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EA cancels Free to play Command and Conquer

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Remember that Command and Conquer game that was teased as being the new game from RPG hitmaker Bioware? Yes, the one that was originally supposed to be Generals 2 – then became a free to play RTS under the helm of the newly renamed Victory Games? Well, you may as well forget about it, because it’s been cancelled.

EA confirmed the games’ cancellation in a blog post.

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. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve.

It’s odd; EA was pushing the game really hard at E3 and Gamescom this year – even trying to shoehorn the thing in to its Gamescom presentation by trying to show it off as some sort of really competitive eSport title by forcing us to watch a live on-stage 1v1 match between random dudes.

Well, they’re not pushing it anymore; it’s pretty clear people weren’t happy about the campaign-less, free-to-play, pay-to-win thing. Unfortunately, this sort of thing doesn’t come without casualties; it’s been reported that Victory Games has been shut down entirely.

They’ll now be using the assets and information they’ve got so far to make a new Command and Conquer game – though I’m not sure anyone really cares anymore.

Honestly, I used to love the Command and Conquer franchise back when it was in Westwood’s hands. Since acquiring that studio (and subsequently shutting it down) EA has pissed away what could have been one of the pre-eminent names in RTS gaming.

Last Updated: October 30, 2013

105 Comments

  1. RangerMossel

    October 30, 2013 at 07:49

    On a different note – Do not click this link: http://store.steampowered.com/sale/halloween2013

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 30, 2013 at 07:57

      LOOOOOOOL

      Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 07:58

        It’s already too late for me. Run! Dont look back!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 30, 2013 at 07:59

          I looked, but then swiftly looked at my backlog, and proceeded with downloads of games not yet played

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            October 30, 2013 at 09:58

            This was my reaction as well. Not bought one game.

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 07:59

        Also, Rise of the Triad 50% off!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 30, 2013 at 08:03

          NOT LOOKING AGAIN!!!!

          Reply

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 30, 2013 at 08:04

      Clive Barker’s Jericho for like $1.78 (very evil game that)

      Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 08:08

        You guys spoke about Vampire The Masquerade the other day, guess whats on sale…

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 30, 2013 at 08:09

          Bloodlines was AWESOME!

          Reply

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:11

            Yeah Im definitely buying it! I like them scary games!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Get flipping hell what is it called… you only use a torch just got released on steam.. tall creepy dude follows you and stuff.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Get flipping hell what is it called… you only use a torch just got released on steam.. tall creepy dude follows you and stuff.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:14

            Tall Creepy Dude: The Following. Torch Chronicles Chapter 1.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:14

            no man it was launched on 28th! slender comes to mind..

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            Tall Creepy Dude: The Following. Torch Chronicles Chapter 28.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            NO!!! Ill find it flipping hell..

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            lol. Slender?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:18

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:24

            I’d much rather get the cheap Pinball FX table, I didn’t see that last night.

            For anyone wondering, Deadlight is a really cool little side-scroller. It’s very short though, only spent around 4 hours – but it’s a good 4 hours.

          • Umar heartless

            October 30, 2013 at 08:31

            Felt more like a puzzle platformer. Thought it was going to be more horror-is. Also controls are not so tight

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:55

            True, I liked the story though – ending was really good.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            NO!!! Ill find it flipping hell..

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 30, 2013 at 08:28

            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            Tall Creepy Dude: The Following. Torch Chronicles Chapter 28.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            Tall Creepy Dude: The Following. Torch Chronicles Chapter 28.

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            Slender?

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:18

            Love that game. Wonder how the second one is, I see it’s $7
            You should get Gary’s mod dude!
            You can BE slender

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:19

            66 Rating on metacritic, I promised myself to buy nothing that isn’t at least 80/100.

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:22

            Very wise. My brain couldn’t handle it last night when I saw that sale. Too late now.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:18

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 30, 2013 at 08:12

          I have the PHYSICAL copy

          🙂

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Me too. Let’s get physical!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Me too. Let’s get physical!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Me too. Let’s get physical!

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:14

            Dammit! Couldnt find one at kalahari and takealot!

