Command & Conquer campaign gameplay demo’d, story not written yet

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By on September 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

Here’s a new slice of gameplay footage taken from Command & Conquer’s campaign. Accompanying the new video, development director Tim Morten answered a few questions about the new game in an EA post.

One of his more interesting comments is that the story hasn’t been written yet; many people don’t realise that developers often design the arc of a campaign mode independently of the plot, and then tack something on afterwards. it works out, sometimes.

What story there is takes place directly after the original Generals – the free-to-play game was originally titled Generals 2 – and will concern the Global Liberation Army, with the European Union taking over from the US faction and the Asia Pacific Alliance has replaced the China faction. Later, there’ll be stories from the Tiberium setting. About a third of the units in the game are carried over from Generals, while a third are new and a third are modified.

Command & Conquer is expected by the end of spring. That’s our spring, not the northern hemisphere’s.

Source: EA

13 comments (Leave your own)
Bugalugs McScruffin

One of his more interesting comments is that the story hasn’t been written yet; many people don’t realise that developers often design the arc of a campaign mode independently of the plot, and then tack something on afterwards. it works out, sometimes.

He mentioned that the story had not been written for the Tiberium universe, but they haven’t started building anything for that part of the game yet. He never said anything about the Generals story having been written or not.

You are right, though that often games are designed and then a story weaved through the levels afterward to link them together.

 

C&C Generals universe was never about story anyway; I loved the skirmish and multiplayer aspects.

 

Goodo, happy to hear that Tiberium and RA titles are coming. Just don’t soil Tiberium with retconning references in Generals please.

 

I wonder if the maps are all going to be stupidly small like in 3, ruined the game for me.

 
James Pinnell

Pretty sure these interviewers have absolutely no idea about Command and Conquer.

 

nobody has noticed that the games past frostbite 2 (bad company 2) have had to use battlelog. this is probably gonna use an online system like that too

 

spike4379,

Is this bad? I haven’t played BF.

 

jme,

Depends on whether you like launching your game via your web browser or not. Some people hate it, some people love it. I’m in the former camp myself, I don’t like having two very different tasks (surfing the web, playing games) being mixed together for no good reason. They should have used a separate client like League of Legends, I love that system of not going into fullscreen until you actually start playing but dumping it into the web browser instead of a standalone client was the wrong thing to do.

 

exe3:
jme,

Depends on whether you like launching your game via your web browser or not. Some people hate it, some people love it. I’m in the former camp myself, I don’t like having two very different tasks (surfing the web, playing games) being mixed together for no good reason. They should have used a separate client like League of Legends, I love that system of not going into fullscreen until you actually start playing but dumping it into the web browser instead of a standalone client was the wrong thing to do.

Just resize your web browser to the size of the LoL launcher window and you’ll have exactly the same thing.

 

Hooray, another “RTS” where units take up 1/3rd of the screen… bring on Planetary Annihilation.

 
Bugalugs McScruffin

caitsith01:
Hooray, another “RTS” where units take up 1/3rd of the screen… bring on Planetary Annihilation.

I’m excited for PA as well, but why come here and complain about a game you don’t care about?

 

So how does SP fit into their free-to-play model? Will you end up buying the campaigns? I have no problem with that. I’d prefer that model to having to buy unit upgrades and similar micro-transactions just to play SP. The MP might be fun for a while but it’s always been the SP and AI skirmish that’s attracted me to C&C…

 
James Pinnell

c0mc0:
So how does SP fit into their free-to-play model? Will you end up buying the campaigns? I have no problem with that. I’d prefer that model to having to buy unit upgrades and similar micro-transactions just to play SP. The MP might be fun for a while but it’s always been the SP and AI skirmish that’s attracted me to C&C…

It would be likely that part of it is free, and you would pay for additional missions/campaigns.

 
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