EA has confirmed that they will remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, and associated expansion packs for these games.
This news comes from EA producer Jim Vessella who took to the Command & Conquer subreddit to share the good news. Knowing that fans might be hesitant to celebrate considering that this is still EA that we’re talking about, Vessella also revealed that Petroglyph Games (which employs several of the people who worked on the original versions of these Command & Conquer games) will be developing the remasters.
“How are we possibly going to remaster these titles while maintaining the authenticity of the original experiences?,” said Vessella. “Bottom line, there is no better way to achieve this than to partner with some of the talented developers who brought these original games to life.”
Members of Petroglyph games spoke about some of their plans for these remasters by revealing that they will receive 4K upgrades as well as a variety of technical and gameplay improvements. They say that their goal is to “turn back the clock” and add what they would have wanted to see in these Command & Conquer titles. Sadly, it sounds like they’re only getting started on the development of these titles. That means that we likely won’t see these remasters for quite some time.
The discussion regarding these remasters started when EA producer Jim Vessella dropped in on the Command & Conquer subreddit to talk about the upcoming Command & Conquer mobile game. He was very…diplomatic concerning the franchise fanbase’s reaction to the game and the call for a proper Command & Conquer title on PC.
“As most of you may know, we recently announced Command & Conquer: Rivals, a mobile game set in the Command & Conquer universe,” said Vassella. “Following the reveal of Rivals, we heard you loud and clear: the… community also wants to see the franchise return to PC. And as a fan of C&C for over 20 years, I couldn’t agree more. With that in mind we’ve been exploring some exciting ideas regarding remastering the classic PC games, and already have the ball rolling on our first effort to celebrate the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary.”
Following its lukewarm E3 2018 reception, Command & Conquer: Rivals was thoroughly bashed by just about every fan of the series and gamers in general. It’s a decent enough looking mobile game so far as that goes, but it bears no real resemblance to the Command & Conquer franchise as it was in its prime. It’s certainly not enough to compete with the best modern RTS games out there.
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