Electronic Arts and Petroglyph Games are to remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, and three expansions known as Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath supposedly without any catches or microtransactions for PC. No release date has been announced yet.
That’s right, the controversial publisher and developer known as Electronic Arts or EA will be teaming up with Petroglyph Games, a company made up of some of the original developers from Westwood Studios, to remaster multiple Command & Conquer titles and expansions.
According to Jim Vessella, an EA Producer, he explains that Joe Bostic, Steve Tall, Ted Morris, and Mike Legg will be helping with these remasters. In addition, Lemon Sky Studios will help out too by bringing the remasters and expansions in 4K.
The above information can be traced back to a Reddit post by Vessella, which can be read right here:
“A month ago, we let the Command & Conquer™ community know we were bringing the franchise back to the PC, starting with a remaster initiative. The reaction from fans has been amazing, with many of you sharing your favorite C&C moments from the past 23 years. We have been reading these comments and listening intently. And now, we are ready to reveal our first PC offering and how your suggestions are already influencing our approach.
Today, I’m thrilled to tell you we are going back to the beginning. We have decided to remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn. And while this is incredibly exciting on its own, we’re also aware of how passionate the community is about the Red Alert universe. So, we will also remaster the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert™. But what about the classic expansion packs you may ask – Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath? Well, C&C and Red Alert wouldn’t be the same without them, so all three expansion packs will be bundled with the base games into one remastered collection – without microtransactions.”
The post continues and explains Westwood Studios and its transformation and who will be helping Petroglyph Games:
“Petroglyph Games includes many of the original developers from Westwood Studios, and some of the most influential members of the original Command & Conquer development team from 1995. Joe Bostic is known as the co-creator of C&C, having also served as the Lead Programmer on Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert. Steve Tall joined Joe as a Lead Programmer on Red Alert, and Ted Morris was the original community manager on the C&C franchise. And Mike Legg contributed to all forms of audio systems at Westwood, having been an employee since 1986! All four members helped start Petroglyph Games in 2003 after the closure of Westwood and are joined by a veteran group of RTS developers from the past 15+ years.”
Given that EA is on board and the upcoming mobile version of C&C is in the works, Command & Conquer Rivals, it does make one question what tricks are up EA’s sleeves given that they promise no MTX will be in the game? Anyway, I’m sure EA has a trick to nickel and dime fans, but until then we’ll have to wait and see what will come out of these remasters.
Lastly, what is known is that Red Alert and its three expansions will be bundled as one remastered collection sometime in the future for PC.