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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Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 00:54:
Ant wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 23:15:
beigemore wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 14:19:
I'm starting to think I'm done with video games.
I pretty much did that!

You guys just aren't looking in the right place. Borderlands 2, The Witcher series, the Torchlight series - if you are a fan of PC rpg's (and more specifically action RPG's) it's almost an embarrassment of riches. Natural Selection seems to be a great strategy shooter, X-Com finally got a worthy successor this year, Metro 2033's sequel is looking to be a hardcore PC fps, Dishonored is brilliant, and that's not even mentioning all of the promising kickstarter projects currently underway, some of which look sure to be completed. Personally, if I ignore the noise from the big gaming publishers and their AAA crap, I find myself thinking that this is the most exciting time to be a gamer in the 35 years I've been gaming.

You're just WRONG, overall the last 10 years have got to be the worst in gaming history. Nintendo's major franchises (starfox, Zelda, metroid) are all suffering in different ways. Other M was a disaster. Final fantasy series is on the ropes. Since FFX, FF has been going completely downhill and it's basically a movie with hardly any gameplay anymore. The combat system and loot has been totlly removed/dumbed down/gutted.

On PC ... I've played all those games you mentioned. Torchlight 2 is basically a worse version of diablo 2. The itemization is bad and the story/world is worse. Not to mention Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 were huge disappointments especially with the 'always online' bullshit and the gimped mod tools. Starcraft 2 is basically another parallel universe in terms of story, the story in SC2 is totally not congruent with the firsts. We're seeing what World of warcraft did to blizzard (totally fucked them up). The people behind the original diablo 2 and starcraft were blown to the winds and after 12 years the new developers totally sucked at giving sequels to two of gamings most beloved franchises.

Borderlands 2 isn't anything special, people who are over-wow'd by graphics and don't have good taste in gameplay find it 'amazing'. Older FPS's were more fun on release then the entire single player campaign of borderlands 1+2 and had more longevity (UT2004).

BL2 is an example of everything that is wrong with the games industry: Game developers never learn from other games and just rehash what they know. Borderland 2's biggest problem is it's pacing, the world is too big and the enemies too sparse. As a single player FPS it is underwhelming, it's not anything we haven't seen before umpteen hundred times.

Metro is YET ANOTHER FPS (gtfo). Witcher is a mediocre RPG with a shitty combat system and Dishonored is a half baked version of thief combined with bioshock for the ADHD call of duty crowd.

Games have been dumbed down by the influx of:

1) Unskilled gamers
2) Low intelligence gamers with no fucking clue what makes a good game.

The only highlights lately have been Torchlight 2 but even it is living off Diablo 2's great design and it still fucked up majorly in places that counted: Loot in general sucks in Torchlight 2.

This comment was edited on Nov 5, 2012, 05:10.
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