The EA game cancellations just keep coming. After yesterday announcing that they are parting ways with Tiger Woods, Victory Studios (the ones developing Command & Conquer) said in a blog post that they were ceasing production of the game.
EA was working on a new way to play Command & Conquer in this free-to-play era of gaming. They were moving away from their roots of a campaign mode and were working towards a teamwork multiplayer mode. This was not working. The feedback from several people online was that this was going south big time. “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.”
To add insult to injury, EA also closed down Victory Studios. This studio was the main developer of the game. After the announcement employees were tweeting about the shutdown. Full blog post is below.
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