cnc Command & Conquer gets single player missionsFans are eagerly anticipating the new Command & Conquer title from Victory Games, but also lamenting the lack of a single-player campaign. Well, today they’ve announced that they’ve heard our feedback – there will be a an episodic, story-driven campaign mission set for the free-to-play RTS. The game is set to launch very soon, and these missions will come shortly thereafter in early 2014. Here’s what we know about the first mission set:

The first Campaign Missions will follow the Asia-Pacific Alliance (APA), as they attempt to stabilize a world that once again teeters on the brink of war. Having sat comfortably as the world’s foremost geopolitical power for nearly a decade, the APA finds itself challenged on all fronts. The upstart European Union (EU), a high-tech, single-state entity with an increasingly expansionist agenda continues to flex her muscles, while a series of increasingly bloody uprisings have torn key APA and EU satellite nations asunder. Rumors point to a newly reconstituted Global Liberation Army (GLA) as the instigator, but witnesses have described technology far beyond the reach of any normal terrorist organization. Concerned, the APA dispatches an elite force to infiltrate the latest, most volatile rebellion, one targeting an EU backed dictator. Their mission – learn the truth about the GLA, undermine the EU and restore peace to the globe.

Having gotten hands-on with the game myself, I can give this one my ringing endorsement. The team is filled with true C&C fans, and they ‘get it’. They are also bring us some new features, including Onslaught, an objective based co-op mode where players team up to defend their base from enemy hordes.

Command & Conquer will be available as a free service for the PC later this year. You can sign up for the closed-beta at www.commandandconquer.com