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  1. As we reported yesterday, and as was to be expected considering the problem reports from around the entire community, the C&C Remastered Collection received a hotfix patch to resolve some of the issues that have arisen since last week's major patch. Again, the team did not have much time to resolve all issues so they concentrated on the more critical ones. Here's the full post from Jim that you can read while letting Steam/Origin auto-update the game: Following the launch of last week’s patch, we heard about several key issues players were encountering during their experience. We didn’t want to leave the game with these issues, and have released a final update today to address several of the most prominent items. They include: Fixed an issue where vehicle turrets were disappearing or sorting below the chassis Fixed an issue where vehicles were drifting / sliding during their movement Fixed an issue where certain fire animations were choppy or missing animation frames Fixed an issue where the Attack Cursor was not always reflecting properly Fixed an issue where helicopter units were not landing on the Helipad when using certain hotkeys Fixed an issue where Turkey’s sub-faction bonus was not working properly Fixed an issue where the intro cinematic was not playing when restarting custom missions Fixed an issue where the gameplay would freeze when restarting custom missions Fixed a crash (we hope) which was occurring when accessing the Options menu Adjusted Harvester behavior: Here is some context on the chain of events here. In the August patch, Harvesters would jam up around a single Refinery and often get stuck. We made a change in the September patch to encourage Harvesters to search for an open Refinery, but this was resulting in less desirable behavior where the Harvester would drive to a Refinery far away from their current resource field and become far less efficient. So in this update, we attempted to make an adjustment based on community feedback. We have reverted the original change in the September patch, sending us back to jamming Harvesters. But Harvesters can now be re-assigned to a specific Refinery and will remember their assignment. So players who wish to optimize their resource harvesting can do so through attentive micro, and try to keep a balance of Harvesters on each Refinery at their nearest desired field. We hope this is an acceptable compromise. Adjusted the implementation of the Church capture in Tournament Ore Rift Our previous fix for this issue resulted in the behavior of making all neutral buildings non-capturable, which was negatively impacting the flexibility of User Maps. So we adjusted the fix for this to specifically prevent just the Church object (V01) from being capturable. Removed “Canyon Pursuit” from the Tiberian Dawn Quickmatch pool Removed “Electric Avenue” from the Tiberian Dawn Quickmatch pool Both of these removals were originally requested by the community prior to the September patch, which is now possible with the addition of two new maps below. Added “Tournament Middle Camp” community map into Tiberian Dawn and the Quickmatch pool Added “Tournament Desert” community map into Tiberian Dawn and the Quickmatch pool We also attempted to add several other community maps, but did not receive permission from their associated authors or had difficulty contacting them. We promised not to use community content without the authors’ permission and respect their decision. Thanks for the support and patience as we worked through these items, and we’re eager to hear if this update improves your experience with the C&C Remastered Collection. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern
  2. A couple of news bits regarding the Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection have popped up: The cnc.community site has prizes for players of the remasters from 24th to 27th September. Those who rank first in the Tiberian Dawn and/or Red Alert leaderboards for that day will receive a 1-year subscription to EA Play (formerly named Origin Access), and those who finish in the top 50 have a chance to receive a random prize as well. More information can be read here. The Remastered Collection itself is 25% off until 5th October on Steam to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tiberian Dawn (which is on 26th September), while the other Steam C&C titles are 75% off (note that that is 75% off the increased price from this February). All the prices can be seen here. For those who have the remasters and are facing numerous issues, Jim Vessella has confirmed that a hotfix is being made to address at least some of them, but it would appear that the team has already past the deadline to do so, so not all of the issues seen since last week's update may be fixed.
  3. As announced last week, today is the day we receive the final (intended) update for Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection. It's a pretty large one, though, including the following key features: loading screen enhancements including minimap display added local replay file support added 6 player support in Tiberian Dawn added beacons expanded features for mods and custom maps including intro and win/loss videos, updated German translation thanks to the feedback from United-Forum.de fixed numerous bugs You can read the full changelog and dev comments here.
