Free-to-play C&C sequel is as true as any other C&C game: developer

Command & Conquer

By on November 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

The Command & Conquer franchise has had a bit of a rough time lately — first announced as “the next big BioWare franchise” in the name of Command & Conquer Generals 2 and then suddenly relegated to a free-to-play affair to be handled by EA-created-BioWare subsidiary Victory Games, it can be hard to keep up.

Well, EA_CIRE has taken to the official Command & Conquer blog to hit back at the theory that what they’re making isn’t a “true” C&C game. “We all have the big picture in our mind where we want to go with this new Command & Conquer, making a great RTS game that can wear the C&C logo with pride. Yes, the direction is new and many probably would say that this is not a ‘true’ C&C, just as many did when the original Generals came out,” reads the blog post.

“For me, Command & Conquer isn’t just about Tiberium, Kane and the crazy Yuri. It’s been more about fun to play, engaging, and high quality RTS experiences. And that’s what we’re aiming to deliver, just in a different way.

The post also revealed that the beta will start in the first half of 2013, and be “the longest running beta phase in franchise history”.

Source: Command and Conquer via VG247

11 comments (Leave your own)

As long as it’s not a true sequel to C&C 4, that was terrible.

 

I haven’t really liked a C&C since Westwood stopped making them.
Generals was alright for a bit of fun but i was really able to get into Tiberium Sun

 

I would prefer it if it was still called Generals 2. Generals was fun.

 

Actually logged in to comment on the whole ‘longest running beta’ line. I hate long betas. Do you think they know how long Blizzard runs betas for?

 

C&C has been dead to me for a while but a Generals 2 that is a real game (not F2P) is what would get me back into C&C. EA have long ago stopped doing anything for loyal fans.

 

Long live Red Alert 2! (and Yuri’s Revenge), haven’t liked any C&C games since

 

The post also revealed that the beta will start in the first half of 2013, and be “the longest running beta phase in franchise history”.

So due out in the last half of 2014?

Love all the C&C games, all except C&C 4. Loved the story/cinematics, but the gameplay sucked (no base building? really??)

 

“Yes, the direction is new and many probably would say that this is not a ‘true’ C&C, just as many did when the original Generals came out,”

The first thing to spring to mind was C&C4. I bet they said similar things then when they were talking about that game too.

 

You can’t just say a game is about being “fun to play, engaging, and [of] high quality … no game is about those things, just good games are those things by nature.

Personally, C&C for me is about the FMV cutscenese, and tongue in check story, and interesting single player missions. Of course multi player is important too… but my fondest memories are things like that level in tib sun where you have the hover tanks and if you get spotted all the orca bombers fuck you shit up… or Stalin from RA1 … or Cabal in his death throes.

 

Precisely. It’s not even shipping with a single player campaign this time around. True C&C sequel my foot.

 

i think this holds great potential
this could be the best C&C ever
i think it will come down to two things

1. how they handle balance
if they take a westwood stance on balance it will be great
if they go down the redalert 3 path and make certain units/teams completely op it will be a sham

2. how they handle F2P
if they make it a true free to play game akin to MWO & LOL it will be awesome
but it will be very hard for them to sell things that people will not mistake for power

IE, if they have the china team as free and you can buy the Russian skin set that converts china into Russia it will be ok, but if Russia is a completely separate faction with unique units that you need $ to buy people wont like that and feel like they are selling power

 
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