After EA canned the Command & Conquer reboot and GameSpy shut its doors, the future looked bleak for the long-running real-time strategy series.
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Last month the Command & Conquer series came to a screeching halt when it's free-to-play reboot was unceremoniously cancelled and its developer, Victory Games, shut down.
But now publisher EA is saying that the project will be rejuvenated under a different developer. In a statement regarding refunds for those who spent money on Command & Conquer's alpha, EA maintained that customers who bought the Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection will still receive the beta of the reboot they were promised, only it will be a different beta - one for a game that will actually come out.
"For those of you who bought The C&C Ultimate Collection, your early access to the beta will be honoured once production of this title resumes under a new studio," EA stated in no uncertain terms. "We look forward to sharing the news with you when production resumes on this title in the future."
The latest game in EA's long running Command & Conquer RTS series has been cancelled.
This is rather surprising for a game that's already been semi-publicly available in a closed alpha test. So why's it been canned, you ask? Apparently feedback wasn't so hot on this free-to-play, multiplayer-focused reboot.
"Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play," said Victory in its news post about the game getting shuttered. "That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it's about getting you the game you expect and deserve."
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On the loading screen, the general's face is fleshy, heavy-lidded and gently comic. It gives you pause. Everyone knows Command & Conquer's going free-to-play; is it possible it's going casual, too?
The Command & Conquer beta will begin during the first half of 2013, EA has announced.
It will be the longest-running beta in Command & Conquer history, C&C global community manager EA_CIRE wrote on the Command & Conquer blog.
"Now, we know you have a lot more questions about the new Command & Conquer and you may be wondering why we are so silent about it," he said.
The upcoming Command & Conquer reboot is confirmed to have a single-player mode, despite comments from developer Bioware Victory that the online only game would launch as a multiplayer-only affair when it comes out next year on PC.
The studio remained cagey on details regarding a story mode, but revealed in a recent interview with Polygon that there will indeed be a single-player campaign.
"That's [single-player] something we've obviously heard loud and clear that is important to people," said president of EA Labels Frank Gibeau. "The beauty of free-to-play, is that we can adjust and adapt to what we're hearing as opposed to, 'I'm sorry, it's two months from ship and it is what it is.' It's a very different model because you don't have to build as much. You build in response to your audience."
UPDATE: EA has released UK specific information for Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection.
The recently announced as free-to-play Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will launch without single-player, developer Bioware Victory has announced.
Bioware Victory general manager John Van Caneghem revealed in an interview with PC Gamer that Generals 2 will ship as a multiplayer-only affair. Co-op and competitive modes will be the focus, while other modes will be added based on community feedback. When asked about a story mode, he said, "it is something we haven't announced yet how we're going to do it."
Van Caneghem added that the studio "really want to get back to the roots of what made Command & Conquer great" by letting players "build a zillion units" and "go out and kill all the bad guys" in a dedicated online space.
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