Command & Conquer 4K Remaster Coming To PC
EA asked the original creators of Command & Conquer games to take on the 4k remasters of the classic games. Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, among other things, get a a remastered version.
EA announced that it will be partnering with Petroglyph in order to develop Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn Remaster. Not only that, but after the release of the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn Remaster, EA will start working on a remake for Command & Conquer Red Alert. Furthermore, all three expansion packs Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath will be bundled with the base games into one remastered collection, and they will not feature any microtransactions.
Command & Conquer, also known as C&C, is a real-time strategy video game franchise. Released in 1995, it was first developed by Westwood Studios, which was taken over by EA in 1998. The plot is set sometime in the near future, when the Earth becomes contaminated by something called Tiberium. The UN-formed Global Defense Initiative tries to contain it, while the Brotherhood of Nod wants to harness it. A global war ensues.
The game was followed by Command & Conquer: Red Alert in 1996, which is set in an alternate universe and billed as the prequel to the original. EA is promising that its new C&C remasters won’t have any “microtransactions”, and that the original creators of the series, who now work at Petroglyph Games, as well as “many” of the original Westwood Studios team, have been recruited to help EA create the remastered collection.
Composer Frank Klepacki has also returned. In a blog post, EA’s creative director, Jim Vessella, gushed about meeting the people behind C&C:
“On a personal note, I can tell you the past few weeks have been surreal. During my first visit to Petroglyph, I was able to brainstorm ‘C&C feel’ with Joe, sit with Frank and hear him recite Commando lines, and gab with Steve about whether we should fix the Tib Dawn Harvester AI. Getting to chat C&C with the original developers has been one of the highlights of my gamer journey.”
Finally, EA said it’s partnering with Lemon Sky Studios to “help bring these original games to 4K glory”. It described Lemon Sky as one of the premier art studios around the world. It specifically specialises in remastering RTS titles.
Don’t expect EA and Petroglyph’s Command & Conquer Remastered collection anytime soon. Vessella says that development hasn’t even started yet, but finds the silver lining here, saying that the community is “getting in on the ground floor of this project and have every opportunity to help influence how we build this remastered experience.”
The Command & Conquer series kicked off in 1995 with Westwood Studios’ original real-time strategy game. EA will release a new take on the franchise, Command & Conquer: Rivals, for Android and iOS this December.