EA has today cancelled the free-to-play Command & Conquer game and closed the development studio Victory Games.
The sad news was posted on their official website, it said:
Thank you for your participation over the last few months in the Command & Conquer closed alpha test. It’s been much appreciated, and you’ve been instrumental in helping define what a new Command & Conquer experience should and shouldn’t 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 it’s 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
It is terrible that so many people have lost their job, it is surprising that the game was cancelled considering that the game was in alpha testing phase and was being shown to press and at Gamescom. Obviously the game wasn’t living up to EA’s standards, hopefully everyone at Victory Games finds a new studio to work with soon and can get back to making games as soon as possible. This cancellation might signal the end of Command & Conquer as a franchise, at least for a few years.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this news, were you looking forward to the game? Did you participate in the alpha?