Thursday, August 23, 2012

More bad news for Command & Conquer

EA recently announced that Command & Conquer 2 Generals is cancelled and the new Command & Conquer will be free to play. If that wasn't troubling enough on its own there is now more to crush the soul of any die-hard fan of the long running real time strategy series that goes all the way back to 1995, which was back when the beloved Westwood Studios was still around. A few days ago PC Gamer did an article on the new Command & Conquer and revealed more information. They were told by Bioware Victory's general manager, John Van Caneghem, that this new Command & Conquer will have no singleplayer and will be largely focused on E-sports. It will be entirely multiplayer at launch and will seemingly contain little that people love the series for. Cangehem's also said how the studio, "really wants to get back to the roots of what made Command & Conquer great." As a fan of the original Command & Conquers, everything up to Generals, that is almost offensive. Singleplayer is what many people loved about the original games, especially with the real actors and actresses playing out their often ridiculous roles as GDI or NOD.

Few would deny that people also enjoy Command & Conquer for its multiplayer components, but it was never had a massive multiplayer community like Starcraft or Warcraft. Thankfully Cangehem did say that game will have cooperative missions at launch, so at least there will be some kind of singleplayer-ish missions in there, but they really seem to want to turn the series into something that doesn't befit the Command & Conquer name. Is their free to play scenario turns out to be pay to win, meaning you can purchase with real money items or units that give you an in-game advantage, then it will likely be the death of this series. There is a bit it over at the PC Gamer article, so do check out that, but it seems I will just have to hold out hope for Planetary Annihilation and Company of Heroes 2. Thanks for reading and as pessimistic as I am about this game don't think hope is entirely lost just yet, no one can be certain of that until they try the finished product.
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-Written by Sean Cargle


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