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:14

            Dammit! Couldnt find one at kalahari and takealot!

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 30, 2013 at 08:12

          I have the PHYSICAL copy

          🙂

          Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 30, 2013 at 08:12

          I have the PHYSICAL copy

          🙂

          Reply

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 30, 2013 at 08:12

          Bought that already. Last night when the sale came on I went nuts. Still spent less than 600 Randelas and five games later. Steam is the best.

          Reply

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Steam is bestest!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            It’s the greaaaatest!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:14

            Physical copies are better!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            Not when it’s under R100 per game and it’s not special editions or original releases.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            I still like to see a dvd box..

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:17

            I agree, I like them physical copies. But I’d be out of storage space by now if it wasn’t for Steam.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:38

            means you have a problem…

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:40

            Steam is not a problem. It’s a privilege.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            I still like to see a dvd box..

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            Not when it’s under R100 per game and it’s not special editions or original releases.

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            Not when it’s under R100 per game and it’s not special editions or original releases.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:14

            Physical copies are better!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            It’s the greaaaatest!

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Steam is bestest!

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:13

            Steam is bestest!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            steam = backlog..

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:16

            I’ve actually been catching up on my backlog, then the Halloween sale happened.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            steam = backlog..

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            steam = backlog..

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 30, 2013 at 08:12

          Bought that already. Last night when the sale came on I went nuts. Still spent less than 600 Randelas and five games later. Steam is the best.

          Reply

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 30, 2013 at 08:12

          Bought that already. Last night when the sale came on I went nuts. Still spent less than 600 Randelas and five games later. Steam is the best.

          Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 30, 2013 at 08:07

      I saw that last night, clicked the link because I was curious, went O_O, then -_- no don’t look.

      Reply

    • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

      October 30, 2013 at 08:11

      Can’t open that at work. Is it the Halloween sale?

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 30, 2013 at 08:12

        Yes, and there’s a lot there.

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 30, 2013 at 08:12

        Yes, and there’s a lot there.

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 30, 2013 at 08:12

        Yes, and there’s a lot there.

        Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 08:12

        Indeed good Sir. Im going for Rise of the Triad, Outlast and Vampire the Masquerade. Thats it. No more.

        Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 08:12

        Indeed good Sir. Im going for Rise of the Triad, Outlast and Vampire the Masquerade. Thats it. No more.

        Reply

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 30, 2013 at 08:13

          Oh, well, I obviously outdid myself and my bank account

          Reply

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:15

            I might have lied a bit. Im also getting Left for Dead 2, but only because my friends keep nagging me to play co op with them!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:19

            I got that too. But I sommer got both. Great fun co-op

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 08:21

            Yeah for like R25 more it would be stupid not to!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 30, 2013 at 08:29

            We should jam!

          • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

            October 30, 2013 at 08:31

            Yes!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 30, 2013 at 08:29

            Yeah man, we should co-op!!!

          • RangerMossel

            October 30, 2013 at 09:07

            It is done then!

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 30, 2013 at 08:13

          Oh, well, I obviously outdid myself and my bank account

          Reply

        • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

          October 30, 2013 at 08:13

          Oh, well, I obviously outdid myself and my bank account

          Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 08:12

        Indeed good Sir. Im going for Rise of the Triad, Outlast and Vampire the Masquerade. Thats it. No more.

        Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      October 30, 2013 at 08:18

      I don’t know weather to thank you or curse you for this…

      I’m going to go with “Thank you kind sir for the excellent service.”

      Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 08:23

        Why thank you, how very kind.

        Reply

    • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

      October 30, 2013 at 09:02

      Oooh, can I also play this game? Do not click this link -> http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/

      Reply

      • RangerMossel

        October 30, 2013 at 09:09

        NOO!! What have you done!? Now I must finnish this before the day ends!

        Reply

  2. Kensei Seraph

    October 30, 2013 at 07:51

    That header… Bad Geoffrey.

    Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      October 30, 2013 at 07:52

      😀

      Reply

      • InsanityFlea

        October 30, 2013 at 07:55

        Win all round there!

