New Command & Conquer Not Dead Yet

I imagine the Command & Conquer franchise is sounding a lot like Darth Vader these days.

Here’s why: back in December 2011, Electronic Arts announced Command & Conquer: Generals 2, a Frostbite 2-powered sequel to the 2003 near-future RTS. There was much rejoicing.

Then, in August 2012, EA demoted its Generals, cancelling the game while announcing C&C was being transformed into a free-to-play franchise. There was much confusion.

Jump forward to October 29, 2013, right about the time C&C F2P was set to enter open beta. That’s when EA announced the studio working on the RTS, Victory Games, was being shuttered and production on C&C stopped. There was much WTF?

Beaten and battered, the new Command & Conquer should have finally died that day. Instead, EA dragged the crumpled RTS body into the lab and inserted it into a black mobile life support suit. Complete with creepy raspy breathing, Command & Conquer is alive!

Rock Paper Shotgun directs us to the EA C&C Support page, where the publisher offers some clarification on the fate of C&C:

For those of you who bought The C&C Ultimate Collection, your early access to the beta will be honored once production of this title resumes under a new studio. We would like to thank you for your time and interest in Command & Conquer, and we look forward to sharing the news with you when production resumes on this title in the future.

We’ve contacted EA for details and will update this post with any response.

Immediate reaction: what a mess. C&C is a marquee RTS and EA has, on numerous occasions now, proven it has no clue what to do with it. By the time we actually see Command & Conquer: Generals 2 turned C&C F2P turned ??? who knows what shape it will be in.

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1 Comment on New Command & Conquer Not Dead Yet

psycros

On November 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm

EA apparently figured out somewhere along the way that nobody wants a MMORTS, and even if they did the reception to a “buy now” pop-up when you try to build a unit would probably involve the firebombing of EA headquarters. That company needs to be dismantled before they can finish destroying the computer gaming industry.