While Electronic Arts has been saying for quite a while now that they planned to release a new Command and Conquer game, the publisher stayed silent about exactly what the game would be like. On Saturday night during the Spike TV Video Game Awards, EA finally lifted the curtain on that game, Command and Conquer Generals 2.
Yes, EA is returning to the C&C universe that was introduced with the first Command and Conquer Generals game in 2003. The storyline for both games take place in the near future and despite the C&C name the Generals universe has no story connections to the sci-fi setting of the main Command and Conquer games nor the alternate timeline of the C&C Red Alert series.
The storyline for Command and Conquer Generals 2 starts with a peace conference being attacked by terrorists, killing pretty much every civilian leader and diplomat in the world. The world is now run just by military leaders and as one might expect when that kind of situation happens there's going to be a lot of shooting involved. Like the first C&C Generals game, the sequel will have three different factions battling it out in a single player campaign as well as multiplayer matches.
EA has already announced that the game will be a PC exclusive and it will be released sometime in 2013. The development team is BioWare Victory, a new studio run by the same people behind the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series. The game itself will use the Frostbite 2 engine, the same one used for this year's Battlefield 3 and Need for Speed The Run. The in-game teaser trailer for Command and Conquer Generals 2, shown above, shows that it will certainly be the most graphically detailed C&C game yet released.