During the 2018 E3 conference, EA announced a new entry in the long-running Command and Conquer series of real-time strategy games. Unfortunately, the announced mobile game, Command and Conquer Rivals, was pretty forgettable and not liked by fans for being a mobile game instead of a real-time strategy game. However, an announcement posted on Reddit by producer Jim Vessella mentions some big plans for the series’s 25th anniversary.
In the post to Reddit, Jim Vessella told readers that EA has some big plans to remaster some of the games in the Command and Conquer series:
We’ve been exploring some exciting ideas regarding remastering the classic PC games, and already have the ball rolling on our first effort to celebrate the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary.
We are eager to hear your feedback to help influence our current thoughts for PC and what comes next. Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking to fans in a variety of ways.
In a follow-up comment, he added that the remaster(s) won’t have microtransactions. He also posted the announcement about the remaster on the OpenRA forums, which is another fan hub for fans of the old-school Command and Conquer games.
The Command and Conquer series first came out in 1995. Developed by the now-closed Westwood Studios, the game was based off of Dune II, an earlier real-time strategy game based off of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. The games were known for their cutscenes done with full-motion video and an ensemble cast to drive the story forward. Westwood Studios was taken over by EA in 1998 and closed down in 2003. The last main entry in the series was Tiberium Assault, which was released in 2013.
Of course, these plans could fall through. Back in 2013, EA announced plans to reboot the franchise as a free-to-play game, but it would up unfulfilled despite there being a good amount of development progress.
Command and Conquer’s 25th anniversary will be in 2020.