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Gibeau: Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will have single player mode - eventually
Posted: 10.09.2012 06:20 by Comments: 12
After it was announced that the free-to-play real-time-strategy game Command & Conquer: Generals 2 would not launch with a single-player campaign, the fan outcry was loud. Apparently, it was loud enough to get Electronic Arts to add a single player campaign at some point.

According to EA president Frank Gibeau, “Does that (no single player at launch) mean it’s not going to have single-player? No, that’s something we’ve obviously heard loud and clear that is important to people."

Gibeau claims that the entire point of free-to-play is to cater to gamer wishes.

“The beauty of free-to-play, is that we can adjust and adapt to what we’re hearing as opposed to, ‘I’m sorry, it’s two months from ship and it is what it is.’ It’s a very different model because you don’t have to build as much. You build in response to your audience,” he explained.

“We started with, ‘How do we build a triple-A Command & Conquer experience?’” he added. “Is the best way to go to market, premium or is the best way to go to market, free-to-play? We’re like, ‘We’ll get the biggest market with free-to-play and we can evolve it over time based on what we see happening inside the service."

In essence, Gibeau states that free-to-play costs cheaper because the developer only needs to build a part of the game and add on new features later. "When you build a premium game you have to go way in the hole, in terms of spending out a lot of money building a certain experience and then putting it out there to see how people respond,” he stated.

One thing is clear - a single player only Command & Conquer: Generals 2 would have never been made under Gibeau's policy.

Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will be developed by BioWare Victory with the Frostbite 2.0 engine. It's due for a 2013 release.
Source: VG247
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Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 10, 2012
nocutius
Well better than nothing I guess, though I fear how a SP campaign will play out in the f2p model.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 10, 2012
danfreeman
I bet it`ll cost 60 $ be very simple or worse,forget it...
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 10, 2012
SirRoderick
Call me a pessimist, but I don't think this will work out.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 10, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I also don't have a lot of faith in this. But we will have to wait and see.
By The_Tingler (SI Core Veteran) on Sep 10, 2012
The_Tingler
I'm with SirRoderick.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 10, 2012
nocutius
What, when did that happen?
Congrats I guess :)
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 10, 2012
SirRoderick
Yeah, I'm jusr irresistable like that ^^
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 10, 2012
herodotus
Bah humbug. Yet another EA stuff-up as they make their grab for F2P MP. I think we were all, bar none, wanting a full-fledged retail package. I thought "C&C" F2P is an interesting experiment, albeit missing what many fans wanted, but to take it to one of the most anticipated titles of the decade, as young as it is....stupid.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 12, 2012
FoolWolf
Hmmm, nothing to see, please move along - at least I will...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 12, 2012
herodotus
...but orificer, I'm ranting here!
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 13, 2012
FoolWolf
Oh, sorry - please stay and hear the official ranting!

Please commence!