  4. In Jim Vessella's latest update, he mentions the latest addition to the C&C Remastered Collection source code package - the map editor itself, which is something that the community has loved to expand on for multiple titles in the series. But alas, next week we will see the last intended patch for the C&C Remastered Collection, as the team feels the game has reached the vision that was meant for it during development. It will, however, include bugfixes, quality-of-life changes, and the introduction of the beacon system in multiplayer. Here's the full update: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, It’s been a little over three months since we launched the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection and we continue to be humbled by the response from players around the world. It’s been wonderful to see Command & Conquer back in the mainstream conversation, and the growing community even more engaged in the long-term success of the franchise. Over the past three months our full-time focus has been on supporting the Remastered Collection. We’ve done our best to listen to the community, and deliver upon some of the top requested items in a transparent and collaborative manner. Next week we aim to launch another Major Update for the C&C Remastered Collection. The focus of this update is also on community requests, including a Beacon system to ping your allies and displaying key information on the Multiplayer loading screen, amongst a handful of quality of life improvements and bug fixes. We’ll also aim to reset the leaderboards and incorporate some Matchmaking Rating and timing adjustments to address community feedback. With this patch, we finally feel the C&C Remastered Collection will have achieved the vision we had for the game when we first started development. As such, in our spirit of transparency, we wanted to let the community know we anticipate this will be the last patch for the game. To prepare for this transition, our goal throughout development was to create an ecosystem where the community would have the resources to take the Remastered Collection even further. Within this goal we released the DLLs and source code under the GPL v3.0, embraced community content with the Steam Workshop, and incorporated LAN Play with modding support. Today we want to add one more ingredient to that mix, which is the release of the Map Editor under the GPL v3.0 as well. The Map Editor source code is available now on Github at the link below, and will be included in the root game folder once the upcoming patch goes live. With these assets available to the community, we hope the Remastered Collection and other community projects will continue to thrive for years to come. https://github.com/electronicarts/CnC_Remastered_Collection We’re then soon approaching a special date in franchise history, with September 26th marking the official 25th Anniversary of Tiberian Dawn. We’ve of course been highlighting this anniversary throughout the project, but hope you will all come together for a special week to celebrate this franchise which we all love. Thanks so much for your ongoing support and looking forward to the rest of September. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern This announcement and roadmap may change as we listen to community feedback and continue developing and evolving our Live Service & Content. We will always strive to keep our community as informed as possible.
  5. A quick update for C&C Remastered Collection has been released, this time focused on fixing several game-breaking bugs that the community has reported since the last patch: Fixed an issue where extra enemy Harvesters would instantly spawn in campaign missions Fixed an issue where extra enemy aircraft would instantly spawn in campaign missions Fixed an issue where the extra Key Binding conflict dialog box was not disappearing (we suppressed this extra dialog for now) Fixed an issue where the radar offline / low power sound is heard after completing a game Fixed a game freeze and connection lost error with player certain games on custom maps Fixed a connection lost error when playing in LAN / Skirmish Fixed an issue where the AI could take over player functions in certain custom maps Fixed an issue where the Repair and Sell commands were not working if you loaded a previous patch save game in the new version Further performance optimization in larger scale maps with tons of resources Expanded the Quickmatch MMR search ranges to help players get into games faster All users should receive the patch automatically upon launching the game on Steam or Origin.
  6. The new patch for the C&C Remastered Collection is now live and available to everyone. There's a lot of changes, including those from the previous two beta branch patches (both documented and previously hidden ones), and possibly some new ones. Read the full change list and roadmap here. NOTE: If you were using the beta branch patches on Steam, make sure you DISABLE the beta participation for the game to receive this update.
  7. The development of the second patch for the Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection is well underway, and players can test out its beta right now. Aside from an early version of LAN play, it has a feature that will bring a smile to many players - a slider which dictates the speed of Tiberium/ore regrowth, among other changes that will be officially announced once the patch is finished. Here's Jim Vessella's full update: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, Today we are inviting you to try a Beta version of our in-development patch, which most importantly includes an early version of LAN Play. Our goal in sharing this Beta version is to get your feedback on LAN Play and ensure this feature is living up to your expectations. We’re looking for both qualitative and technical feedback on the feature, especially with regards to playing multiplayer LAN games with Mods enabled (either locally or over VPN). We reinforce this is an early version, and certain elements (including AI) may not work correctly in LAN play just yet. Everyone who owns the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection on Steam is able to participate in this Beta version of the game. Please follow these steps to gain access: Go to your C&C Remastered Collection page on Steam Click on the Manage button (gear icon) Select Properties Navigate to the Betas tab In the dialog box, enter “TDRABetaPatch1” Click Check Code Once the code accepts, select the “Public Beta” branch from the drop down menu The game will now update to the Public Beta version, at which point you can play At any time, you can update back to the standard live version via the same drop down menu Please note, there are several dozen other improvements in this Beta version, which we’ll list out in more detail when the patch is officially released. However, please keep an eye out for these key items: The ability to choose the speed of Tiberium / Ore regrowth. This is now a slider in the game rules section. (0 being disabled, 1 being default, and 2-9 being multiples on default). We’re eager to see if this feature satisfies requests from the community, and we’re also looking for feedback on what the new Quickmatch default regrowth setting should be. If you saw increased framerate stuttering or launch crashing after the June major patch versus the launch version, we have an experiment you can try: Go to your C&C Remastered Collection page on Steam Click on the Manage button (gear icon) Select Properties On the General tab, select “Set Launch Options…” In the box, enter “NOSPLASHPRELOAD” Click OK and launch the game This will effectively revert the texture optimizations we made in the June Patch, and may help performance / stability with certain hardware configurations (This launch option will also work with the standard live branch as well) Please note, while playing in the Beta version, online play will be disabled and certain mods may not be compatible. Please play the Beta version and alter Launch options with caution and understand there may be a risk. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on LAN Play and other improvements. Cheers, Jim Jimtern
  8. About an hour and a half ago, Jim Vessella posted an update on the C&C subreddit regarding changes in the beta branch of the C&C Remastered Collection, as per last week's call for community input: The Nod Cargo Plane delivery time has been normalized to 4 seconds on Normal speed The TD Weapons Factory health has been increased by 30% The RA1 naval structures have been removed from the victory condition To address the TD Engineer / APC issue, the APC now has the Repair Facility as a pre-requisite to build Harvester logic improvements AI supported in LAN mode Quickmatch map pools rotated, added selected community-made maps The full post (and it's quite a read) can be seen here.
