C&C Labs News Wire

— Monday, January 31, 2005 —

Posted By: Luckie at 2:40:33 AM ET

Luckie's (Rare) News Roundup

It's been a while but here we go:
  • GenDev has released a bunch of new models you can use in your Generals or Zero Hour mod. There are ten! They're cool looking so check 'em out.

  • Ash from CNCSeries wants hear about your "newbie moments". He has this to say on CNCSeries:
    Toying around with an idea I hope will be quite funny, providing enough of you contribute - I'm just asking you to send me your 'newbie moments', the truly comedic/stupid/downright what the hell things you've done without knowing any better. Whether it be first sitting down to playing a game, or anything relating to C&C in some shape or form (I'll be leniant, otherwise it'll be boring), send it in and share the laughs around. Contact me via PM, MSN if you have me, or good old fashioned email. If you wish for me to post your story anonymously, just ask. Oh, and no, you won't see any from us. We're perfect, see.

  • Halogen Mod has released a new render of the Scorpion Tank and some background on it.
  • Cybergooch, the home of Eric Gooch (former Westwood Studios artist) has released some new rendered artwork to the Tiberian Sun section of his site.
  • C&C Tomorrow is trying to put together a list of the community's map makers:
    I am trying to compile a list of all mapmakers in this community to post on C&C Tomorrow. If you are a mapmaker, please send an e-mail to tree@cnc-tomorrow.net with the following information:
    * e-mail
    * Website (Optional)
    * Forums you are a member of and post on
    * Current Project (Optional)
    * Nickname
    * Real Name (optional)
    * Specialty - The game you map for, and the type. Such as Yuri's Revenge Stronghold maps
    Thanks! :D
    Last edited by Mike on Monday, January 31, 2005 at 3:54:41 PM.

— Saturday, January 29, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:20:39 PM ET

Anniversary of Westwood's Closure

Today marks two year anniversary of the closing of Westwood Studios, the game the made the first Command and Conquers. As the community saying goes, "Gone, but never forgotten."

Other Current News:
Last edited by Mike on Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 11:15:41 PM.

— Friday, January 28, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 3:33:52 PM ET

New Poll and Poll Results

I updated the poll today. For the last poll, I must say that I agree with those (few) of you who said "Two." I can't see RA3 containing a third side (aside from the Allies and the Soviets, who's left?). Anyway, here are the results:

How many playable sides do you think will be featured in RA3?
More than Four

Total Votes: 72

Thanks to all 72 of you who voted!

— Friday, January 28, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 3:30:06 PM ET

01/28/05-- More News

News time!
  • CNC DEN has new maps, replays, and a new poll.
  • According to a Gamespot story, EALA has laid off 60 people, bringing their total down to 320. These cuts were supposedly across all franchises, which means RA3 could be affected in some way.
  • Cold War Crisis has a new render and a video.
  • CNC Planet (German site) has interviewed Joe Kucan (who played Kane in a number of CNC games). Read the interview here. It's in English, don't worry.
  • The Great Trench War has 13 new renders.
  • An Act of War has a new render up of the first Iraqi unit, a Construction Dozer.

— Monday, January 24, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 4:38:15 PM ET

01/24/05- Another Roundup

Another Roundup from the last few days:
  • Lion, from CNC DEN has announced a new DEN site he will be running, PETRODEN. It will cover the game Empire at War, made by Petroglyph Games which consists of nineteen former Westwood Studios employees (of 23 on their staff). CNC DEN also has a new war story, new replays, a new map, and a new mod (for Vanilla Generals only).
  • CNC Holland annouces that they will be doing a version 1.7 of their mod soon, the last one before version 2.0 is released.
  • Cold War Crisis has a new render up, showcasing their Mig-25 Foxbat.
  • The First Tiberium War has released some new screens, showcasing the MRLS, among others.
  • Vietnam Reborn has four new renders up, showing the AH1 Cobra, the F105 Jet, and others.
  • PCTeen1, from An Act of War has a new render up of the MH60, a varient of the UH-60 Blackhawk.
  • The Great Trench War is showcasing their movable cannons.
  • The Dead 6 mod team is going to be holding two Q&A chats this week. Head to their site for details.
  • Matze has released v0.31 of his FinalBIG editor that allows for BIG extraction and editing. It works for Generals, Zero Hour, and Battle for Middle-Earth., and the new version comes with a W3D viewer. More info and the download can be found here.

