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Real-time strategy in the gaming industry has had an extensive history even before the publication of Command & Conquer. However, the game has been one of the most influential of its kind, placing the genre firmly in the gaming landscape. Now, EA has released a statement of their plans with the franchise, starting with the remastering of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert.

The legacy

The Command & Conquer series started with its development at Westwood Studios, a studio well known for developing games of the same genre. While the genre was at its height at the time due to games like Warcraft and Starcraft, the Command & Conquer franchise was able to set itself apart from the rest with the appeal of its alternate timelines and memorable characters. Fans of the series would look back at the soundtrack, not to mention the campy cutscenes.

Remastering C&C

Last month, EA stated that they would be “bringing the franchise back to the PC, starting with a remaster initiative.” On November 14, 2018, they finally announced that they were teaming up with Lemon Sky Studios to remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert. The games would also be bundled up with The Covert Operations, Counterstrike, and The Aftermath expansion packs as a remastered collection.

The announcement doesn’t end there though. EA also revealed that they would be working alongside Petroglyph Games, a company that comprises key people who have worked with the original Command & Conquer games. People involved in the project include the following: President of Petroglyph Games, Mike Legg; Senior Producer, Ted Morris; and Audio Director, Frank Klepacki.

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I tried reaching out to Klepacki for comment. However, he stated that plans have just been literally set in motion. He did mention that he’s kicking around some ideas for the soundtrack, but assessing everything will take some time. In short, nothing is set in stone so we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, fans can head on to the Reddit thread to let the developers know their comments and suggestions.

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Source: Jim Vessella (EA) / Frank Klepacki / Reddit

Danielle Ordonez

Freelance writer who loves coffee and her 3 cats. Takes a lot of time before finishing a game. Japanophile.  Slightly scared of crowds.