  9. Today, the first patch for Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection is planned to go live. The changelog is quite long, but here is our summary: Performance issues will be resolved by loading everything before the match launches, which will prolong loading times but should reduce stuttering in the middle of the game Private (passworded) game lobbies are now available Muting players in chat enabled Overwriting existing saved games now possible Random faction choices available in custom matches Deploy hotkey now universal to all units with such a function Manual saving in custom missions enabled Tweaked balancing of the Hard difficulty mode in Tiberian Dawn Fixed bug that changed the difficulty of the mission after reloading Nod Cargo Planes no longer destructible Mission-specific fixes Various mismatching tile fixes on maps Map pool adjustments Tweaks to mod menu Jukebox now available in the main menu To read the full changelog, click here.
  10. In his first update after the release of the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, producer Jim Vessella has shown appreciation for the positive response following the release, shouted out the work of @CCHyper who has immensely helped the project and created the new "installation" sequences, and commented on the upcoming patch. His update, in full, is below: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection has now been live for ten days, and our teams have been absolutely humbled by the response from players and journalists around the world. I’ve been spending the past week engrossed in streams, articles, and community comments about the game, trying to absorb every piece of feedback players are providing. But at the same time, also just smiling as I observe players being transported back to their childhood with waves of nostalgia, hopefully providing a positive moment during these times. Congratulations and thank you to everyone in the community for helping to make the launch such a memorable event. I wanted to cover a few topics in today’s post. The first is to highlight one of the most meaningful features of the Remastered Collection - the Installation Videos. Players from around the world have been loving these sequences, with entire articles being written about the emotional reaction they garnered. But unless you went into the Bonus Gallery to read the details, you may not know that these two videos were not created directly by our development teams, but instead by long-time C&C community member, Luke “CCHyper” Feenan. Luke has been an integral part of our Community Council since the beginning of the project. When I learned Luke was a graphics designer by trade, I asked if he would be willing to remaster the installation sequences into something truly special. He created a five-second test for us, and it was instantly clear he would be able to pour the passion and attention to detail into the project. So we contracted Luke to work with us, and over the course of six months he created the sequences, brainstorming with Petroglyph and myself on how to shift them from an “Installation” sequence to an “Upgrade” sequence. We would review the progress with Luke every two weeks or so to provide feedback, and Luke’s skills and creativity were surpassed only by his professionalism. I’m so proud of Luke for creating content that will go down in C&C history, and that the first thing anyone experiences in the Remastered Collection was created by a member of the C&C community. The second topic I wanted to discuss was our upcoming patch. We’re currently putting the final touches on this patch, as we continue to prioritize and react to player feedback. The goal of this patch is multifold: Complete several of the top community requested features which just missed the launch date, including items like Private Game Lobbies and a choosing sub-factions for RA Quickmatch Address many of the top bugs which have been seen in the launch version, including a potential improvement to the framerate stuttering issue Implement some additional quality-of-life improvements, such as enabling the “Deploy” hotkey to unload APCs and multi-queue units on the Repair Facility in Tiberian Dawn (same now as RA) Iterate on our Quickmatch ruleset to ensure we’re creating the proper foundation for competitive play In total, there should be several dozen items addressed in this patch, and we’ll provide a comprehensive set of patch notes when the patch is released. Regarding the Quickmatch rules, we’ve heard strong and unanimous feedback from our engaged multiplayer competitors. In fact, we’re actually able to make several of these changes on the backend and have decided to implement several of these changes effective later today. The key changes to Quickmatch as requested by the community are the following: Increasing the Game Speed from Normal to Fast Reducing the Starting Units to zero Removing Aftermath units from Quickmatch in Red Alert (due to extreme balance issues) Adding two more maps to the Tiberian Dawn map rotation: Monkey in the Middle, One Pass Fits All We’re hoping the community can play with these changes over the next week and continue to provide us feedback as we strive to improve this mode of the game. Thanks again for all the appreciative words over the past ten days, and please continue to provide your feedback so we can improve your experience with the Remastered Collection. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern
  11. Plokite_Wolf

    C&C Remasters - FMVs

    In the latest update on the C&C remasters (this time official!), Jim Vessella takes it to the video format for the first time since the original announcement to address one of the most pressing questions among the members of the community - how the ingame cutscenes will be managed.
