The beta for Command & Conquer (of course powered by Frostbite 2) is now beta, meaning you can register for free and play it! Click here to play the game. You need an Origin (EA) account for it, but you can register for that free and easily here.
Unconvinced this is something you shouldn’t miss? Check this gameplay trailer:
EA Gothenburg is now called Ghost Games. And it will create the newest Need for Speed game, most likely running on the Frostbite 2 engine. At least, it’s hiring people that indicate this
The last Frostbite powered NFS game was NFS The Run. A year later Need for Speed Most Wanted was (re-)released, but that was powered by another game engine. However, the next one will most likely be a Frostbite 2 powered race game.
During the Video Game Awards Command & Conquer: Generals 2 has officially been announced. The game takes place ten years after the first release of the series. BioWare Victory is developing the game based on the critically acclaimed Battlefield 3 game engine Frostbite 2.
BioWare confirms the rumors about the new release by announcing the release of Command & Conquer: Generals 2. The strategy game is being made by the studio Victory Games that has come into existence this year. Due to a reorganization EA has placed this studio into the caring hands of BioWare. Generals 2 will be released in 2013 for pc.
In an interview with IGN producer Jon van Caneghem explains that the game takes place 10 years after the first game and although initially there is only peace, important politicians are killed during a terrorist attack. Only the generals remain alive… Shortly after the attack a war starts between the GLA, the EU and a third unannounced party. The game will provide a solid single player as well as a multiplayer game mode.
Command & Conquer: Generals 2 has a minimal system requirement of a Windows Vista SP1-system with a 2GHz-dualcoreprocessor. Furthermore 2GB of RAM and 20GB of hard disc space is expected. The graphics card must have at least 512MB of memory and be able to handle DirectX 10. The ATI Radeon 3870 of Nvidia GeForce 8800GT is given as a suitable example. However, for optimal performace a Windows 7-system with a quadcoreprocessor, 4GB of RAM and a DirectX 11-videocard with 1GB of memory is recommended…
EA explains on their website:
Uncanny Sense of Realism—Frostbite 2 technology allows for visceral, visually stunning conflict at an epic scale. Incredibly detailed units and environments, dynamic physics, and exhilarating visual effects bring the battle to life in ways never before seen. This is the closest thing to real war without the consequences.
EA has announced that Battlefield 3 will not be made available via Valve’s online game-shop Steam as was believed earlier.
“BF3 will nоt be аvаilable оn Steam аѕ thе service restricts оur ability tо directly support players,”
- says thе EA Twitter account.
The forum post gоes а bit further in explaining thе publisher’s position, though it dоеsn’t go so far аѕ tо explicitly explain thе schism.
“Steam hаѕ adopted а set оf restrictive terms оf service whіch limit how developers interact wіth customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No othеr download service has adopted thesе practices.”
As with Dragon Age 2, this іѕ іn reference tо onе specific part оf Steam’s Terms of Service agreement, whiсh forces games to deliver DLC and patches through Steam rather than thrоugh a game-specific client. EA claims thiѕ to be restrictive, аnd thuѕ refuses to sell ѕоme titles through thе service.
It remains unclear whу EA — who, іn thе past, hаѕ offered а variety of games thrоugh Steam, regаrdless of thе Terms of Service — refuses to offer DLC аnd patches through Steam suddenly, but it certaіnlу appears tо be a stance thе company is staying firm on. The forum post also notes EA’s inclination towаrds resolving the issue wіth Valve, saying,
“We hope tо work out аn agreement whеre Steam сan carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers сan pick frоm the more than 100 digital retailers.”
Server browers are not common on consoles, but fortunately Battlefield 3 for consoles, will be getting a server browser. Most games on consoles have a “click-to-play” take on online gaming, a match is found based off the user’s latency (connection to the server.) PC gamers have enjoyed the freedoms of server browsers for over a decade and all past PC Battlefields have come with them. Also noted today was that Battlefield 3 PC players will find servers through EA’s Origin server. This style of server joining is quite similar to Steam.
Wikipedia over server browsers:
“Typically, game server browsers retrieve a list of game servers from a master server, measure lag and packet loss between the browser and the game servers, and retrieve server details, such as current players and gameplay rules. This information can be filtered, sorted and displayed and is used to launch and connect a game from the list.
Optionally many game server browsers also support tracking and searching of players, both in- and out-of-game forums, chat and voice communication, advertising for events and management of game servers.”
Earlier today EA released this 4 page fact sheet with some interesting information! In our eyes it is wise to think something has been left out though. Click on the images below to read all the fact that has been released!
The release was confirmed by Twitter user Demize99.