If you tuned in for our E3 2018 coverage or read the recap of EA’s press conference you probably remember the announcement of the first new Command & Conquer title in many years, Rivals. Fan reaction was a little mixed, since Rivals is a mobile game whilst most C&C fans are PC players, first and foremost.
It seems EA was paying attention to the level of hubbub and have now started putting out feelers within the community for what they’d most like to see in a fully fledged return of the franchise.
The statement by EA Producer Jim Vessella is as follows.
Fellow Command & Conquer fans,
My name is Jim Vessella, and I’m a Producer at Electronic Arts. Ten years ago I had the pleasure of being on the production team for Command & Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3, along with being the Lead Producer on Kane’s Wrath. During those years, some of my favorite moments were interacting with our passionate community, whether at our onsite Community Summits, on the forums, or while attending various events such as Gamescom.
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.
As a long time C&C fan and developer, I am just as passionate about the C&C franchise as you are, and look forward to hearing your thoughts as they help us shape the future of C&C at EA!
(Source: /r/CommandandConquer )
A similar statement appeared on the OpenRA website, which is worth mentioning since the OpenRA project is itself an effort to recreate some of the older games in C&C and related franchises. For EA to reach out in a friendly manner to a fan creation, rather than with lawyers as many companies do, is quite noteworthy.
What, exactly, this relaunch on PC might entail is still up in the air. While Jimtern mentions remastering the classic games, what that means can vary wildly by company. Some do the bare minimum to get games running under more modern operating systems while others create entirely new engines with updated graphics and quality of life improvements.
If Command & Conquer returning in any way other than as a mobile title is something you’re into, you should definitely go make your voice heard. And stay tuned for further opportunities!