  12. To say that yesterday's release of C&C Remastered Collection has been a success would be an understatement. Don't take it from me - SteamDB's charts alone (no data on Origin numbers) showed a peak of 42,587 concurrent players about an hour after launch, and the lowest point still being over 16,000 - something even StarCraft II can wish it has. The demand is so high that the multiplayer server keeps crashing, and the package has topped Steam's top seller page (sorted by relevance) days before release and is not letting go. The game's size turns out largely to be due to the fact that the original MIX files are distributed in their entirety in the game's directory. The source code is also within the directory, so you don't need to bother pulling it from Github. There have been issues with stuttering as well, but the team is aware of this and has proceeded to investigate. As a nice little tribute, the icons of the Tiberian Dawn engineer and the Red Alert grenadier appear to have been modeled after the late John "Totalbiscuit" Bain, who was a big fan of the Command & Conquer franchise. And now, time for subjectivity - I've played it for several hours on launch day, and even though I expected a lot given Jim Vessella's transparency and the very positive vibes from some of my friends who were in the community council, I was still pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the project. It did exactly what it set out to do - not only did it faithfully recreate all the visuals, clean up the audio, and bring all the content from the expansions and console variants, but it also built an unprecedented level of trust that the series is back and there is hope that any future project will follow the same thread of thought. Dear Electronic Arts, as you can see, we have voted with our wallets. As you can see, we bought this not for the games that we have already had for free for over a decade - we bought it to support a kickass team who took their time and effort to make a release as good as it can be. If this were an entirely new title instead of a remaster, I guarantee you the sentiment would have been the same. Unlike the utter trash (and here I am insulting actual trash) that you have tried to give us from 2010 to 2018 and convince us to like it with zero merit, this is what we want - good gameplay, no microtransactions, no nickle-and-diming, and giving a well-suited team the necessary time and freedom to do things right. Was this so hard???
  13. Jim Vessella has made his first update on the C&C subreddit since the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite all teams working from home, the Remastered Collection is on track for release and is in the process of finalization. However, the shipment of collector's editions by Limited Run has been delayed for autumn, but customers will be getting their Steam keys on June 1st, and can cancel their preorder via Limited Run's Freshdesk page if they so wish. Here's the full update: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, Before we begin, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy through this unprecedented time. I apologize I was unable to deliver an update in April, as our teams have also been reacting to the impact of Covid-19, and prioritizing adjustments to our process so everyone can continue developing the game in a safe environment. For this update, I wanted to outline our latest status with the game’s finaling effort, and also address some of the impacts Covid-19 has had on our development. If you remember back on March 10, we revealed our trailer and announced the launch date of June 5 for the Remastered Collection. This was such an exciting day for us on the development side, and we were humbled by the positive reactions from the C&C community and around the industry. But over the following week, local governments here in California began enacting shelter-in-place orders, and by March 17 the large majority of our development teams around the world were working remotely from home. At the time we were unsure what impact this would have on our velocity and ability to final the game. However, I’ll simply say the development teams at Petroglyph in Las Vegas, Lemon Sky in Malaysia, and across EA have done a phenomenal job maintaining momentum and a commitment to quality over these past two months. I’m so proud of the teams, and because of this dedicated effort, we were able to achieve our goals and are still on track to launch the game on June 5. We hope the launch will provide an entertaining event for all of you to experience, especially for those of us who may still be staying safe at home in June. With that in mind, this past week we did receive some unfortunate news regarding the impact of Covid-19 on our physical Collector’s Editions. We originally had every intention of being able to deliver the Collector’s Editions alongside the June 5 launch, but the virus has caused significant manufacturing delays from Limited Run’s overseas vendors. Because of this, we wanted to let the community know the Collector’s Editions will not be shipping out until later in the early Fall. Trust me, we are as bummed about the delay as you are. We wanted to highlight a few important points and provide some options going forward: You will still receive your Steam key via email starting June 1, so you will be able to pre-load the game and play the minute it releases. As a token of appreciation, the team will be including extra Limited Run trading cards with all shipments. All purchasers should also receive a direct email from Limited Run, providing this overview and keeping you up to date on the status of your order. We also understand this is a difficult financial time for many people, and personal situations may have changed over the past several weeks. If for any reason you want to cancel your Collector’s Edition pre-order, please contact Limited Run by May 26, 2020 to fulfill this request. You may contact Limited Run at any time via their site at limitedrungames.freshdesk.com if you have questions to help through this process. What I can say is that Limited Run has a deep commitment to quality for the final delivery. I’ve been able to provide feedback on all the