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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