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VGA premiere: EA shows off Command and Conquer Generals 2

Electronic Arts showed off a trailer from its brand new game Command & Conquer Generals 2. The company showed off the game’s new trailer at the VGA awards show tonight on Spike TV.

That means EA is serious about reviving a franchise that hasn’t had a new installment for some time. C&C is a classic real-time strategy game and the Generals franchise debuted in 2003. So EA has kept this series on the backburner for a long time. The clip from the video showed a tank battle scene that resembled something out of Battlefield 3 or Battlefield Bad Company 2.

The last C&C Generals 2 game was set in a modern combat world, in contrast to the other C&C titles that were sci-fi games. It was a nice idea, but wasn’t executed so well. It was, for instance, an incredibly short game for a real-time strategy title. Each of the three different sides had just seven missions. Hopefully this title is going to have a lot more content, as EA really has to revive the reputation of this part of the franchise.

The storyline for Generals 2 involves a world left without political leaders. EA promises “destruction that will bring a new level of fidelity to strategy games.” The game is being developed by a new BioWare Studio, BioWare Victory, and will debut on the PC exclusively in 2013.

BioWare chief Ray Muzyka said that BioWare will take its vision for emotionally-engaging game play and great attention to quality to the C&C franchise. Jon Van Caneghem, executive producer of the game, said that C&C fans “have been begging for a return to the Generals universe” for the past eight years. the game will have cooperative and multiplayer modes as well as a single-player campaign. In the story, world leaders are seconds away from signing a peace treaty when a devastating terrorist attack rips through the conference, killing everyone in attendance. The world’s military leaders are left in control.

EA’s BioWare also showed off a new scene (pictured below) from Mass Effect 3. That’s the good thing about being a giant company like EA. You can always dust off an old franchise and the rabid fans will be excited about it. The Mass Effect 3 title, coming early next year, showed an epic battle between Commander Shepard and the Reapers, the evil giant machines taking over the galaxy.

The big snake-like thing in the video is a giant Thresher Maw, which squares off against a giant Reaper. Mass Effect 3 will be released in March.

 

 


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