Last month, Electronic Arts’ Jim Vessella announced the company had plans for remastering classic Command & Conquer titles. Earlier today, Vessella took to EA’s official website to announce that the company is remastering the first two entries in the series, the 1995 original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and the 1996 followup Command & Conquer: Red Alert, for PC. Along with this, the three expansion packs Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath will be included free of charge with the base games as part of one collection. It was also announced that there will be no microtransactions in the games either.
Vessella also addressed fan skepticism on if these remasters will stay true to their original versions by announcing some of the original developers would be working on these games.
There has also been a healthy skepticism that we can pull this off. How are we possibly going to remaster these titles while maintaining the authenticity of the original experiences? Bottom line, there is no better way to achieve this than to partner with some of the talented developers who brought these original games to life.
Thus, EA is partnering with Petroglyph Games to make this collection. Petroglyph Games is a studio that was formed after the series’ original studio, Westwood Studios, closed in 2003. The studio includes the series’ co-creator and lead programmer of the included games, Joe Bosic, Red Alert’s other lead programmer Steve Tall, and Westwood’s audio designer Mike Legg. Vessella also announced that the series’ original composer, Frank Klepacki, returned to Petroglyph Games for this collection. Petroglyph Games will also work in conjunction with Lemon Sky Studios to “help bring these original games to 4k glory.”
To end things, Vessella stated that development had not yet started on the collection and gave no hints at a time frame of when fans should expect this collection. However, fans of Command & Conquer won’t have to wait too long for a new entry in the series. EA announced mobile game Command & Conquer: Rivals at E3 earlier this year with a set release of December 4.