The lights are on
Later today, EA will be holding a financial earnings call. One topic is likely to be the cancelation of the in-development, free-to-play Command & Conquer title.
A notice posted on the game’s website confirms the cancelation and assures that refunds will be issued to any players that spent money during the alpha phase. “Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play,” Victory Studios writes. “That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game.”
We contacted EA for comment. "This does mean that the Victory Games team will be disbanded," a representative told us. " Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities with EA."
[Source: Command & Conquer via Polygon]
Our TakeEA’s decision to shut the development down likely has more to do with monetization projections than written player feedback. I’m not a fan of players being asked to spend money during an alpha phase, especially since it seems to be a way to gauge earning potential. It’s unfortunate that the studio and those who work for it could be in jeopardy as a result of shoehorning a free-to-play model into a genre and series that isn’t a great fit for the strategy.
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wtf are you *** me iv'e been waiting for this game forever and they just cancel it. bs
Wtf are you serious, I was looking forward to this!
Free to play doesn't work with every single title imaginable for huge and easy profits? You don't say...
That's a shame. It looked like it had potential.
It's too bad that they can't ship all of the people who work at EA who don't make games off to Zynga, where they clearly want to be. With them gone, EA would be about the size of an app team and could make games that don't make people hate them.
I had no idea a f2p C&C game was in the works. I don't see how this could be looked at as a good idea. Hopefully we'll see another C&C game eventually.
Why would you make a strategy game F2P? It sounds like it would be difficult to do it right.
I guess there are a couple of ways you could do it right with the 1st being that it would be a mobile game which would bring down the visuals and gameplay a significant amount. The second would be that you could purchase special skins to dress up your buildings and troops when playing multiplayer. Any other monetization schemes would just seem like "pay-to-win" which imo would degrade the whole point of playing a strategy game.
Leave it to EA to mess up a franchise by trying to make it something it's not and then canning the project because the fans didn't like the direction they took it in. It's already annoying that there aren't that many strategy games out there right now... with C&C gone, that's another reduction to that genre.
Sigh... they should have had the devs make an entirely new IP strategy game that was fun and more user friendly like XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I love strategy games but my only issue with them is that they get TOO detailed about stuff. Sometimes you want something a bit simpler and the direction strategy has been going in is MORE complex. Instead of going F2P, they should have tried making something new using the same engine. =/
so many shut-downs for places lately :/ heres to hoping they can find jobs soon. its things like this that made me rethink even bothering with trying to get into the industry , i'd probly like the work more but its just as hard if not harder to get and keep a job in it these days.