The (much awaited by some of us) sequel to Command and Conquer Generals, named the same but with a “2” at the end and built around a free to play model, is set to be released without a single player portion of the game, as has been confirmed by Bioware Victory’s general manager John Van Vaneghem.
Speaking with PC Gamer, he said that the game will ship with multiplayer modes only. This does include some PvE as well as PvP content, meaning there will be cooperative as well as competitive play. Other modes will be added later he said, based on community feedback. It sounds as if people bitch enough about wanting Single Player it’ll be added, but only if needed.
This isn’t the only CnC title to be set to drop single player features. It’ll be just the first, with games from the Tiberium and Red Alert universes also getting online only sequels. Vaneghem explained that the reason Generals was first, was because it was one of the biggest sellers and the fanbase had been asking for it for a while.
It could also be that the last few CnC games have been pretty poor.
eSports will also be a focus of this new round of Command and Conquer, opening up the game to a much more competitive edge for those that want it. However, nothing is confirmed yet, with Vaneghem simply stating: “I don’t think we’re making a list of the features yet, but I think you can basically make a list of the assumed ones that you’d need to be an e-sports game, and it’s definitely part of the plan.”