Command & Conquer cancelled, developer closed: “we are not making the game you want to play”

Command & Conquer

By 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.

25 comments (Leave your own)

Coming soon: mobile based freemium Command and Conquer game! Much more lucrative I say.

Edit: got my C&C games mixed up. Meh. C&C hasn’t been decent for a looooong time anyway.

 
Artful-dodgeR

Make a paid C&CS Generals and I’ll be all over it. None of this F2P shit, just make a proper damn game.

 

They haven’t been making any C&C game I “want to play” for about 10 years now.
Oh how I miss the original/Red Alert.

 

I was looking forward to playing the closed beta, So much great work already went into this game and to be honest after watching all the closed alpha footage I think it just needed some balancing issues worked on, Also needed some final touches on the UI before it launched early next year.

Oh well hopefully someday we will finally get the long awaited Generals 2..

 
Some_Bored_Dude

stoibs,

Agree with you there. The UI was simple, game play was tops, and such fun with friends. Generals was good too, but I always found myself drawn back to C&C ’95!

 

So…August last year they switch from a campaign based game to a free to play multiplayer game. Big outcry. Eventually offer a peacemeal singleplayer campaign x months after official release. Then, over a year later, they finally figure out this isn’t what people wanted in the first place.

Well done EA!

 

vcatkiller:
So…August last year they switch from a campaign based game to a free to play multiplayer game.Big outcry.Eventually offer a peacemeal singleplayer campaign x months after official release.Then, over a year later, they finally figure out this isn’t what people wanted in the first place.

Well done EA!

Only problem is the game you want doesn’t make money and no sane established developer tries to make risky games.

 

rapid101,

Well to be honest I’ve never been super interested in the C&C series. However, look at the large outcry when this one went free to play. Obviously a lot of people wanted a campaign based C&C game, not a free to play multiplayer one. Otherwise this would have succeeded, no?

 

vcatkiller,

Probably can find just as many people who’ll be unhappy if they make a new generals game and talk about the campaign, from people who only want it for multiplayer.

I don’t think what the vocal people yell about is good justification either way.

 

The smart thing would be to repackage up what has been made already into a free download like Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Let people set up the servers and keep the game going.

I’d be happy with 9 Generals, a bunch of units that I’m assuming have had moderate balancing done already and a dozen maps.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep playing Tiberium Alliances to get my fix of C&C.

 

someboreddude,

’95?! Oh jesus you’re right! damn… Where has the time gone :O

 

Given HD remakes of RTS games seem to be all the rage, remaking C&C Generals in the frostbite engine would be sweeeeet.

 

makena,

Well true, that said marketing a C&C game as either completely a single player experience or completely a multiplayer experience is a bad idea. I have great memories of playing through C&C campaigns with its cheezy cut scenes and trying to figure out how to complete objectives and build my base effectively, I also have great memories of playing multiplayer maps against friends over LAN and watching the horror on my friend’s face (or creating said horrified expression myself) when a plan comes together. Subterranean apcs and engineers ho! :P

EA dropping the solo campaign and then trying to offer it as a peace offering down the track was going to backfire. While folk who were only interested in the mp wouldn’t have cared, the campaign is rather an important part of the series. If Battlefield dropped the multiplayer component and decided to go completely single player there’d be a similar outcry, don’t you think? Just look at the response when EA started promoting BF4 by showing us single player campaign clips. It didn’t go down well did it?

 

FFS when will they get this right.. Generals 2, campaign, skirmish, multiplayer, $50. do it.

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

think they might be telling porkies, i mean whens the last ea games game that last came out that you thoguht to yourself. “wow this has no errors, exploites, bugs and plays really really good, they must have taking a long time with QA testing to get it like this”

either that or they chose the COD xbox 5min concentration kids to play test with.

not saying it would of been good or bad, but from early stuff it still seemed like a decent 7/10 game, i mean its looking better then rouge warrior, or c&c 4.

 

Poor RTS genre, will we ever get decent games again? I really wonder if AoE:O could have done ok if it was launched in a decent state.

F2P is really an excellent way of getting marketers and businessmen to wreck decent games.

 

Part of me is laughing inside, for once instead of listening to the crybabies that ruin a games design they just canned it.

“IF YOU TWO DON’T SHUT UP BACK THERE I;M TURNING THIS CAR AROUND AND WE’RE GOING HOME! NO DISNEYLAND FOR ANYONE!”.

 

rapid101: Only problem is the game you want doesn’t make money and no sane established developer tries to make risky games.

*COUGH*STARCRAFTII*COUGH*

 

caitsith01: *COUGH*STARCRAFTII*COUGH*

*Cough* South Korea *Cough*

:D

 

Reminds me of the Fast and Furious movies, they only made 1 that was about cars and that was Tokyo Drift.
C&C have only made 3 real C&C games in recent memory (RA2 + addons, C&C3, RA3 was barely passable).

Lets hope they don’t fuck up the Total Annihilation reboot/remake (always preferred TA to all the modern games) or ill have to choke a bitch!

 
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