Following the success of the Battlefield series, EA is more likely than ever to bring Command & Conquer to the games millions of fans, via the web.
This could see the game’s distribution replace boxed versions of the game, and could even see the title go free and earning from micro-transactions from within the game.
In an interview with Gamasutra, EA’s Jon Van Caneghem discussed a range of topics including the future of Command & Conquer, the idea of ‘software as a service,’ the strategy genre in general and attempts to popularise the brand.
“Direct-to-consumer is where I think most games are going, and I’ve always been a fan of the series [Command & Conquer]. The company has the same vision I do on the future of games and the future of this franchise, so I think it’s going be great,” Caneghem says
“Look what online has done for RPGs over the last 10 years. All the other categories are following suit we’re looking forward to building something to be a leader in that space. It allows you to do everything you would have expected from a boxed game, but it adds a lot more to it being connected and connected with players, and persistence, the social elements of playing against each other with other friends.”
Lets just hope this is sooner rather than later. If there’s any game that crosses generations and geek/non-geek borders, it’s Command & Conquer.