Far Cry, Red Alert 1 and 2 going free as DLC

On the eve of Labor Day, two publishers announced they will offer some classics from their back catalog for free as preorder incentives. The first is France-based Ubisoft, which is now offering the original Far Cry gratis to those who preorder Far Cry 2 from its online store for $49.95. Released...

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On the eve of Labor Day, two publishers announced they will offer some classics from their back catalog for free as preorder incentives. The first is France-based Ubisoft, which is now offering the original Far Cry gratis to those who preorder Far Cry 2 from its online store for $49.95. Released in 2004, the Crytek-developed shooter was hailed as one of top first-person shooters of its day, and was a finalist for GameSpot's FPS of the year. The deal is available only to residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Meanwhile, Electronic Arts--which owns part of Ubisoft and publishes Crytek games--announced it, too, will be giving away a game as a preorder incentive. Those who order Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 via GameStop, Best Buy, or the EA Store will be able to download Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 for free. The game is available in a $49.99 standard edition and $64.99 premier edition for the PC or $59.99 for the standard Xbox 360 edition. Retailers are currently listing Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 with a mid-November release date.

EA also announced that, to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Command and Conquer series, it will be offering the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert for free to everyone. The game will become available at 12:00 a.m. PT Sunday, August 31, at the official Red Alert 3 site, Redalert3.com.

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