By Jeff Bond on October 29, 2013 at 5:16pm
In what can only be seen as a sad day for fans of real time strategy games, Victory Studios today announced that the "Command and Conquer" game currently in development is now cancelled.
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
Reasons for the cancellation are seemingly simple on the surface; Victory Games felt that they weren't building the right game for their fans. Initial feedback from the alpha indicated that the game lacked inspiration and didn't really stand out in the franchise. It just sort of existed.
Interestingly enough, Victory released this information the same day that EA announced their Q2 FY14 Financial Results, showing off another quarter in the green.
While we have made good progress in the first half of the year, we remain focused on executing our FY14 plan and delivering a full slate of amazing games and services to players on current and next-generation consoles, mobile, and PC.
As of the publication of this article, the official website still lists the "Apply for Beta" option on its homepage.
Official Website Twitter EA Q2 FY14 Press Release