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Free-to-play Command & Conquer canceled in response to fan feedback

Electronic Arts has stopped development on the free-to-play Command & Conquer and disbanded its development studio. A post on the official site's news section revealed that negative response to the game's alpha trial spurred the decision.

"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," the update read. "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."

EA plans to refund any money players have spent in the game over the next 10 days.

Game Informer contacted EA and confirmed that Victory Games, the studio which has worked on the game since its inception as Command & Conquer: Generals 2, is no more. The publisher will attempt to find other positions within the company for its employees wherever possible.

"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," the post concluded. "To that end, we have already begun looking at a number of alternatives to get the game back on track. We look forward to sharing more news about the franchise as it develops."

4 comments

  • AgentSmith2518 - October 29, 2013 10:46 p.m.

    As sad as I am to see the game canceled in its state, I'm glad that they were able to recognize that it needed work. I'm hoping this means the game will still be made, just made better.
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - October 29, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOO! This makes me so freaking sad! C&C Generals is easily my favorite RTS of all time, and I was literally just barely talking to my brother in law about how excited I was for this game to be released. In fact, I was in the process of installing Zero Hero onto my computer to get myself excited once more. Looks like this old Zero Hour CD is all I have now...sniff sniff...
  • Outofmanyone - October 29, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    I only played one match of the alpha version and that was enough for me. It was not good at all, especially compared to the best of the series. The interface was not very user friendly, the soundtrack was actually just songs from Generals(I should know, I love that score), some of the sounds effects were from past games, and in one match I ran into plenty of AI issues and command glitches. I think it's safe to say this is for the better.
  • ombranox - October 29, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    I hate to say it, but there were quite a few ways EA could have been seriously dickish about this, but they weren't.

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