gameplay experience," with in-game social and news feeds updated in real time. The game will run in Web browsers and on mobile devices, with support for cross-platform play. A closed beta begins tomorrow, and players can apply for the program on the official Tiberium Alliances website.

Handling Command & Conquer's transition to free-to-play will be EA's Frankfurt, Germany-based studio Phenomic. Acquired in 2006 in the wake of its SpellForce games, Phenomic has previously made EA efforts like BattleForge and Lord of Ultima.

Ultima and Command & Conquer aren't the only EA franchises converted to the company's Play4Free label. The publisher's list of free-to-play adaptations includes Need for Speed World, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, a pair of Battlefield free-to-play shooters (Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield Play4Free), and EA Sports titles like Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online and FIFA Superstars.

Tiberium Alliances is the second new Command & Conquer title revealed this week. On Saturday, EA announced Command & Conquer: Generals 2 for the PC, the first game from the publisher's new BioWare Victory studio, which was established earlier this year to focus on the long-running strategy series.

Discussion

85 comments
game_gt3
game_gt3

it hurts so bad now that i see that ea is making another p4f game. whis transtates that its pay2win. i cant stand what ea is doing to great franchises and how its making them crappy. they are ruining everything. i prefer to play a new game with a new name instead of a new crappy game with a c&c title.

stabby_mcgee
stabby_mcgee

A browser based C&C Tiberian game without Kane. Why not just dig up the putrid decay corpse of Westwood Studio, chop it up into a million pieces, and try to sell that to us.

rpvarela
rpvarela

"a completely interactive and dynamic gameplay experience" Oh the number of times I've seen or heard that...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Ok, I hade enoug, could please companies stop turning hardcore stuff into MEDIOCRE MMSOCIALCASUAL GARBAGE THAT NOBODY WANTS? Begining to get tired of you EA, really.

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

free to play with NOTHING FOR FREE there , another lies

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

@simon1812 Yeah, power plants kept your base running but building more then one factory ect deffo sped up your production, could only choose one primary building though. Ahh memories - I remember playing system link on PSone with friends on Red alert, Building sheet loads of Barracks and just spamming hundreds of infantry just to hear the reaction as his radar filled up with loads of red dots.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

This is an example of how you take something good and turn it into crap. For those below Red Alert 2 was the last game by Westwood studios which used the Original C&C controls/settings. Which ment you only need power in the green extras done nothing. Multiple Barracks and War Factories just increased the rate at which units built and you needed to harvest/mine your resources. SILOS NEEDED :)

simon1812
simon1812

jumalan75 power plant only kept your building and defenses working, though I heard that if you built 2 warfactories you still build one vehicle at the time but it happened faster. in later installment (not sure which one) u could indeed duplicate production by building 2 manufacturing facilities, it became the rule, nothing changed up until C&C4.

jumalan75
jumalan75

Ok I must know... someone please email me if need be.... In the first Command and Conquer... you needed power for your base to be operational, but building more power plants didn't increase production speed right? Remember... THE FIRST C&C. I know this wasn't the case in later ones...

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Much more interested in End of Nations. It just looks better, and Petroglyph's making it (they of Westwood). I can't see why I would bother with .

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

@Shawndox True, but they no longer have full control of the license. The old team may have just moved to a new house, but EA still holds the deed... lets just hope Bioware knows what they're doing. They ARE a good company, and they have made some of the best games out there, but I have no idea how an RTS would look in their hands. Best case scenario, we get a worthy sequel reboot like C&C3, but worst case scenario we get Supreme Commander 2.

kweeni
kweeni

Might check it out. EDIT: Just checked out a trailer, looks meh. Doupt I'll bother anymore.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

This is how I will see it - "Finally, its taking me a few months but I finally have a decent base and a good sized army" *5mins later* "Oh look ive just been smashed by a guy who has spent 50 quid to get to where I am in 5 mins, and also bought some over powered units in gold spunked armor" *Rage quite* Lol seriously, ive tried free to play games and invested time into them for free to only be killed by clans who buy crap loads of stuff and gank you because you spawned in THEIR terroritory. At least if it was actually like C&C you would have a chance. I think I will pass, as much as I love C&C (bring back westwood studios) :D

allanpaas
allanpaas

League of Legends, a game that actually is free. Take that as an example and you'll be praised for it - the game has what, 30 million players. I play it myself and I like it, can't say the same for any of EA's products.

