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— Wednesday, January 15, 2003 —

Posted By: Mike at 2:43:47 PM ET

Generals Collector Boxes Officially Announced

EA has officially announced that Generals will ship in three colector's boxes.  They've also released some information about that Officer's Club for pre-orderers.  Here's a thumbnail of the box arts (click on it to see the full-sized version):

And here's the official press release:


Series of boxes will be available for a short time at retail

IRVINE, CA (Jan. 13, 2003) - Electronic Arts announced today that, for a limited time, it will offer a series of three collectable boxes for the retail version of Command & Conquer Generals(tm). This highly-anticipated 3D real-time strategy game will be published by EA (NASDAQ:ERTS) under the EA GAMES(tm) brand Feb. 11, 2003.

The series of collectable boxes for Command & Conquer Generals will feature three images, representing each faction in the game: the United States, China, and an underground political terror organization, the Global Liberation Army. Each box front is a complete image, but when placed side-by-side, the three images form a continuous modern warfare scene.

EA will distribute all three boxes in the initial printing of Command & Conquer Generals. Once those have been purchased at retail, EA will only manufacture the U.S. version of the box. Players who wish to purchase either the GLA or Chinese versions need to do so as soon as the game is released February 11 to ensure they receive a copy.

Command & Conquer Generals puts players' trigger fingers on the pulse of modern warfare as they become a powerful general and control massive armies of bleeding-edge military weaponry across a globe teetering on the brink of Armageddon. Three unique sides will be available, each with customizable high-tech arsenals ready to deliver unprecedented firepower on land or in the skies. Players can annihilate the opposition in the 23-mission single-player campaign or dish out the damage in global multiplayer mayhem.

Players who pre-order Command & Conquer Generals from participating retailers will receive an Officers Club pack that contains exclusive in-game elements and information. Included in the pack is an interactive CD-ROM and unique medal icons that will appear by the player's name during multiplay matches. Retailers currently participating in this program include www.EA.com, Electronics Boutique, www.EBWorld.com, GameStop, www.GameStop.com, CompUSA and MediaPlay.

Players who wish to play Command & Conquer Generals weeks before it hits stores can visit www.FilePlanet.com. Beginning January 20, the first twenty thousand FilePlanet subscribers who sign up at the site will be given the opportunity to play in a limited version of the public multiplay test at no charge.

More information on Command & Conquer Generals can be found at http://generals.ea.com.

Also notice that the press release states that on January 20th, the first 20,000 FilePlanet subscribers who sign up at FilePlanet will be able to play a limited version of the Generals multiplayer test.  I'm sure all you anxious people that aren't testers won't forget that date.