F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year

A recent post to the Command & Conquer Blog updates us on progress on the upcoming free-to-play Command & Conquer game (thanks Ant). This includes an explanation of why they are not actually hyping this more, saying: "We’ve decided to actually let the game speak for itself, instead of starting the typical marketing noise you normally would expect. That being said, it might be a few more months before we reveal more information – we don’t just want to tell you about the game, we want to show you." It also outlines plans for an extended beta test beginning next year:
So looking at where we are right now with our game and the ongoing service that comes with Free 2 Play games actually makes me believe that this game can become a great Command & Conquer. And we will be working together with you – The Fans - to make it better and better. As planned right now, the Beta will start in the first half of 2013, and will be the longest running beta phase in franchise history.
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Nov 4, 2012, 13:54
Jivaro
 
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Nov 4, 2012, 13:54
 Jivaro
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 13:36:
I'm not interested in F2P games. To enjoy them properly they end up costing a lot more than traditional games and the gameplay tends to revolve around grind rather than enjoyment. Age Of Empires Online was a classic example of that, with civilisations that amounted to hundreds of pounds if you bought them all. It's a disgusting business model but it's no surprise to see EA embrace it.

I don't know what you define as "properly", but I enjoyed Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and a few others just fine...spending about 20 bucks a month total. In other words instead of paying 15 bucks a month for one game, I spent about 20 (if that, usually less) and played a few different ones depending on what I was game for. In addition to that there is Path of Exile which I still haven't paid a dime for and have enjoyed as much or more then every other game this year.

Age of Empires Online was an example of how not to run a F2P, but it is far from the definition of the business model. This C&C game doesn't look all that promising to me though, but it has nothing to do with the F2P concept. I try not to come into these with a negative attitude, but C&C hasn't been a fun franchise to me for some time and what I have read so far hardly makes me believe that is going to change.

That said...I only play any of them when my "que" is low, and right now isn't one of those times. Currently still paying XCOM and POE, and I have a crapload of other games still to catch up on. I mean...I still have LA Noire in my Steam "to play" list. Between the sales and the rash of good games lately...the biggest enemy to F2P games is that there have been plenty of good games worth paying for to take up my somewhat limited game time.
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