EA has announced that it has cancelled free-to-play RTS Command & Conquer, owing to negative feedback from players during testing.
The free-to-play version was unveiled back in August last year and was expected to be released later this year. However, negative feedback from those part of testing the game has prompted EA to cancel development outright and also close down Victory Studios, the developer that was leading the charge on the game. Those who spent money during the tests will be refunded within the next ten days.
Victory Studios issued a statement saying:
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.
However, it’s not the end of the road for the Command & Conquer series – according to Victory, the franchise will continue, though fans of the series will probably have to wait quite a while before the next game makes it out to market.
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.
Source: Command and Conquer