Starting on November 15th 2012, XWIS (the official online service for classic C&C games) is inviting all players to "invade" the XWIS servers and play in what is being billed "MID MONTH YURI MADNESS" and there are prizes to be won!
Here's the blurb:
YURI MADNESS is a chance to reunite with some of your C&C buddies online, and play some 3 vs 3’s, or 2 vs 2’s (for fun) and WIN PRIZES JUST FOR PLAYING AND TAKING PART! The fun starts soon but in the meantime, dust off your CD’s, reinstall the game, get practising, get your clans organised and tell all of your buddies!
To celebrate the release of C&C The Ultimate Collection (see previous post) we have four free copies to give away courtesy of EA - they're in the form of digital download codes for use with EA's Origin system.
The Command and Conquer series is 17 years old and to celebrate EA are releasing a Origin-enabled download-only compilation featuring all 17 games updated for Windows Vista and Windows 7. It's being called Command & Conquer - The Ultimate Collection.
It also includes a CD soundtrack and poster as well as 'early access' to the next C&C game. Here's hoping they do a better job with this than they did with The First Decade
That's right; C&C: Generals 2 will not feature a Singleplayer campaign at launch. This frankly insulting revelation was made in an interview at PC Gamer in which lead developer John Van Caneghem said:
[We] Really want to get back to the roots of what made Command & Conquer great. Generals 2 will let us harvest and throw up bases in order to build a zillion units and go out and kill all the bad guys
JVC seems to have completely overlooked the rich fiction surrounding the C&C universes expertly told in singleplayer campaigns through out beloved FMVs. Whatever Singleplayer is added will no doubt be a chargeable addon released at a later date.
Once I got over the shock of this glaring release announcement I suppose I'm not so surprised given EA management's insistence on releasing C&C4 with a campaign so lacking in direction it seemed like a mere afterthought - it seems that they're going the whole hog in Generals 2 and getting rid of it entirely.
Given EA's atrocious record of giving the developers the resources to support C&C games post-launch you'll forgive my scepticism when I don't believe half this will materialise. Does anyone remember the promised Generals Ladder Kits, the Red Alert 3 match-making website or the website-to-game messaging services that never materialised?
This comes as a disappointment to me following the release of the beautiful Gamescom trailer last week:
Renegade X, whilst not strictly a C&C mod, is a free, standalone game which sees Renegade brought to life using the Unreal engine. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful title related to C&C yet to be made and the multiplayer releases of the highest quality.
But today, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the game, the single-player campaign has been released! This demonstration is complete with a short 10-part campaign, custom cinematics and fantastic gameplay. It will be an opportunity for you to get used to all the weapons, vehicles, characters, and changes before the upcoming multiplayer release.
Operation Black Dawn takes place on a small island in the Black Sea. The island has been turn into a fortress belonging to the Brotherhood of Nod, an international terrorist organization.
Satellite images show that the island is heavily defended: automated turrets lie on all shores, and troop patrols roam the island day and night. Although it is unclear if Nod forces have access to sophisticated anti-aircraft batteries, there are large forests stretching across the island which obstruct the view of satellites.
Hence, the objective of "Operation Black Dawn" is to destroy the Nod base and recover the scientists. Two GDI battalions have been dispatched to deploy on the southern and eastern shores of the island. The battalion to the east is to distract Nod forces, while a commando team attacks the southern beachhead, flanks the enemy and infiltrates the Nod base with air and ground support.
I think you will agree this is a thing of beauty and well worth 3.89GB of your time. At the time of writing the traditional download sources are overloaded but the BitTorrent distribution is performing admirably, ironic, with all the current legislation being discussed.
The time if finally upon us, one of C&C3's most unique Total Conversions - MidEast Crisis 2 - has been released! MEC2's gameplay focuses on Occupation Warfare in which players are encouraged to not only capture parts of the map, but to put the map to use. Low on fuel? Capture a gas station. Need money? Hold key positions on the map with units.
Click the image above to download, it weighs in at 132MB but is well worth your time.