While it is not Command & Conquer: Zero Hour, we guess it is a start at least. It has been over six years since we have received a new Command & Conquer game, besides that terrible mobile version due for release in December. EA has neglected the series as don’t believe in single-player driven story games and the series strived on its campaign. Now, instead of working on a new one, EA will be remastering the original Command & Conquer and its sequel/prequel, Command & Conquer: Red Alert.
According to EA’s blog, the 23-year-old games will come with the classic expansion packs like Covert Ops, Counterstrike and Aftermath and be bundled with the remasters without any microtransaction. Yes, EA has to make this clear that the king of in-game purchases will not include them in the remasters (I sure hell hope not).
The games will be remastered by a studio known as Petroglyph that includes some developers from Westwood Studios and even the OG Command and Conquer’s development team. Joe Bostic is known as the co-creator of C&C, having also served as the Lead Programmer on Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert. Steve Tall joined Joe as a Lead Programmer on Red Alert, and Mike Legg contributed to all forms of audio systems at Westwood, having been an employee since 1986! All three members helped start Petroglyph Games in 2003 after the closure of Westwood and are joined by a veteran group of RTS developers from the past 15+ years.
In addition to the fantastic team at Petroglyph, we will also be partnering with Lemon Sky Studios to help bring these original games to 4k glory. Lemon Sky is one of the premier art studios around the world, with a unique specialty in remastering classic RTS titles. After meeting their team and hearing their passion for C&C, we are incredibly lucky to have them team up with Petroglyph to develop the highest quality C&C possible.
Don’t expect the games anytime soon. EA announced that the exciting part is that they have not begun development yet. Not sure how that is exciting but anyway. Command & Conquer Remastered is a real thing and coming as soon as they are done with it.