EA has today made a surprising announcement and cancelled the currently-in-development free-to-play real-time strategy game, Command & Conquer, while choosing to close developer Victory Games.
According to a report on Polygon, the team at Victory Games is being disbanded but that where possible, EA will work to “help these talented people find other opportunities within EA.”
A New (and Very Different) Future For C&C
In a message on the official Command & Conquer website, Victory Games addressed its players with a post titled ‘A New Future for Command & Conquer,’ thanking participants for their feedback and helping to define “what a new Command & Conquer experience should and shouldn’t be.”
Player feedback during the alpha trial of Command & Conquer, however, reads the post, lead the team to believe that it is “not making the game you want to play,” after shifting away from a campaign-driven game to an economy-based multiplayer experience. As a result, and “after much difficult deliberation,” it has been decided that production on this version of the game will cease.
Victory and EA has committed to refunding “any and all” money spent in the alpha and if you have any questions about the process, you should visit help.ea.com.
We’re Not Going to Say Goodbye…
“We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential and a great history,” the end of the post read, “and we are determined to get the best game made as soon as possible. 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. Thank you again for your participation and support.”
Are you at all surprised by the news? Did you participate in the alpha and what did you think of the game so far?