Kane's Wrath - first look

But it’s the new Global Conquest mode, which promises C&C fans the most bang for their buck. “This is a turn-based strategy game, kind of like the board game, Risk. You have a world map where you can build bases, build up customizable strike forces, expand your empire, and try to conquer the world that way,” explained Vassella.

While we weren’t able to see the new Global Conquest mode, it sounds a lot like meta-campaigns we’ve seen in other RTS titles like Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade. And if Kane’s Wrath’s Global Conquest mode is anything like other Risk-esque campaigns we’ve seen before, it could conceivably add tons of replay value to what already looks like a solid expansion.

Above: New top-tier epic units, which are about three times the size of your average grunts, will also join your forces on the battlefield

PC Red Alerts
The PC version of Kane’s Wrath is scheduled to release on Mar 24. While no demo will be released, anyone who picks up a copy will receive a key, which grants access to the multiplayer beta for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

C&C fans would also do well to keep their eyes peeled for the April issue of PC Gamer. It hits stands on Mar 4 and will feature detailed reports on Red Alert 3.

360 Goodies
Like the developers of the 360 version of Supreme Commander, EA’s been trying to figure out how to tweak the controls to make RTS titles more accessible on consoles. Kane’s Wrath’s answer to the problem is the Radial Interface.

Instead of using the thumbstick to laboriously mimic the movement of the mouse, you can bring up a circular menu by pulling on the right trigger at any time. From here, you can quickly select units, queue build orders and fire off commands.

For PC gamers who instinctively assign groups of units and buildings to ‘ctrl’ groups, this new fangled approach to controlling RTS’ with a controller looks like it may be just as frustrating. But as more high profile RTS’ start working towards a more standardized control scheme like the Radial Interface, we may see a new generation of RTS fans who were introduced to the genre with games like C&C 3 and Supreme Commander on the 360 instead of titles like Dune II or StarCraft on the PC. Boy do we feel old.

It’d be great if owners of C&C 3 for the 360 could take advantage of the new Radial Interface through a downloadable update. While that won’t be happening anytime soon, there are lots of extra goodies in store for 360 owners.

Kane’s Challenge is a new mode exclusive to the 360 version, which will pit the player against the computer in various skirmish battles. Also, unlike the PC version, Kane’s Wrath is a stand-alone expansion, meaning that you won’t need the original C&C 3 to play it. In fact, Kane’s Wrath will also ship with all the units, maps, and updates from C&C 3.

The PC version of Kane’s Wrath is scheduled to release on Mar 24 while the 360 version has a tentative release date slated for sometime this summer. In the meantime, click here for the latest screenshots from Kane’s Wrath and check back for more news on the latest expansion to the C&C universe.

Feb 18, 2008

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000