EA Cancels Command & Conquer

Electronic Arts announced this week that it has canceled Command & Conquer, the free-to-play reimagining of the popular real-time strategy game. In a blog post developer Victory Games announced that fan reaction to the alpha of the game is what put the final nail in the coffin for the project:

"Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out," a rep for developer Victory Games wrote in a blog post. "In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. 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. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve."

The post goes on to say that those who spent money in-game would be getting a refund.

In addition to the game being canceled by EA, it appears that the studio making it is shutting down. Employees of Victory Games tweeted that EA has shut the studio down and that they are losing their jobs. Command & Conquer was the only game the LA-based studio had been working on.

Command & Conquer was first announced as Command & Conquer: General 2 at the 2011 SPIKE VGAs. The game was to be a free-to-play multiplayer focused game, which EA has had challenges with in the past (see SimCity).

Sources: Polygon, Kotaku

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    NyuRena says:

    Stop trying to monetize every little #$%ing thing and give us a straight campaign/multi C&C generals like zero hour and I'm sold. Like the only thing that was missing from those great old ones was a nickel'dime play style and online idiots.

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    locopuyo says:

    I am still waiting for a real MMORTS.

    Something like StarCraft. But instead of small games that take place on small maps with 8 players I want one huge persistent game with thousands or millions of players that takes place on an entire planet or even multiple planets.

    I am sick of games that claim they are MMOs when they are just big lobbies with regular small game multiplayer instances.

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    Longjocks says:

    Um… so EA are suddenly concerned with creating a game the consumer wants to play? Then there's that whole Ubisoft turning away from punishing customers thing. When I activated the portal and stepped through I didn't expect to enter a world so topsy-turvy to the one I've been in my whole life.

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    grenaid says:

    I wonder if they looked at Age of Empires online shuttering and realized what a horrible thing they were about to do.  You can't sell strat to casuals, and you shouldn't microtransaction a competitive strat game. Duh.

    Now excuse me, I have to throw more money at Star Citizen.

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