Command and Conquer Remastered: Everything we know

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The Command & Conquer series helped launch the real-time strategy (RTS) genre. It combined a unique story with top-down gameplay that many played during the '90s. Initially launched in 1995, two games from the series are getting remastered and sold together in the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection. EA has worked on this project in the open for years, including talking with the community for feedback and sharing footage and insight along the way. Now, we're approaching its release date.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection release date

The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection comes out on June 5, 2020. You can preorder the game now for $20 from either Steam or Origin.

What is Command & Conquer?

Command Conquer Remaster

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In case you didn't play the series when it was originally released, Command & Conquer is an RTS game that allows you to build, develop, and control combat units. There's a campaign mode, a mode that lets you play against AI, and a multiplayer mode in the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection. In the game, you build bases, troops, buildings, and vehicles to enact your strategies against your enemies.

Which games are included?

The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection includes remastered versions of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert. It also includes the three expansion packs to the games; The Covert Operations for Tiberian Dawn, as well as Counterstrike and Aftermath for Red Alert. The remastered titles include new 4K visuals, a remastered soundtrack, and some useful changes to improve gameplay. You can also play the games using their classic pixelated look.

The campaign modes have all of the original missions from the PC versions of the games, as well as the missions that were available in the console versions of the games.

Who is making it?

With Westwood Studios a distant memory, another set of studios had to take on the task of remastering Command & Conquer. Several people from the original Westwood Studios team are now part of Petroglyph Games, which is the studio behind the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection. Petroglyph Games partnered with Lemon Sky Studios to bring the old games into 4K. The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection will be released through EA.

In addition to several people from the original games working on the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, the developers worked with the community from the early days of the collection's development. The developers created a community council that regularly communicated with the developer team about the collection. The council includes modders and people from the Command & Conquer community.

Command & Conquer Remastered supports modding

In a blog post, the developers announced that Command and Conquer Remastered will support modding. The TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll source code are being released, allowing the community to go wild with modding the games. This decision was made as a result of conversations between the developers and EA.

How is it different from the original games?

Command Conquer Remaster

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The team behind the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection went through quite a bit of effort to make keep the games in line with the original titles, but there are some changes when compared to the original. As you'd expect from a modern remaster, there are large visual upgrades. You can play with either the original game's graphics within the collection or switch to its new 4K assets. Though, the mode that lets you switch to the classic graphics is not available in multiplayer mode. It also has remastered music and upscaled videos within the campaign. The developers highlight the upscaled full-motion videos that are part of the game's campaign.

There are also some gameplay enhancements in Tiberian Dawn that weren't in the original game. Most of these come from the community suggesting upgrades that came with the original Red Alert be brought to Tiberian Dawn. For example, you can now queue units. Tiberian Dawn also has an upgraded sidebar inspired by Red Alert. The sidebar within both titles has an improved layout that minimizes scrolling.

The developers rebuilt the multiplayer modes to meet modern expectations. You can create custom matches, join the multiplayer lobby, and compete on leaderboards.

In general, EA aimed to remaster the original Command & Conquer titles without straying far from the originals. While there are some improvements, based on the gameplay we've seen, anyone familiar with the franchise will feel right at home.

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14 Comments
  • I wish they did a remake of Command and Conquers: Generals & Zero Hour! I still play the original games.
  • Sorry, I am confused: They will be remastering the original command and conquer (tiberian dawn) or its sequel Tiberian sun? Can you clarify the first sentence under the "so what is being remastered" header?
  • My understanding is remastering of CnC 1 Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert 1
  • Damn, I loved those games
  • I can see Xbox getting a port. Now they have full mouse and keyboard support.
  • That would be cool, though I don't expect that to happen. It's disappointing looking at the list of supported games. And to my knowledge there have not been any games that are keyboard and mouse primary released on Xbox. I'd like to think Age of Empires IV will be the first, but not too confident. Would also be nice to get some real Xbox keyboard and mouse hardware. Maybe supporting Xbox Wireless? The Razer offering is pretty poor as the mouse and keyboard use different charging ports. One uses Micro USB (which is a deal breaker for me) and the other uses USB-C. It just seems that keyboard and mouse support on Xbox is not getting any attention from Microsoft or third parties.
  • It's Tiberium dawn(the original game) & red alert, not tiberium sun that they are remastering.
  • Thanks for the feedback team. Originally the rumor was that tiberium sun, arguably the better game, was being remastered but I went through an checked and it is Dawn not Sun being made. I've edited the story for clarity. Cheers.
  • I think you will find that its the game Dune that launched the category. Amazing.
  • Dune 2 actually... But yeah loved that game back in the days... Total annihilation wa later but great too and kind of different...
  • They need to remaster Red Alert 2
  • Was reading the article, just waiting to see that title. Red Alert 2 was great. Many a time I'd start at 6pm... Then think about doing one more skirmish. More than once, I'd call it a day, as my hand was numb. As I'd get up, I'd wonder why the birds were singing at midnight. I'd look towards the living room curtains and see that light was spewing out from the sides. Look at my clock... Damn! Is 6am!
  • I asked about Red Alert 2 in a video call with the devs and they said they're focused on the current remaster right now. It sounds like they could potentially do more in the future, but that's not what they're working on right now.
  • Can't wait! These games were my childhood. Hope this is successful and they remaster all the other older titles: Dune, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2, and Generals. CnC3 and RA3 both hold up (just completely redo CnC4).