items, and I couldn’t be more excited about how the editions are coming together. Limited Run has been humbled by the passionate demand from the C&C community, and wanted to share these words with all of you: “As fans of Command & Conquer ourselves, it was an honor to be included in its historic anniversary. While we always hoped the campaign was going to be a success, the response has absolutely blown us away. We appreciate your understanding with the Covid-19 situation, and are going to include some extra Limited Run trading cards with all shipments for your patience. Thanks for making us a part of the Command & Conquer legacy, and thanks to all of you for your support!” Now, to provide some further insight into the past two months, our focus has been on bug fixing and reacting to player feedback. We’ve continued to work with the Community Council as they playtest the daily builds, and even had an ongoing “Top 10 Council” label in our Jira database to ensure we prioritized their most important items (amongst hundreds of pieces of their feedback). Our QA teams have been actively going through their finaling checklists, and this week we are preparing the game for submission to our certification team. Then alongside the game’s development, we’ve been more actively engaging with the media to showcase the game, which you may have seen in coverage articles over the past two weeks. Our goal is to get the word out to as many gamers as possible, and hopefully we’ll continue to build positive buzz leading up to launch. So, by now you should all know I love to tease you about upcoming items. Well, we do have a few more surprises about the Remastered Collection to share prior to launch, some of which will hopefully answer a few of your remaining outstanding questions. Be sure to keep an eye here on the subreddit for the latest info : ) In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe, and thanks again for all your support and feedback. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern
  14. Right now, Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection is available for preload for all those who preordered them on Steam, Origin or through Limited Run Games. This means the game's files will be on your hard drive, but encrypted until the official release time (Friday, 5 June at 17:00 GMT). Also, the source code has already been posted and made publicly visible on Github, written in C++. To access the repository, click here.
  15. In yet another update on the C&C Remastered Collection, Jim Vessella posted about a hot topic among fans - mod support. While C&C games have mostly been moddable thanks to community tools like XCC Utilities, FinalBIG, OS BIG Editor, and numerous others, with only late SAGE games getting semi-proper mod SDKs, this time we'll get full support in the form of one open-sourced DLL per game, and even a sample unit for learning how to mod the new release. Also, he acknowledged the community's desire for LAN multiplayer, but said it will not be in the launch build, though it might pop up in an update. Here's the full update: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, Since the announcement of the Remastered Collection, one of the top questions from the community has been if the game would provide Mod Support. Given the incredible C&C community projects over the past two decades, we appreciated how important this was going to be for the Remastered Collection. It’s time to finally answer the question around Mod Support, but it first requires the reveal of a special surprise for the community. Today we are proud to announce that alongside the launch of the Remastered Collection, Electronic Arts will be releasing the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll and their corresponding source code under the GPL version 3.0 license. This is a key moment for Electronic Arts, the C&C community, and the gaming industry, as we believe this will be one of the first major RTS franchises to open source their source code under the GPL. It’s worth noting this initiative is the direct result of a collaboration between some of the community council members and our teams at EA. After discussing with the council members, we made the decision to go with the GPL license to ensure compatibility with projects like CnCNet and Open RA. Our goal was to deliver the source code in a way that would be truly beneficial for the community, and we hope this will enable amazing community projects for years to come. So, what does it mean for Mod Support within the Remastered Collection? Along with the inclusion of a new Map Editor, these open-source DLLs should assist users to design maps, create custom units, replace art, alter gameplay logic, and edit data. The community council has already been playing with the source code and are posting some fun experiments in our Discord channel. But to showcase a tangible example of what you can do with the software, Petroglyph has actually created a new modded unit to play with. So we asked a fun question - “What would the Brotherhood of Nod do if they captured the Mammoth Tank?” Well, one guess is they’d replace the turret with a giant artillery cannon and have it fire tactical nukes! Thus the Nuke Tank was born. This is a unit which is fully playable in the game via a mod (seen in the screenshot above), and we hope to have it ready to play and serve as a learning example when the game launches. Alongside Mod Support, I wanted to be transparent and address a feature which many of you have also been passionate about, which is LAN Play. Earlier this year, we had every intention of including LAN Play in the launch version of the game, but sadly this feature did not make it in time. Unfortunately LAN Play became the key impact of the Covid-19 situation as we realized the challenge of developing / testing a “local area network” feature in a workplace time of social distancing. We understand this feature is vital as both an avenue to play mods in multiplayer, and also to serve as a backup in case the online systems are ever down. We’re bummed this one got away, and will continue to keep this on our priority list going forward. Now in terms of discovering user content, we wanted to take full