— Tuesday, January 18, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:18:58 PM ET

01/18/05- Roundup time

News from the past couple of days:
  • CNC DEN is starting newsletter feature again. They also have two new Zero Hour maps, 15 new Zero Hour replays, and a Renegade-themed music video from Tesla7zap. In addition, CNC DEN is celebrating its third anniversary. Congrats to Lion and the staff!
  • The Vietnam Reborn team has uploaded 5 new renders and a screenshot.
  • EA's Aaron, community manager for BFME and other EA games, made a post on the Middle Earth MW forums. A brief snippet:
    I think it is also an extremely important point for you guys to remember that quite often EA can put a very high quality fun title out almost EVERY year. You got Generals in early 2003, Zero Hour not too long after in the same year, and a little bit more than a year later after that you get TBFME. All three games have an average review rating higher than 80% which by the most hardcore and casual gamers standards, is a very good worthy game.
    The rest can be read here.
  • The First Tiberium War and Cold War Crisis won awards in ModDB's recent awards for 2004 contest.
  • CNC Reborn has released a render of the Nod Tick Tank.
  • Imperial Assault has released a demo mission. It's their first one and weighs in a 66MB.

— Tuesday, January 18, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:08:06 PM ET

New Poll and Poll Results

I updated the poll. Here are the results from last week:

Did you buy Battle for Middle Earth?

Total Votes: 53

Thanks to all 53 of you who voted!

— Sunday, January 16, 2005 —

Posted By: Luckie at 5:43:42 PM ET

Forums Down Temporarily

Our forums will be offline until Tuesday, January 18th in order to conserve the web site's bandwidth. At this time, this is our only option but we will be working to make sure this does not happen again in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience.

— Wednesday, January 12, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:25:55 PM ET

01/12/05: News from the last couple of days

Here's the latest community news from the last couple of days:
Last edited by Mike on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 9:26:03 PM.

— Sunday, January 9, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 4:06:36 PM ET

01/09/05- All-Stars Interview with CNC DEN!

Today’s News
Last edited by Mike on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 5:47:51 PM.

— Saturday, January 8, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:31:37 PM ET

Big Update at All-Stars

Today we uploaded 4 new renders and 2 screens done in "old-style". You can view them all by going to our Screenshots Page. Also, check back tomorrow, because we hope to have another update. ;)
Two of the renders and one of the "old-style" screens:

Last edited by Blbpaws on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 12:49:38 PM.

— Saturday, January 8, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 9:37:35 AM ET

New Poll and Poll Results

I added a new poll today. Below are the results from the last one. I must say I am very surprised about how many of you wanted to change the AI instead of the SCUD bug. I guess you don't play online. I do recommend the Advanced AI mod, made by GeneralsWorld staffer Lion. Anyway, here are the results from last week:

What would the one thing be that you'd change about Zero Hour?
Scud Bug
Aurora Alpha
superweapon timers

Total Votes: 50

Thanks to all 50 of you who voted!

— Saturday, January 8, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 9:32:02 AM ET

01/08/05-- Crimson Dawn Updates, others

News from the last few days:
  • First, like MicScoTho mentioned, I must give a hearty congratulations to CNC Series. It's great to have them back.
  • CNC DEN has a new map up, "Stoney Batter." It was made by Lion, the webmaster. They also have four new replays.
  • True War 2, a ZH mod, has released a new render and screenshot.
  • The Road to Moscow mod has released a couple of new renders. They also are looking for a skinner.
  • CNC Crimson Dawn has annouced that they will have their own EXE, and that they will not be requiring a CD to play. For more info on their current updates, see this thread in their forums.
  • Petroglyph Games made up of many former Westwood Studios employees has annouced that their game will be called: "STAR WARS: EMPIRE AT WAR." They expect to release more infomation soon, and the game is due out in late 2005. They were also featured in two major PC magazines recently: PCZone of the UK and Computer Gaming World in the 'States. Planet CNC has scans of both of the articles.
  • Speaking of Planet CNC, they are now covering military advances as well, and they started this off with some news on High Powered Microwave Research. Sounds a bit like Generals, doesn't it?

