An unusually candid statement, but distressing amounts of job losses all the same.
By Tim Colwill on October 30, 2013 at 10:40 am
EA has quite suddenly cancelled the upcoming free-to-play Command & Conquer and closed the studio developing it, citing alpha trial feedback that showed players really didn’t want what was on offer.
“Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out,” reads a message left on the official website. “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.”
“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.”
However, it looks like the franchise might not be dead just yet, with EA claiming that they’re exploring a number of other options. Anybody who has spent any money in the alpha will be getting a refund from EA over the next 10 days.
EA confirmed to Polygon that they were shuttering the developer and would work to find them other homes within EA studios.
The news comes as a shock after Victory Games just last week revealed that a closed beta test would begin in November.