EA today announced that it has pulled the plug on its free-to-play online version of Command & Conquer which was in alpha testing at the time of its cancellation. A note on the official website explains the reason for the cancellation, citing negative feedback from testers and the decision to take a new direction with the franchise.
Thank you for your participation over the last few months in the Command & Conquer closed alpha test. Its been much appreciated, and youve been instrumental in helping define what a new Command & Conquer experience should and shouldnt 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 its about getting you the game you expect and deserve.
Over the next 10 days we will be refunding any and all money spent in the alpha. If you have a question about your refund, please contact help.ea.com.
We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential and a great history, and we are determined to get the best game made as soon as possible. To that end, we have already begun looking at a number of alternatives to get the game back on track. We look forward to sharing more news about the franchise as it develops. Thank you again for your participation and support.
- Victory Studios
On a sadder note, Polygon confirmed in a statement from EA that developer Victory Games has also been shuttered.
"The team at Victory Games will be disbanded," an Electronic Arts spokesperson confirmed to Polygon. "Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities within EA."
As always, our best wishes go out to hose affected by the studio's closure.
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