In December 2011, Electronic Arts announced plans to release Command and Conquer Generals 2, the next game in the long running RTS series and the second in the slightly more realistic portion of the franchise. EA has been quiet about its plans for the series since then but today, the publisher revealed two big changes for the game.
The first was a name change; the new game will now simply be called Command and Conquer. The second, and bigger, change is that the game will no longer be released as a retail product but rather as a downloadable game that will be "free to play".
In an FAQ page on the official Command and Conquer website, EA said that Generals 2 will simply be the first of many additions for the new free-to-play Command and Conquer game. It will still be delivered as a downloadable stand alone client and it still will use the Frostbite 2 engine first used for Battlefield 3.
The new game will just be a multiplayer-based title, although EA hints that a single player campaign could be released later on. There's no word on when the free-to-play Command and Conquer will be launched but the website is taking signups for a beta test.
Source: Command and Conquer website