advantage of the PC platforms to streamline this process. For Steam players, we’re utilizing the Steam Workshop for sharing both maps and mods. Players can subscribe to maps and mods directly in the game’s Community Hub within Steam, or utilize in-game menus to browse / download content as well. Origin players can use the same in-game process for downloading maps but will need to manually install mods into their respective folders outside the game. For both versions, once you’re in the game, you may navigate to the Options / Mods tab where you can then activate the mod. We’re aiming to put together further documentation on uploading content and the entire UGC process around the launch window. Overall, we are incredibly excited to see what the community creates over the coming months. We anticipate some fantastic content for the Remastered Collection itself, some great updates in current community projects as they incorporate the source code, and perhaps we’ll even see some new RTS projects now made possible with the source code under the GPL. One final note we want to emphasize - we’ve done our best to bug fix and prepare these UGC systems for launch, but we have no doubt that once thousands of you begin creating and sharing content, some quirks will be discovered. Please continue to share your experience once the game launches, and let us know how we can continue to improve these tools for your benefit. We look forward to seeing all of you on the battlefield in less than three weeks, and in the meantime please stay healthy, safe, and thanks for all your support and feedback. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern
  16. From around the net, more C&C Remastered news has popped up in the past few weeks, including previews, interviews and videos. There are also 3 new screenshots in 4K quality. Here's a list with hyperlinks to all the recent news on the Remasters: Preview: PC Gamer Preview: PCGamesN Preview: RockPaperShotgun Preview: ScreenRant Preview: WCCFTech First Look at Behind The Scenes Footage from Red Alert 1 First Look at a Remastered GDI FMV Zade (YouTuber) Interviews Frank Klepacki for C&C Remastered (Full Interview coming soon) Three new 4K-resolution Screenshots are available, courtesy of The Games Shed. You can read and watch all of them by clicking on the blue hyperlinks.
  17. Within the past week or so, Petroglyph Games' website has been updated for the first time in many years, showing a more modern design showcasing most of the games they've worked on thus far. What's interesting here is that the site features the first look at Red Alert Remastered in-game, as well as an alternate C&C Remastered logo in the video reel at the top: You can see the full resolution of the split screenshot here. Wonder what the official word on this will be.
  18. German YouTuber Amars 90 has opened up a contest for a physical edition of Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection that just had its sales closed. He's already purchased it but wants to give it away to a lucky fan. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in the embedded video by 28 May 2020, saying why it should be yours. On the next day, he will stream the winner announcement on his Twitch channel, where he will randomly pick a comment. Do note that only European residents can enter due to shipping. CNCNZ.com does not partake in this giveaway, we merely cover it as a piece of news. We are not responsible for any events related to it.
  19. The C&C Remastered Collection reveal trailer has finally premiered, showing all the key features the game will have, most of which have already been announced in previous updates. The game is available for pre-ordering here, and will be available on Origin and Steam, as well as in unique physical collector's editions. It launches on 5th June 2020.
  20. An official C&C stream will go live tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10th) on YouTube at 07:00 Pacific Time (14:00 GMT). Judging by the way it's titled and Jim Vessella's not-so-cryptic hint at some sort of collector's edition, we might be looking at a pre-order window announcement at the very least.
  21. After a good while, we have another update on the C&C remasters. The project has since reached the Content Alpha milestone, meaning all assets have been remastered to at least some degree. EA producer Jim Vessella touched on the topic of multiplayer in the latest update: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, We hope everyone had a great holiday season and their New Year is off to a positive start. For those of us on the Remaster project, we’ve been hard at work over the past two months since our last update. In terms of development progress, we just completed our Content Alpha milestone. This is a huge moment for the project, as it means there are no longer any legacy / placeholder pieces of content in the game. Every frame of animation, every tile of terrain, every second of audio, and every piece of UI has received a remastered pass. This allows us to play both games in a completely remastered fashion, and identify areas we’d like to continue polishing based on feedback from the team, colleagues, and the community. Now, since the announcement of the project, many of you have been asking how Multiplayer will function in the Remaster. So for this update, we wanted to take a deep dive into the components of Multiplayer and describe how we’re approaching this beloved part of the game. At a high level, Multiplayer has effectively been rebuilt for the Remaster. Starting with the backend, Multiplayer now runs on dedicated servers based on Petroglyph’s architecture, with a goal of providing reliable connections and prevent misbehavior. We’ve been playing multiplayer games for several months with our QA teams around the world, and feeling confident about the stability the architecture is providing. Now let’s jump into the actual modes and features. When navigating to the Online portion of the menus, players will first have the ability to host or join custom multiplayer games. Once players join a game lobby, they can choose their team setup, select maps, and set game rules. In terms of rules, we’re aiming to support the