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Command & Conquer (2013)

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Command & Conquer (2013)
Command & Conquer (2013) cover
Victory Games
Electronic Arts
2011-2013 Frostbite 2
2013 Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows Cancelled
Monetization Free-to-play, DLC
Microtransactions Unlock, Cosmetic, Boost
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Asia, China, Middle East, Europe, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor 1997
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Command & Conquer (2013) Cancelled
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020
Renegade X (unofficial) EA


This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Command & Conquer (2013) was a cancelled singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Command & Conquer series. It was being developed by Victory Games and published by Electronic Arts.

The game was initially announced on December 10, 2011 as Command & Conquer: Generals 2, a singleplayer and multiplayer (competitive and co-op) game on the Frostbite 2 engine, which would allow detailed units and dynamic physics (like destruction) to be used in-game.[1][2][3] It was planned to feature a fully fledged campaign and have post-launch DLC released in the form of extra maps, units, factions, campaigns and more.[3] On August 15, 2012, the game was announced to have become a free-to-play live service for multiple future Command & Conquer titles named simply Command & Conquer, with the Generals 2 title being completely dropped. The Generals universe themed content would get released first with Tiberium and Red Alert to follow later.[4][5] In May 2013, it was announced that the game would switch from Frostbite 2 to Frostbite 3 engine.[6]

Despite the initial announcement that the game would be multiplayer-only after this shift, post-launch singleplayer campaign DLC levels were announced on August 20, 2013 that would release episodically.[7][8][9]. The story of these campaign missions would have revolved around the China dominated Asia-Pacific Alliance (APA) having to undermine the upstart European Union (EU), finding out the truth about the newly reconstituted terrorist organization Global Liberation Army (GLA, returns from Command & Conquer: Generals) and restore peace around the globe.[7]

The game entered a multiplayer-only closed alpha in mid-2013 via EA's Origin service exclusively, with priority given to community leaders and customers of the 2012 compilation Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection, which included early access to a key that granted access to the closed alpha.[10] The game was planned to to go into closed beta on November 25, 2013 and subsequently release on February 24, 2014.[11][12].

The game was cancelled on October 29, 2013 and the game's developer Victory Games was closed down.[13] EA claimed the game's cancellation was due to negative feedback received during close alpha testing.[14] However, developers claimed this was due to internal corporate politics and shenanigans regarding Electronic Arts.[15][16]. On the day of cancellation, a significant update for the game was set to release, which would have added a new general, a new unit, overhauled perks system, Onslaught mode (co-op mode with two players against AI controlled waves of enemies), games starting with a Command Center and Supply Center by default and more.[17][18][19][20] Approximately a month after cancellation, the servers were shut down, which the game depended on to function, making the game unplayable.[21]

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
C&C Generals 2 section on


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Origin (unavailable)
Was available as Command & Conquer Generals 2 pre-order for first half of 2012.[3]
All versions required Origin DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.


Type Notes
DLC At least the singleplayer campaign was intended to be purchasable DLC.
Free-to-play The game was announced to be free-to-play in 2012.


Type Notes
Unlock Aside from a basic set, multiple playable generals (sub-factions) were intended to be individually purchasable.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Command & Conquer: Campaign Missions Was scheduled to release post-launch and would have included 10 missions.[8]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command & Conquer[22]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command & Conquer[22]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes




Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
The closed alpha used Origin's service.

Connection types

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 [27]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Origin

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon 3870
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
System requirements from the October 8, 2013 build's readme.txt file, having an internal revision date of January 15, 2013[28]


  1. Command and Conquer Generals 2 Announced with Trailer - Mediastinger - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  2. BioWare announces Command & Conquer: Generals 2 - Eurogamer - last accessed on 2022-10-17
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Command & Conquer Generals 2 pre-order page - Origin - last accessed on 2022-10-17
  4. Many tanks: Command & Conquer turns free-to-play - Eurogamer - last accessed on 2022-10-17
  5. Command & Conquer - Factions, Vehicles and Campaign Gameplay - FTW September 2013 - YouTube - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  6. Tiger Woods, UFC, and Star Wars missing EA's fiscal 2014 - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  7. 7.0 7.1 Command & Conquer to get episodic campaign missions for singleplayer and co-op - PCGamer - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  8. 8.0 8.1 Command & Conquer™ -- Campaign Missions Reveal -- Gamescom 2013 Official - YouTube - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  9. CAMPAIGN MISSIONS - WATCH THE REVEAL TRAILER - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  10. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-17
    Found the alpha key email in my inbox, was from September 4, 2013. Was under NDA at that time.
  11. Command & Conquer Campaigns to Launch In 2014 - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  12. Closed Beta Starts November 25th - GameReplays - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  13. EA Cancels 'Command & Conquer', Closes Developer Victory Games - GameRant - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  14. A New Future for Command & Conquer - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  15. Victory employee says PR line on Command & Conquer shutdown was “total bs” - PCInvasion - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  16. Why Was Generals 2 Cancelled? - Investigating Command & Conquer - YouTube - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  17. Patch Preview #5: Command Center First - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  18. Patch Preview #4: Onslaught is Back! - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  19. Patch Preview #3: Meet GLA's Muerta - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  20. Patch Preview #2: Revised Progression System - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  21. C&C Alpha suspended and servers are officially shut down - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  22. 22.0 22.1 Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-17
    readme.txt files from build of October 8, 2013 revealed this information.
  23. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-17
    readme.txt files from build of October 8, 2013 revealed cloud save support.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-16
    Was participant of the alpha at that time
  25. Command & Conquer 2013 Alpha Gameplay - APA Taskmaster vs GLA Thrax (Toxin) - YouTube - last accessed on 2022-10-16
  26. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-17
    Checked CnC.exe file headers with Visual Studio dumpbin.exe, confirming it is a 32 bit LAA executable. Checked with build from October 8, 2013.
  27. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-17
    From system requirements it looked like it was using D3D11, running the game (till hitting the error about not being able to connect to the server) with RTSS revealed it indeed using D3D11. Checked with build from October 8, 2013.
  28. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-10-17