— Friday, January 7, 2005 —

Posted By: Mike at 8:19:14 PM ET

CNCSeries.com Reopens

Our affiliate CNC Series has re-launched with a brand new version 8.0 of their Command & Conquer fansite! The new version of the site sports a fresh, crisp layout and a wide array of new features. Almost all of their old content has been ported over to their new self-coded dynamic content management system. CNCSeries has been online since 2000 -- some may remember it from then as Red 2 World. Here's what Rob had to say about the site's new dynamic features:
The site is awash with dynamic features. You can rate files, sort them in your order, comment, bookmark and do many, many other exciting things. Customise your news for example. All you have to do is register an account - it'll take one minute at the most and you'll also be able to post in the forum.
CNC Series has also posted a new article written by Paul entitled "False Promises & Future Musings," which discusses the faults of Generals Online, the recent announcement of Red Alert 3, and future hopes for the C&C franchise.

Be sure to head on over to CNCSeries.com and pay them a visit!
Last edited by Mike on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 1:24:16 AM.

— Thursday, January 6, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 5:22:11 PM ET

01/06/05- Community Roundup

First off, as mentioned by Renaissance earlier, the Blitzrieg 2 team made a breakthrough in the SAGE engine: towed artillery.
And in other news:
Last edited by Blbpaws on Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 10:25:51 PM.

— Thursday, January 6, 2005 —

Posted By: Renaissance at 6:32:05 AM ET

SAGE engine Breakthrough!!

The Blitzkrieg2 team has forged forward as they have successfully implemented a deployable/redeployable towed artillery. That’s right, artillery which can be towed deployed, packed up, towed, and redeployed. Previous attempts of this kind have been unsuccessful in the Generals/ZH SAGE engine. Click here to see it in action. Congrats to the mod team on this grand development.

As well, The Star Wars TC Mod Ren: A New Hope, has released a picture of the Imperial Turbolaser Defense turret. This baby packs a punch and can easily become the cornerstone of any defense. See it here

Also, CNCSERIES will return with their new site this Friday; January 7th! Hours and hours have been put in by the site's team just to maintain the old with the new. The work put into this site also brought to fruition a brand new "in-house" coded forum!! This promises to be a revolutionary experience for all members. Good work guys.
Last edited by Mike on Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 1:11:07 PM.

— Monday, January 3, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:09:37 PM ET

01/03/05: Large Updates at DEN, others

Today's happenings:
  • CNC DEN has a number of updates. They have a new search function, as well as two new maps for Zero Hour.
  • Rushz0rz has started a site for CNC Tournaments with cash prizes. You can find it here for now, but he expects to be switching hosts to CNCNZ soon.
  • The Cold War Crisis mod team has uploaded a new, 30 MB DivX codec, video showcasing their F-15 Eagle. They also have a new map up, just for the mod.
  • I posted about this recently, but I'd just like to remind everyone that the All-Stars Mod is looking for a single-player mission maker with experience and an AI scripter. If interested, e-mail me at Blbpaws@cncgeneralsworld.com
Last edited by Mike on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 7:47:26 AM.

— Sunday, January 2, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:01:38 PM ET

Updates at Road to Moscow

The Road to Moscow mod sends word that they've added two new pictures. This site, however, is down right now. Still, you can join in on the discussion of the mod on their forums, here.
Last edited by Mike on Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 5:29:38 PM.

— Saturday, January 1, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 1:25:53 PM ET

News for 01/01/05-- Updates at DEN, PCNC

Couple headlines today:
  • At CNC DEN, Lion has started his "Picture of the Moment" feature. He also has uploaded a new shell map and a new skirmish map. Check them out.
  • HeXetic, from Planet CNC, has written a very comprehensive review of Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth, specifically focusing on how the game's traits will carry over to RA3. I found it a very interesting read; go here to get it.
  • Planet CNC also has a interview with the CNC Europe mod. Quite interesting...
  • Also Home Land Fed has conducted an interview with Mike Legg, co-founder of Petroglyph Games (a company with a number of former Westwood employees). Head here to read it.
      Last edited by Blbpaws on Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 6:30:02 PM.