Command and Conquer Multiplayer Saved by Community
By now, everyone should be well aware of Gamespy’s shut-down which affected quite a large assortment of games that relied on their service for multiplayer gaming. The Command and Conquer games, among the oldest of the RTS franchises, were among the casualties affected. However, thanks to the dedicated Command and Conquer community, the lack of multiplayer gaming was short lived.
A service called “C&C Online” has been introduced, not by EA as one would expect, but by the command and conquer community themselves! C&C Online is free, requiring only a registered account to play C&C3 plus Kane’s Wrath expansion, Red Alert 3, Generals and Generals: Zero Hour. It’s still a work in progress though, so one should expect features such as stats, rankings and automatching unavailable at this time. But, basic online play functions such as hosting, joining and chatting with others are working just fine.
On a personal note, this is why I love PC gaming. When a developer stops supporting a title, the games’ community can take it upon themselves to keep it going. Just because a game isn’t the latest and greatest doesn’t mean it’s still not worth playing. So, kudos to the folks that made this service and to help keep a community thriving. Hopefully EA sees your efforts and helps you out with servers of their own. (It’s possible!)
If you’re looking to fire up those C&C games again and want to test your skills against others, here’s an easy to follow video to help you connect to their service.