You May Not Like Where Command & Conquer Is Headed

Jon Van Caneghem, EA's new head of all things Command & Conquer, has grand plans for the future direction of the series. Plans die-hard fans of C&C may be interested/horrified to hear.

See, Van Caneghem is a big supporter of things like "games as service", and online delivery. Which makes him a good fit for EA, since that's exactly what EA are moving towards, with games like Battlefield Heroes and their acquisition of online gaming company Playfish.

So what does this mean for the future of Command & Conquer? Well, we knew he was going to "transform" the series, but maybe not this drastically. Chew over these quotes from an interview with Van Caneghem over on Gamasutra. The first regarding strategy games taking a leaf out of Battlefield Heroes' book.

"Look what online has done for RPGs over the last 10 years. All the other categories are following suit... we're looking forward to building something to be a leader in that space."

On where he sees C&C fitting in with this shift, he says ""It allows you to do everything you would have expected from a boxed game, but it adds a lot more to it... being connected and connected with players, and persistence, the social elements of playing against each other with other friends."

And, perhaps most distressingly, this:

"What you're seeing with all the social gamers on Facebook... they are actually already playing strategy games whether they know it or not. Taking a franchise like Command and Conquer and expanding it to a wider audience is part of the strategy."

Tiberiumville, coming to Facebook, 2010.

Interview: Van Caneghem Talks EALA's Vision, Command & Conquer [Gamasutra]


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    Die in a fire, casual gamers. C&C is dead.

    I now hate EA, what the hell was wrong with the studio that developed the games anyway, they weren't that bad that they deserved the sack.

    C&C is alreay quite accessible, compare it something like Supreme Commander.

    Some of his points are actually interesting. An MMORTS would make for a pretty damn good game. If it was you know, a proper RTS, not some crap like Travian.

    Speechless

    I think it is a bit of a stretch to interpret what Caneghem said as 'were thinking future CNC games being entirely on facebook' or even a non flash based browser based gaming platform (like InstantAction's PlayTribes).

    I think the main attraction of facebook is that it is a highly visible location to replace and extend mainly the communal functions of off the shelf online games. Why have people taking about your game only in front of people who already own your game (in lobbies) when you can do it on facebook?

    Consider these to facebook apps with limited integration with external applications: Kongregate, Xfire and Last.fm. Both applications that deliver interesting information to facebook, but also draw interested people from facebook back to their applications (websites in this case).

    "the social elements of playing against each other with other friends."

    Erm... it was proven by that study in America a month or so ago that people don't really like playing AGAINST their friends. The reason MMORPGs are successful is because it allows friends to team up together. That's a bit more difficult with RTSs, with limited amounts of players and interactivity between them...

    About seven years ago there was a C&C game which was a FPS-RTS game.
    I imagine the MMORTS game would be something like that, but on a bigger scale.

    *sniff*

    Command & Conquer, I knew ye well. Rest in peace, old friend.

    EA, may you burn in hell.

    The king is dead. Long live the king!

    You also get less control over how you can use what buy when you purchase a 'service' compared to a 'product'

    I don't care what those EA whores do to the C&C franchise. As far as I'm concerned, everything C&C related died after Generals (Zero hour was awesome but should have always come with Generals, not as an expansion) came out. C&C3 was atrocious and RA3 was even worse. Hell even my girl Gina Carano making an apperance as Natasha couldn't save RA3.

    So go ahead EA, beat the Dead Horse that is the C&C franchise. You'll find there aren't that many fans left anyway. We all accepted the Death of C&C many years ago. And when Starcraft 2 comes out, you'll be there all alone with your Facebook flavoured C&C wondering why no one wants it.

    May EA go the same way as 3DRealms!!

    i dont get it with developers today. They make some awesome franchises, and get massive fans by creating great game/s and hopefully learning what the customer wants. Then lately they have flipped it all upside down. They forget their winning formulas and do things likely to piss off all the past customers who paid for their current position.
    I feel like my hobby is abandoning me.
    And seriously which idiot thought that abandoning the lan crowds with starcraft2/diablo2/cod6 etc was a good idea. Seriously how popular do you think these games would be now if their originals removed the awesome features they are removing now. Starcraft would be nothing without its lan friendliness. Could you imagine cod 1-5 being as popular now (pc) if it had refused to work well at any lan, no dedicated servers, no mods, internet required, and max 9v9, (but usually 6v6).
    It is like the developers went into a meeting and said "well we know that what we have been doing has got us very rich, a huge fanbase, and plenty of happy customers, so lets change all that and remove all those cool features and do things different to what the customer wants."

    EAs been dead for years....

    Remember when games used to be for the truly skilled and worthy?

    I have supported soo many companies since I was a kid. I remember the days when a game kicked your ass and told you to go f*** yourself if you weren't skilled enough.

    But this is a load of bullshit. All this crap about getting the casual gamers into it.
    F*** THEM.

    I'm losing more and more of my series to you. I hate watching developer interviews and that "We'll weve made the controls accessible to new-comers and vets "should" feel welcome here"

    You know what happened when sega went for the casual gamers?
    WE GOT SONIC & THE BLACK KNIGHT!!!!

    I see EA is trying to retain the title of "biggest prick in the business". So what will activision do next to cement it's place in the number 1 spot?

    On a side note, thanks facebook for inadvertently screwing the francise. May you and all your epenis extension seeking users rot.

    I enjoyed every Red Alert and C&C up until RA3 and CnC3. I made the mistake of buying CnC3 which was nearly unplayable online and had a gameplay of spamming units no strategy. I beta'd RA3 and learned not to buy it since it got boring fast and also tended to revolve around spamming some of the overpowered units in the game.

    I'm waiting for Supreme Commander 2 and Starcraft 2. To me CnC and RA has been dead ever since EA touched it, I won't be buying them anymore.

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