C&C Labs News Wire

— Friday, May 23, 2003 —

Posted By: Manatee 05x at 3:50:36 AM ET

EA Speaks on Patch 1.6

Col. Burt from EAP has spoken recently on Patch 1.6, amongst other things.

Hi Guys,

First off I apologize for the lack of information lately regarding the 1.6 patch for Generals. I’m just the middle man here and it’s taken a lot of nagging on my part to obtain any information from the development team regarding this. So while I don’t have all the information that you would like, this is what I do have.

There have been a few things going on here at the company that I’m not at liberty to discuss that have had an impact on when the patch will be released and what the extent of its content will be. At this point it looks like they will release a smaller patch than originally planned in an effort to get it out as soon as possible.

The contents of the patch should contain the following:

Balance Changes

Chinese MiG: Increase cost from $1000 to $1200
Chinese MiG Armor: Increase cost from $500 to $1000
All Chinese Gattling Guns: Will no longer shoot through objects
US Power Plant: Cold Fusion Upgrade will be reduced in cost from $800 to $500
GLA Scud Storm: Anthrax Beta Upgrade’s secondary toxin damage will be increased

I know that there are a lot more issues in this area that many of you have requested but the team wants to take baby steps in regards to balancing. If we change too much all at once we could wind up with an even worse problem.

Technical Issues

The “FirewallPortOverride” entry for the “options.ini” file will be fixed. Currently it isn’t functional. We are hoping that this will fix a lot of the firewall issues that some of you have been having.

For more info on what this is supposed to do see here:


At this point I’ve been told that they are shooting for a June release of this patch. Again, I apologize to those of you who were expecting it sooner.

Ladder Kit

I’m told that this is nearly complete but as of the moment I haven’t been able to get a timeline for it.

Upcoming Product Information

As most of you already know there are new things in the works in regards to RTS titles. Two upcoming projects which I’m not allowed to discuss will be announced in the near future. I believe that early June will be when the first product will be revealed and then in July the next one will be announced. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I’m able.

So that’s it for now. Thank you for hanging in there and if I get any new information I’ll post it ASAP.


Col. Burt
Production Support Technician
Command & Conquer Generals
Electronic Arts