Posted on October 3, 2007,

Command and Conquer Saga Announced

C&C Saga


…and there was much Moo’ing and gnashing of teat.

Despite having given away the first Command & Conquer game freely in celebration of C&C’s 12th anniversary (nice marketing probing there), EA, in predictable fashion, have decided to milk that fat cow just a little bit longer. Just yesterday, EA announced Command & Conquer Saga – a collection of all C&C games within the franchise’s 12 year history to date. C&C Saga, priced at $49.99 and PC only, will contain the following titles:

  • Command & Conquer™ (Aug. 1995)
  • Command & Conquer The Covert Operations™ (April 1996)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ (Oct 1996)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert Counterstrike™ (Mar. 1997)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ The Aftermath™ (Sept. 1997)
  • Command & Conquer™ Tiberian Sun™ (Aug 1999)
  • Command & Conquer™ Tiberian Sun™ Firestorm (Feb. 2000)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ 2 (Oct. 2000)
  • Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ Yuri’s Revenge™ (Oct. 2001)
  • Command & Conquer Renegade™ (Feb. 2002)
  • Command & Conquer™ Generals (Feb. 2003)
  • Command & Conquer™ Generals Zero Hour (Sept. 2003)
  • Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™ (Mar 2007)

[Yes, I know Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor isn't listed here. There's a good reason I'm sure.]

At first glance, this seems like just another repackaged C&C: The First Decade. After giving it much thought, you are actually getting a fairly modern C&C3: Tiberium Wars game inclusive as well. That alone probably justifies 2/3rds of the price. Still, the whole “same ol’ repackaged stuff” and “milk it for its worth” stigma is gnawing at my psyche. I would much rather see an announcement of a (and I’m making this up) C&C3: Liquid Tiberium Edition – bundling C&C3: Tiberium Wars & C&C3: Kane’s Wrath. Console owners will have the luxury of purchasing the upcoming Kane’s Wrath as a standalone title, which means PC users will probably get the shaft with separate purchase requirements. Then again, I guess it all comes down to who has what and, of course, price.

The question I have, before I decide to plop my 50 hard earned dollars down for C&C Saga, is “Will everything run on Vista?” Let’s hope EA provide a proper installer and do their best to avoid kludge emulation hacks to get the old stuff running. It would also be nice if I we didn’t have to use workarounds to get all the multiplayer aspects working. The whole marketing behind The First Decade was “It will run on XP!” I don’t see EA touting “It will run on Vista!” with Saga. Makes me wonder…

Meh. Just give me a proper Renegade sequel and I’ll stop my EA bashing. Milk that fat cow for all it’s worth.

Full press release after the break.

EA ANNOUNCES THE COMMAND & CONQUER SAGA AND CELEBRATES 12 YEARS OF THE POPULAR SERIES

-Collection of Thirteen Command & Conquer Titles-

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 2, 2007 – Experience Command & Conquer™ like never before—thirteen Command & Conquer games spanning three generations of the series in a single package! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced The Command & Conquer™ Saga, a massive compilation of over a dozen Command & Conquer games including the award-winning Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™ and all the titles featured in Command & Conquer™ The First Decade. Available in North America this October for the PC, The Command & Conquer Saga marks the largest PC franchise compilation to date.

With over 25 million copies sold worldwide, the Command & Conquer franchise has defined the Real-time strategy (RTS) genre with fast and fluid gameplay, cutting-edge visuals, epic storylines, and rich campaign missions. The series has evolved over a decade, spawned over a dozen titles, and continues to be the genre benchmark by which all RTS games are measured. With its explosive style of warfare, the Command & Conquer franchise has grown over the years to span multiple fictional genres, including the science fiction Tiberium Universe, the revisionist history of the Command & Conquer Red Alert Universe, and a twist on modern warfare with Command & Conquer™ Generals.

The Command & Conquer Saga contains the following titles:

  • Command & Conquer™ (Aug. 1995)
  • Command & Conquer The Covert Operations™ (April 1996)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ (Oct 1996)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert Counterstrike™ (Mar. 1997)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ The Aftermath™ (Sept. 1997)
  • Command & Conquer™ Tiberian Sun™ (Aug 1999)
  • Command & Conquer™ Tiberian Sun™ Firestorm (Feb. 2000)
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ 2 (Oct. 2000)
  • Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ Yuri’s Revenge™ (Oct. 2001)
  • Command & Conquer Renegade™ (Feb. 2002)
  • Command & Conquer™ Generals (Feb. 2003)
  • Command & Conquer™ Generals Zero Hour (Sept. 2003)
  • Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™ (Mar 2007)

The Command & Conquer Saga has a US MSRP of $49.99. All games included in the compilation are rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

The development team at EA Los Angeles continues to give back to their community—one of the largest and most active fan communities in the world. To help celebrate the series’ twelfth anniversary, EA recently offered a free download of Command & Conquer Gold which garnered close to 3 million downloads to date. Over the next few months, fans can expect even more from the Command & Conquer team including exclusive content, video features, original programming through the Command & Conquer online network, and more. For up to date information on the anniversary activities or for more information about The Command & Conquer Saga or the Command & Conquer series, please visit www.CommandAndConquer.EA.com.

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1 Comment on Command and Conquer Saga Announced

die

On December 26, 2007 at 11:24 pm

argghhhhhhh :mrgreen: