Command & Conquer Generals 2 is to be a multiplayer only game at launch with singleplayer being something they may add later. That's a real kick to the '90s groin.
What else is this new, free-to-play, iteration changing up about the series?
Well, for a start, it's part of EA's "Online Universes" plan, which BioWare Victory general manager John Van Caneghem tells us about in an interview with PC Gamer: "We decided to choose Generals as the first set of games we build under the universe, but we’ll be expanding after that, like Tiberium and Red Alert as well as some others as well. But Generals 2 was the first one, and it was one of the biggest sellers, as well as the fanbase has been asking for it for some time.”
We'll likely be seeing elements of multi-platform support, akin to the Battlefield 3 iPhone app, and DLC. An item shop maybe? It'll be online only. Essentially, C&C is changing. Are you okay with that if it means we get one that looks this good? :
This move away from singleplayer RTSs isn't just happening over at EA. Planetary Annihilation plans on shipping as a multiplayer only title also.