most relevant multiplayer options, from starting resources and units to flagging Crates or Visceroids. (Yes, the Visceroid has also been remastered and is as weird as ever) We’re then looking into some additional options based on guidance from the Community Council. You can also chat with other players in the game lobby, and ensure you get the perfect setup for your custom game. Alongside custom games is the introduction of 1v1 Quickmatch for Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert™. Quickmatch will focus on competitive play and utilize an Elo-based matchmaking algorithm. Games will pull from a filtered map pool with set game rules to reduce luck and randomness (For example, no Crates in Quickmatch). To highlight the results, 1v1 Quickmatch will be supported by an in-game leaderboard to track a player’s wins, losses, and points. We’re looking forward to watching the most competitive players go head-to-head and see who can become the top ranking commander in each game. I fondly remember being one of the best C&C3 players in the world for about 2 hours when the game launched, only to be quickly humiliated when competitive players began to learn the game, haha. In a further effort to help modernize the online play experience, we’re also introducing replays into the Remaster. Players will be able to watch replays from their custom and quickmatch games, and we’re currently iterating on the available controls within the replay system itself. In conjunction with the replay system is the addition of Observer mode into both games. Through the Observer mode, players can spectate on live games in-progress (with a small time delay), which we hope will be a valuable tool for shoutcasters and viewers alike. There are then several other multiplayer oriented features which have been requested by the community over the past year. We’re in the process of evaluating these features and will aim to share more in the months ahead. As always, please continue to provide your comments in the thread below. As you all know, 2020 is the 25th year anniversary of Command & Conquer. We expect this to be an exciting year for C&C, and we’re looking forward to celebrating this anniversary with all of you. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern The original post is here.
  22. After his suspicious silence in November, Jim Vessella posted on the C&C subreddit a short while ago about the announcement voice lines in C&C and Red Alert 1. It turns out that the original recordings could not be found. However, the voice actress of the Tiberian Dawn EVA, Kia Huntzinger, will reprise the role and has already re-recorded her lines in a professional studio. Alas, the voice actor of the Red Alert announcer, former chief of Virgin Interactive Entertainment Martin Alper, passed away a few years ago, but it was decided his voice lines will stay as they are, while Frank Klepacki will try to clean the audio as much as possible. Here is the full statement from Vessella: You can read the original announcement and hear the new EVA voice samples here.
  23. We finally have first video footage and a website with a before-and-after comparison for Command & Conquer: Remastered! Here's what Jim Vessella had to say: Fellow Command & Conquer fans, Crazy to believe it’s nearly been one year since we formally announced the C&C Remaster and began development with Petroglyph Games and Lemon Sky Studios. To celebrate this milestone, today we’re excited to showcase one of our biggest reveals on the journey so far - a first teaser of the game in action! And with this teaser comes an answer to one of your key questions from the past year: “Is the Remaster going to be in 2D or 3D?” We’re ready to share the Remaster has been developed in the classic 2D visual style, unlocking our ability to stay as authentic as possible to the original games. Below we’d like to provide more details on how we’re approaching these visuals, and why we felt the 2D style was the best fit for the project. As you may remember from one of the first posts, our plan is to remaster (not remake) the classic games. Creatively, this means our guiding light has always been to remain authentic to the original feel, and we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to achieve that goal. When we recovered the source code to C&C Tiberian Dawn and C&C Red Alert, this gave us a viable avenue to accurately match the core gameplay, feel, and signature look of the legacy titles. We felt the 2D style was the best way to bring all these elements together, and ultimately achieve the authenticity we were looking for. It’s been wonderful to see the passionate, artistic care taken by Lemon Sky and the team with this creative approach. Lemon Sky has re-concepted, re-modeled, and re-animated every gameplay asset from scratch - examples of which you’ve seen with the Construction Yard and Tesla Tank. Once it reaches the final stage as seen in those previews, we render and export the assets in 2D so they lineup frame for frame with the original visuals. In some cases like the Grenadier, this can mean over 600 frames for a single unit. This creative process has allowed us to modernize the game assets as you originally imagined them, and stay true to the gameplay you’ve known and loved for 25 years. In addition to the authenticity, we’re excited to reveal an extra benefit of this 2D approach is that Petroglyph has been able to utilize their deep familiarity with the source code to enable the real-time switching of Legacy / Remastered graphics in Campaign missions. This means at any time when playing a Campaign mission, you can tap a single key to smoothly toggle between the original assets at 320 x 200, to the Remastered assets up to 3840 x 2160. Playing with this toggle over the past several months has been a true joy, and we believe will be one of your favorite features in the Remaster. Along with the real-time toggling, you’ll have the ability to zoom the camera to take in all the high definition detail, with an effective zoom distance between the DOS and C&C Gold camera heights. You can see an example of these features in action in the associated video above (just in case you made it this far and haven’t watched it already). To get an even better feel for the visual difference, we encourage you to visit our new website site at: https://www.ea.com/games/command-and-conquer/command-and-conquer-remastered Here you can use an interactive component to see the Legacy / Remastered visuals playing side by side. Keep in mind some of the assets you’re seeing in these videos are still in progress (I’m looking at you, Tiberium Silo), as we’re continuing to fix bugs and polish items based on feedback from our colleagues, the Community Council, and all of you. We’re eager to hear your thoughts on everything you’re seeing in this post, so please share your comments in the thread below. Thanks for your support and participation, and looking forward to sharing more game assets in the months ahead. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern
