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Command & Conquer F2P reboot cancelled

Command & Conquer F2P reboot cancelled

EA's planned Command & Conquer reboot, formerly known as C&C: Generals 2, has been cancelled and the studio responsible disbanded.

Electronic Arts has scrapped plans to reboot the Command & Conquer real-time strategy series as a free-to-play title, shutting the game down ahead of its beta stage and closing the studio responsible.

Originally announced back in 2012 as a new direction for a planned Command & Conquer: Generals sequel, the game was in development by Victory Studios until being shut down this week. Built on the DICE Frostbite engine, the game initially promised campaign-based single-player gameplay before switching to a more massively multiplayer model using the free-to-play model - in other words, allowing players to trade real-world cash for in-game assets to gain an advantage over the opposition.

The game had been running a closed alpha test for the past few months, and had planned to open up to a wider beta in the near future. Sadly, however, that is now not going to happen with EA officially pulling the plug on the title and closing Victory Studios down.

'Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. 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,' a Victory Studios spokesperson explained on the company's website. 'Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve.'

Interestingly, despite being in alpha status players were granted the ability to spend real-world cash on the game - cash that will now be refunded in full, the studio has confirmed.

'We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential and a great history, and we are determined to get the best game made as soon as possible. To that end, we have already begun looking at a number of alternatives to get the game back on track,' the spokesperson concluded. 'We look forward to sharing more news about the franchise as it develops. Thank you again for your participation and support.'

Speaking to GameInformer, EA confirmed that Victory Studios will be closed as a result of the cancellation. 'This does mean that the Victory Games team will be disbanded,' a company spokesperson told the site. 'Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities with EA.'

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Hamfunk 30th October 2013, 12:14 Quote
Give me a re-release of red alert 1 with some new maps and missions!

The pinnacle of command and conquer.
aLtikal 30th October 2013, 12:19 Quote
Shame really because I was enjoying a few games here and there on this. Cant really see why there was so much negativeness towards it. I think it was the F2P model that actually hurt it? Fundementally the last thing you want is an uneven battlefield because the opponent has more IRL money than you.
[USRF]Obiwan 30th October 2013, 14:02 Quote
It's P2W (Pay 2 Win) not F2P. And doing no single player campaigns at all in C&C universe is a nail in the coffin.
edzieba 30th October 2013, 14:03 Quote
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Cant really see why there was so much negativeness towards it.
The same reason the initially announced XCOM FPS was universally reviled: it doesn't matter if the game was good (it turned out to be crap anyway), it had ****-all to do with the games it was wearing the name of.

Same here. If it's supposedly a Command & Conquer game, then people want a RTS with strong base-building and large numbers of units. To be handed a F2P MOBA-with-tanks with the C&C logo pasted on is not going to go down well.
ObsCure 30th October 2013, 14:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamfunk
Give me a re-release of red alert 1 with some new maps and missions!

The pinnacle of command and conquer.

+1
CrazyJoe 30th October 2013, 15:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamfunk
Give me a re-release of red alert 1 with some new maps and missions!

The pinnacle of command and conquer.

Tb-gI_pFog0
Neogumbercules 31st October 2013, 00:04 Quote
My thoughts would just be a repeating of what the rep said. They weren't making the game that CnC fans want to play. I used to be involved in the community and IMO EA paid way too much attention to the loudmouths at gamereplays.org who basically hold the opinion that competitive MP is the only body that the RTS genre should inhabit and anything else is garbage. This is a totally false point of view, especially to the CnC fan base who enjoy the SP campaigns way more than MP.

Unfortuantely EA has been unable to find much of a middle ground, outside of RA3, which was great. CNC4 was garbage on all accounts and CnC3 took the series backwards and tried to retcon most of Tib Sun and Firestorm.

As a CnC fan it's frustrating because it's so obvious what they should do with the franchise but they just won't do it.
lilgoth89 31st October 2013, 00:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neogumbercules
As a CnC fan it's frustrating because it's so obvious what they should do with the franchise but they just won't do it.

pretty much Command And Conquer the first decade HD editions with complete bundled map creators with open to create campaigns and scenarios, reworked AI that assaulted in bigger waves each time.

or simply Red Alert 1 + 2 on the new frostbite engine, I wouldn't even mind the original cheesy cut scenes
dark_avenger 1st November 2013, 06:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamfunk
Give me a re-release of red alert 1 with some new maps and missions!

The pinnacle of command and conquer.

+1
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Originally Posted by CrazyJoe
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Still got the whole sound track ripped around here somewhere. Always gets to pumped to play.
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