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."