EA has announced the cancellation of the Free-to-play RTS Command & Conquer today in a post on the Command & Conquer website. This cancellation has also meant the closure of Victory Studios, the developer of the now cancelled titles. EA & Victory Studios wrote the following on the C&C website:
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”
EA has also confirmed the closure of Victory Stuidos with Polygon, saying “This does mean that the Victory Games team will be disbanded. Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities with EA.” This closure has come as a surprise to the employees of Victory as well, with one writing on twitter “This is seriously depressing. Did not see that coming at all…”. This former Victory staff member also went on to say that the post above was not approved by Victory team members.
This reporter’s opinion: It’s always sad to see studio closures, and anyone losing a job in this crazy economy. I can understand EA’s decision to close this studio though, as this game has seemed to fall flat on it’s face ever since it was announced. I hope the best for all the people effected, and I also hope EA can either find or create a team who can really do the Command & Conquer name justice.
by, Bobby Marquardt