  24. EA producer Jim Vessella, true to his monthly schedule of remaster updates, has today posted about the in-game soundtracks and the jukebox feature, including some comments from veteran composer Frank Klepacki, and a sample of some of the remastered tracks - Act on Instinct, Demolition, and Fogger. Fellow Command & Conquer fans, I wanted to start this post by saying I’ve seen all the comments with the desire to see in-game footage, and thought it would be helpful to provide some context on the timing here. Essentially, we want to make sure we have all the supporting assets in place (like an updated C&C website) before revealing the in-game content. This will allow us to utilize some more flexible media components for the reveal, and ultimately help our awareness so we can get more gamers excited about C&C and the Remaster (which is beneficial for all of us). And while I cannot provide an exact date, getting all this in place is one of my top priorities and I’m crossing my fingers it can happen soon. But overall, our gameplay implementation is right on schedule, with Petroglyph currently focusing on getting the Nod campaign all stitched together. In the meantime, we wanted to share some special content with you for this post. If you remember, earlier this year we asked the community to provide input on our approach for the soundtrack, including what versions of the tracks you wanted to see in the Remaster. All of us on the team listened intently, and we heard a general consensus for having the most variety possible. So with that request in hand, we pushed hard to include all the versions of the tracks. This means the classic low fidelity versions (without voices), the original soundtrack versions now remastered (with voices), and then of course the Remastered versions of all classic tracks. This will also include many of the rare / unreleased tracks, several of which have never been heard before in higher fidelity. But getting there wasn’t always easy, and here’s an overview from Frank describing the remastering experience: “The process of going through every single piece of music and bringing it to a higher quality standard has been quite a journey back in time for me, and I’m really glad that all of these tracks will finally be heard in full high quality for the remastered game experience. After combing all possible archives, a handful of tracks were just nowhere to be found – this included ‘Snake’ and ‘Fogger’ from C&C Red Alert. One thing that I did back in the Westwood era, was mirror my home studio with the same gear I had at work, and fortunately I had kept much of it all these years. So I started there, and I went to painstaking detail and trial and error to track down and match as much of the exact original sounds and instrumentation I could find, to recreate these songs from scratch in order to have the best high quality versions once again for the remaster. Hearing these new versions, especially in stereo now, is a whole new experience.” To add it all up, between the classic and remastered versions of the tracks, we’re clocking in at over 10 hours worth of music across 175 tracks! Now, with that much music and variety, we figured players would need a way to organize all the music content. So we are excited to share that the Jukebox will be making a full comeback in the Remaster, and be more enhanced than ever before. The Jukebox will allow players to create their own playlist utilizing any combination of music to their desire. Easy to use filters help the sorting process, and for the first time you can listen to Red Alert music in Tiberian Dawn or vice versa. This feature was a labor of love for Frank and some of the original Westwood engineers on the project, who wanted to deliver the best music experience possible for the community. Overall we just can’t wait to put the Jukebox in your hands, and see all the unique playlists the community puts together. As a special treat to celebrate this post about the soundtrack, Frank has put together a compilation of several Remastered tracks for your enjoyment. You’ll be hearing a sample of the Remastered versions of Act on Instinct (without voices), Demolition (which was never included on the OST), and Fogger (which Frank described above as being recreated from scratch in high fidelity). To help provide a comparison, each track also includes a short intro of the classic low fidelity version as heard in the original game. And finally, you may notice there’s an unchecked box called “Bonus” in the Jukebox. Well, we haven’t forgotten about the voting you did earlier this year on your favorite tracks, and as such we’ll have a special surprise to reveal at a later date : ) As always thanks for your ongoing patience and support, and we’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on the soundtrack details, Jukebox, and the music itself. Cheers, Jim Vessella Jimtern You can read the original announcement and listen to the tracks on the C&C subreddit.
  25. About an hour ago, EA producer Jim Vessella posted a new update on the C&C and Red Alert remasters, along with the above shown render of the Aftermath Tesla Tank. Here is what he had to say: The original post is here. Relatedly, the old official Command & Conquer Facebook page has been resurrected the other day and will now also post about remaster updates.
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