        Reply

      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 30, 2013 at 08:16

        No really. That header is seriously the best thing you have done in a long time my friend. I laughed. People looked at me funny. Bad mood gone. I owe ya a beer!

        Reply

  3. InsanityFlea

    October 30, 2013 at 07:55

    ah well. NEXT!

    Reply

  4. ElimiNathan

    October 30, 2013 at 07:58

    Hectic stuff

    Reply

  5. Pieter Kruger

    October 30, 2013 at 08:04

    This really pisses me off! Was looking forward to a new C&C ffs! They need to make a big bad ass back to basics C&C or Dune! No fancy 3d graphics and shit, just 100’s of units, upgrades and an off the scale SP campaign! Maybe combine a C&C/Dune with a Homeworld type RTS! ????

    Reply

    • No Longer SIR Twakkus

      October 30, 2013 at 08:18

      Its really sad man. I knew when I heard about the free to play that it was going to be a disaster. Its as sad day for all RTS fans.

      Reply

    • Double-O-Six and a half

      October 30, 2013 at 09:13

      Supreme Commander meets Dune meets original (Westwood Studios) C&C… Now that would be an AWESOME offline game… the scale of the maps of Supreme Commander and the RTStrategic elements of Dune and C&C… They could call it “Supreme Dune Conqueror” 😉

      Reply

  6. TiMsTeR1033

    October 30, 2013 at 08:09

    Does anyone really care about this…. SERIOUSLY?

    Reply

  7. Gareth L

    October 30, 2013 at 08:10

    Calling it Command & Conquer doesn’t make it Command & Conquer. I’m glad that the people are catching on to this.

    In other news, Homeword 3 is in development! 😀

    Reply

  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 30, 2013 at 08:11

    Not surprised, honestly who was excited about a F2P C&C RTS? Acronym lovers, that’s who.

    Reply

    • John's (JJ's) Steaming backlog

      October 30, 2013 at 08:25

      IDK TBH IDC

      Reply

  9. Umar heartless

    October 30, 2013 at 08:27

    Turning a well known series into F2P is never a good idea …sigh……..when will these idiots ever learn…
    Lemme just go an play Plants VS Zombies 2…….oh wait 🙁

    Reply

  10. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 30, 2013 at 08:28

    Well done EA. Another franchise killed. Hope you are happy.

    Sheesh. Who would have thought that people would be unhappy with a pay-to-win, no campaigne, multiplayer only RTS.

    REALLY!? Really!???? Come on! Get a grip and realise this forced always online thing is a bad idea already!

    GAH!!!

    /rant

    Reply

    • SaintsRowNigri

      October 30, 2013 at 08:34

      Yeah, did you also wish to see a Leprechaun in your garden? That is more likely to happen…

      Reply

  11. Craig Salter

    October 30, 2013 at 08:39

    i clicked the link NOOOO there goes my pay and a new backlog to play

    Reply

  12. El Capitan del Blade

    October 30, 2013 at 08:51

    The Only Way for EA to fix the franchise is to re-open Westwood Studios, hire back the Old Louis Castle led team. And give us a proper ending to the Tiberium Universe, CnC 4 doesn’t exist in my book. The Franchise Ended with Red Alert 3.

    Reply

  13. oVg

    October 30, 2013 at 08:53

    The only things that should be FREE are the things that were FREE game unlocks back in the day. Skins, side-quests, extra weapons, extra characters, difficulty and different endings.

    OTHERWISE I am more than happy to pay $60 for a GOOD SOLID OFF LINE SINGLE PLAYER game.

    Get your heads out of your bums and admit that SIM SHITTY was a fail. We will go to ZYNGA if we want to be clueless gamers.

    Reply

  14. Lardus-Resident Perve

    October 30, 2013 at 11:25

    Generals Zero Hour was a great game. The first Nod/GDI/Aliens one was OK. After that it all just started to suck.

    Reply

    • Maxiviper117

      October 30, 2013 at 13:08

      Generals was the best ever Command and conquer

      Reply

  15. hendrik

    October 30, 2013 at 14:22

    I want to play Red Alert 1 NOW! where can one get that these days?

    Reply

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