The F2P version of Command & Conquer seemed interesting on paper. This title was advertised as one of the biggest free to play games, that would be sporting triple-A visuals thanks to Frostbite 3. Well, bad news for all those looking forward to it as the game has been officially cancelled.
As Victory Studios revealed, the initial reaction from the game’s closed alpha test was disheartening. According to the team, the message it got was that C&C was not the game its fan base wanted to. As a result of that – and instead of… you know… listening to the fan base and making the appropriate changes – the team decided to cancel the game.
“Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. 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.”
Now I don’t want to be THAT guy, but my gut says that Electronic Arts felt the need to scrap its F2P plans in order to develop a proper title that will be hitting as many platforms as possible, in both retail and digital form.
The team concluded that it is determined to get the best game made as soon as possible, and that it’s already looking at alternatives to get the game back on track.
“We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential and a great history, 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.”
And that is that everyone!