ZOD777
ZOD777

All of these free to play games need to burn in hell. Free to try, pay to enjoy...that is more like it. I think that games that have to use this strategy to get gamers involved and this ploy to attempt to get us hooked are sad attempts at a paid for title. If the game was any good, it could stand on it's own merits and we would buy it! PASS...nice try EA. I know it has worked for plenty of games, but I just don't fall for that kind of marketing scheme. Show me something solid up front instead of hiding behind the "free to play" disguise.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

@Vambran Released straight to VHS.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Ah well. Theres another tragic memory I'm going to have to repress over a 48 hour Red Alert 2 binge.

BlackPhoenixBG
BlackPhoenixBG

Rest in peace C&C hello Tiberiumville Dont forget to click on those crystals every hour if you have the energy !

Shawndox
Shawndox

@dxBIGBOSSxb As far as I understand, most of Westwood moved to make Petroglyph Studios.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Free-to-play... expect a 50$ tank.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

wut the fuuck.... I don't see why a browser based game is necessary, but w/e :?

John_Read
John_Read

these browser based games are getting bigger day by day

killa32130
killa32130

@106473 Guess you never heard of CnC Renegade X?

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@blue_francis14 Even if late, every individual contribution counts. And there are still other fairly independent devs out there. Support the ones you like!

106473
106473

PLay4Free is a joke....

fartmoo
fartmoo

anything is better than what tiberium twilight was

Vambran
Vambran

This is the video game equivalent of a made for TV movie.

MikeFeeney431
MikeFeeney431

they need to make a good long ass game like red alert 1 again, that game was a beast, equal amounts of awesome gameplay and awesome storytelling between missions. In my opinion they have yet to reach that level of longevity and class again. Just my opinion, i do think the other games in the series were good, but i just feel the effort was really put into RA1. as for the free to play, the only free to play worth looking at imo is TF2.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I used to love the C&C series, but it seemed to fizzle out after Tiberium Wars for me. I'd like to see them go back to the original, which I had on the Saturn, with not as many over-the-top weapons, and vehicles. A game like Company of Heroes. I would love that game to be ported over to the consoles.

Halloll
Halloll

free to play, pay to win

chevydriver1123
chevydriver1123

All I hope for is a decent Generals 2, not a Generals: Dawn of War

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

@Unfallen_Satan I totally agree with out. The moment I got enough money, I bought the all CnC original copies, unfortunately, I was too late as the parents were killed and what's left are $5 whores. Sorry Westwood Studios for being too late.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

By itself, I would have considered this news a bit of mercy, as it would most likely mark a definitive end to C&C. I thought it should have committed seppuku after C&C 4. Alas, since the announcement about Generals 2 came first, this announcement is just... irrelevant. Today is the first time that I have felt EA is like a slaver/pimp in some of its dealings; game developers are like parents and promising franchise their offspring. EA buys families in financial difficulty into servitude. It then covertly hastens the death of the parents. With complete control over their now adopted daughters, EA whore them out to maximize its profits however it can. Whether it's grooming them to be popular courtesans or training them to satisfy some fetish or just let the poor masses use them for $5 a pop until they die, there is no lower limit to what it's willing to do. I am not criticizing EA at all. It's just good business. In many ways, I blame the developers for not being able to stay independent and us gamers for not supporting them enough.

renegade_magnum
renegade_magnum

As if dragging the franchise through the mud with C&C4:Tiberium Twilight wasn't enough...

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

let me guess free to play but pay to win hmm which other game does that * cough battlefield heroes* cough excuse me got terrible cold.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@RPG_Fan_I_Am Yeah, it's a bit foggy...I don't remember the year exactly but it was within this console generation, the title was C&C Tiberium I believe.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@MJ12-Conspiracy very True, starcraft is that game you just decide to randomly play every now and then. and I did not know that. Never even heard of them making one back in 2005 lol.

BloodMist
BloodMist

If it's anything like NFS World, it won't really be free to play at all.But nobody will care since it will also be terrible.

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

If you guys don't know already: EA stands for "Entrepreneurs Anonymous" (No not really, but here's a more blunt way of saying it) "Evil A**holes"

Daian
Daian

@edgewalker16 PS to your statement : And Tiberium Twilight was an insult to the series. :P

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

AoE Online didn't work out and I can't see this being any different.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

This is what actually killed Battlefield play4free. The game would have been solid if they didn't let people buy the best guns. I would love if there would be a game that is completely free that was made by a developer.

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

It's going to be crap. You don't fix things that aren't broken and EA is the worst offender of this mantra. Tiberium Wars was good, but Tiberian Sun was great.

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

I think I'll give it a shot, you never know it might actully be at least decent or even good but... i doubt it :/.