One of the all time greatest RTS series is finally getting the remastered version fans have been craving for – Command & Conquer!
In an announcement on their official news page, EA revealed more details about the planned remastered editions of Command & Conquer. Jim Vessella, a creative director and producer at EA, confirmed that both Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert will get remastered releases. The latter will also come bundled with expansions Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath – all complete without microtransactions.
Among the best pieces of information contained in Vessella’s post is this amazing tidbit: To maintain the authenticity of the remastered versions, EA is partnering with the original studio who first brought C&C to life – Petroglyph Games.
“Petroglyph Games includes many of the original developers from Westwood Studios, and some of the most influential members of the original Command & Conquer development team from 1995. Joe Bostic is known as the co-creator of C&C, having also served as the Lead Programmer on Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert. Steve Tall joined Joe as a Lead Programmer on Red Alert, and Mike Legg contributed to all forms of audio systems at Westwood, having been an employee since 1986! All three members helped start Petroglyph Games in 2003 after the closure of Westwood and are joined by a veteran group of RTS developers from the past 15+ years.”
EA is finally doing something that shockingly more companies aren’t – listening to their fans. Partnering with the original studio members is something that fans have been suggesting for years. In addition to the stellar cast already mentioned, the number one request fans had was to bring back Frank Klepacki, the man responsible for C&C’s legendary soundtrack. Somehow, EA managed to bring Klepacki back to be the composer and audio director for the remastered edition!
Vessella ended his post noting that fans can play a major role in determining the direction the remastered collection takes saying the following:
“The community is literally getting in on the ground floor of this project and have every opportunity to help influence how we build this remastered experience. Please continue to engage on Reddit and community channels and help us create the best possible remasters of C&C and Red Alert!”
Again, it makes perfect sense for a company to understand what fans expect and want of your product. EA is tapping into a free resource that will help transform the game into a major winner. It’s mind boggling how many companies seemingly turn a blind eye to what their fan base is saying about their games.
Kudos to EA for not only listening to the fans, but making them a major influential force in the development of the Command & Conquer remasters.
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