Command & Conquer Remaster Inbound

By Joe Robinson 12 Oct 2018 1

You may or may not have spotted that there was a Command & Conquer announcement at E3 this year… except it was for a F2P mobile game called C&C: Rivals. To be fair, it seems that it may not that bad of a game, but it definitely got caught in the crossfire as long-term franchise fans expressed their disappointment that this was the best they were going to get.

Now, nearly four months later, it seems something may have actually come of all the protests. Jim Vessella, a producer at EA who worked on Red Alert 3 appeared on the /r/commandandconquer subreddit last night to drop this bombshell:

As most of you may know, we recently announced Command & Conquer: Rivals, a mobile game set in the Command & Conquer universe. Following the reveal of Rivals, we heard you loud and clear: the Command & Conquer 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.

We are eager to hear your feedback to help influence our current thoughts for PC and what comes next. Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking to fans in a variety of ways. In the meantime, please share your thoughts here on the subreddit.

To save you some googling, the original Command & Conquer game graced out PCs in 1995, which means the 25th Anniversary will be in 2020.

As PCGN point out, Vessella mentions “games” in the plural sense, so it’s possible we’ll see more than one remaster. Maybe not for the anniversary, it really depends what’s meant by “first effort” in that same sentence.

I guess a remaster is the best we could have hoped for, under the circumstances, although it’s debatable whether the original C&C should be considered the best example of that franchise. Vessella doesn't actually confirm that the first game is the one they'll be remastering - only that they're using that game's anniversary as the launch window.

The RTS genre in general is still struggling to escape the shadow of MOBAs and eSports endeavours that’s dominated the market in recent years. Perhaps the upcoming release of Age of Empires 4 will show whether mainstream, non-competitive RTS games still have a place.

You can check out more great RTS games in our handy guide.

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