Electronic Arts producer Jim Vessella has taken to Reddit to ask for community feedback on the return of the franchise to PC. Vessella has a long history at EA and was on the production team for the likes of Command & Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3, along with being the Lead Producer on Kane’s Wrath. In those roles he remembers the fun and value of interacting with the gaming community online and at events like Gamescom.
The most recent C&C game you can play is Command & Conquer: Rivals, a mobile game set in the Command & Conquer universe but people still pine for the old games on PC and many would like to see the games evolve on the PC. Thus EA has something already in the pipeline to mark the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary of the C&C games.
Vessella wants to make more of C&C beyond this 25th anniversary special (though we don’t have any solid indication of what the celebratory output might be). So he asks for “feedback to help influence our current thoughts for PC and what comes next”. The feedback isn’t limited to Reddit though, as EA will be “talking to fans in a variety of ways,” over the next few weeks.
To wrap up his Reddit post Vessella assures that he isn’t just a long time C&C developer he is also a fan and is “just as passionate about the C&C franchise as you are”.
I would count myself among the horde of ardent C&C fans. I’ve re-bought the games more than once over the years due to platform and compatibility issues (though they are often in the sale nowadays very cheap at Origin etc). My favourites are the Red Alert and Generals titles. A common concern with EA as it is now might be with so called microtransactions. However, Vessella has been quick to respond, via Reddit, to this thorny question as follows: “We will not be adding any microtransactions to a C&C Remaster.” Others have asked EA to avoid; lootboxes in any form, any online only requirement, or pay-per-faction/commander.