Command & Conquer canceled, Victory Games disbanded
posted on 10.29.13 at 02:58 PM EST by (@salromano)
Electronic Arts 'already looking at alternatives to get back on track.'

Electronic Arts has canceled its free-to-play Command & Conquer game and closed the development studio at Victory Games, the company announced.

“Thank you for your participation over the last few months in the Command & Conquer closed alpha test,” a message on the Command & Conquer website reads. “It’s been much appreciated, and you’ve been instrumental in helping define what a new Command & Conquer experience should and shouldn’t be.

“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.”

Command & Conquer was first announced at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards as Command & Conquer: Generals 2. It wasn’t re-branded Command & Conquer until August 2012, when it was announced the game would adapt a free-to-play model.

Now that it has been cancelled, Electronic Arts will be refunding all money spent by players during the game’s alpha test.

But Command & Conquer isn’t completely gone. Electronic Arts said it has “already begun looking at a number of alternatives to get the game back on track,” and are looking forward to sharing more news as it develops.

Victory Games, meanwhile, “will be disbanded,” Electronic Arts told Polygon. But the company is “working to help” its former staffers find other opportunities at Electronic Arts “wherever possible.”

  • bloodiOS

    There should be an award for the amount of studios that EA has closed.

    • BossTuff

      When acquired studios under perform and release crap then why keep them open? Now, there should be an award for “setting studios up for failure and then closing them down”, I could totally see EA winning that one.

  • shogunknight

    Daaww, i need a new tiberium or red alert game. So much fun

    • Blizzaja

      Command & Conquer: Red Alert 4!

  • Sal Romano

    Always terrible when a studio goes under.

    Here’s wishing them the best in finding new jobs.

    • Heisst

      Be honest, you’d be having a party if EA went under.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        to be honest no one honestly should be that’s people losing jobs we already have enough of that as it is.

      • Aiddon

        and anyone who does is a mean-spirited, petty, childish litlte twit who shouldn’t be taken seriously. It is NEVER good for industry when studios are closed and people lose their jobs.

      • MrFinalgamer

        not really. EA might have really bad practices, but that doesn’t mean that everyone under the EA umbrella should loose their jobs. plus it would be horrible for the industry for a giant like EA go under

    • Zero

      Agreed. Best of luck to everyone who is looking for a new job all of the sudden.

  • Kougeru

    Too bad Sword Girls didnt refund money for people who spent money days prior to them announcing closure. So props to EA for refunding

    • Luna Kazemaru

      LOL it actually happened huh I quit the game after beta because RNG but wow that was fast

  • Warboss Aohd

    somehow i’m not surprised.

  • Ace

    What a darn shame.

  • AdamBoy64

    I’m sorry to hear this.
    Command & Conquer is my favourite series on PC, by a long way.

    I think something more might come of C&C in the future, but I think it’ll be a few years before we hear anything.

  • Blizzaja

    How I feel about this…

  • Guest

    I wish I had never seen this… My day got ruined…

    • Blizzaja

      Mine and yours :[

  • Mar Mar

    What happened to WestWood Studios? Red Alert 2, Dune 2000, Emperor Dune and Generals were the very best RTS games ever made.

    • Ted

      For the most part the are Petroglyph studios, though aside from Star Wars:Empire at War, they’ve never really produced anything worthwhile IMO. Couldn’t recapture the magic they had with CNC.

  • Hidayat246

    what a suprise EA

  • Pani B

    EA have royally fucked everything since this gen of consoles has come about

  • Mike

    Glad it’s cancelled, they wanted to go to a “free to play” direction where you end up spending more than the game is worth if you want to buy every little unit and thing in the game. “For $2 more we can give you another 5000 crystals during this match”. No one likes these games. That business model for a game sucks. Not to mention it probably would depend completely on multiplayer action since AI generation isn’t real big on the “free” games out there.

  • Ted

    This is depressing. Although, with the way EA has destroyed this franchise in my eyes, namely with CNC 4, (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), I guess it’s a good thing. I didn’t want any free to play anyways. Would rather pay an outright fee for it. It’s sad that RTS games in general have gone so far downhill the last few years. I miss the golden age, AoE, Warcraft, CnC, TA, Cossacks, etc.