Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight

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Victory: Command & Conquer back on top

New game announcement "later this year".

The leaked news that EA has created a new developer responsible for breathing new life into the Command & Conquer series is now official, and it comes with a pledge to fans: C&C will be top RTS dog once again.

New Command & Conquer revealed, pulled

EA developer Victory Games at the helm.

A new game in the long-running real-time strategy series Command & Conquer looks set for a reveal after the game's official website spilled new details before EA yanked it off the internet.

Free C&C4 update adds new maps

Free C&C4 update adds new maps

To freshen five-on-five action.

Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight has gained three new multiplayer maps as part of a free bug-fix patch.

The maps are Capitol Coup, Disputed Depot and Bridge to Nowhere. They'll cater for 5v5 battles and aerial shots of each can be found on the Command & Conquer website.

This patch is free, incidentally, and will be applied like a title update when next starting the game.

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C&C4 DRM causing problems

Internet requirement to blame.

Command & Conquer 4's requirement of a permanent internet connection is causing problems, with some purchasers unable to play properly since the game's release last Friday.

Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

When Command & Conquer 4 was announced, they made it sound like it was time for some answers. You want to find out who Kane really is and where he comes from? How he never dies? How his tiny beard always looks so neat? You want to know about that stuff, do you? Are you sure? Wouldn't you like some more questions? Don't you like questions? C'mon, what's wrong with questions? Why are you leaving? Won't you come back?

Command & Conquer 4 is the conclusion of the Tiberium saga, but you would have to be more naive than the Trojan doorman wheeling in the horse to think this really means the end of C&C. Granted, a thing happens which suggests an end to the last 15 years (and 70 in-game years) of conflict between the GDI and the Brotherhood of Nod, and another thing is said which implies Kane is something more than human, but that's how C&C usually ends.

So there's nothing final or particularly satisfying about C&C4's conclusion, and for some reason it tries to replace the tried-and-tested campy cut-scenes with something grittier and nuanced. We're supposed to take this stuff seriously now? While long-time Kane actor Joe Kucan clearly relishes the opportunity to at last lend some subtlety and moral greyness to the shiny-scalped megalomaniac (or is he, etc), the rest of the unstarry cast can only muster bad soap opera.

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No LAN or dedicated servers for C&C4

Due to centralised progression system.

Command & Conquer 4 lead designer Sam Bass has said that the latest game in the long-running real-time strategy series won't support dedicated servers.

C&C boss discusses digital future

RTS series heading to Facebook?

New Command & Conquer brand boss Jon Van Canegham has hinted at a "direct-to-consumer" future for the venerable real-time strategy series.

At a recent EA press event, we had the quite surreal experience of playing a Command & Conquer 4 multiplayer match against Kane. In person. The unmistakeable pool-ball head of the Nod supremo gleamed from behind a monitor in the opposing bank, ordering his units around with less mad-villain intensity and more relaxed, arm-over-chair-back insouciance than we've been led to expect by 15 years of RTSC (real-time scenery-chewing). The roll-neck sweater and blazer was a new look for him, too.

Command & Conquer 4

The C&C arc comes to a close. We visit EA LA to find out how and why.

Let's begin at the end, because that's what Command & Conquer 4 is: the conclusion to a sweeping PC favourite, the last entry in a classic - and convoluted - soap opera. Here, in a tiny meeting room at EA LA's headquarters, the team behind Kane's latest battle have spent the last few hours taking us through the entire narrative arc of the series. Now, they're going to give us a few hints on how they're about to finish it all off. "We didn't want to do just another sequel," says Sam Bass, the campaign and story lead for C&C4, a man who's voice seems to have at least four different accents swimming about in it, suggesting that he's possibly arrived from the future himself, and a time when national boundaries no longer have meaning. "We didn't want an enigmatic fade to white. We wanted to bring the story to a close."

EA confirms C&C4 only for PC

EA confirms C&C4 only for PC

Leaks are true. Due next year.

EA has announced Command & Conquer 4 for release on PC next year. Surprise! Or perhaps not.

To clarify, however, there are no console versions planned - if what EA told vg247 holds true.

The biggest features are an RPG persistent progression system across all gameplay modes, which may or may not include online - EA doesn't specify. Even without, multiplayer still has new 5v5, objective-based challenges, which the re-deployable construction units should spice up.

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