C&C Labs News Wire

— Tuesday, January 27, 2009 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:05:18 PM ET

Community Roundup

Not much has been going on, as we're in a bit of a dry spell for C&C, but here's some news:

  • A new version of Command School is up, with some tips on playing with a co-commander.
  • The official C&C site has lots of Uprising images, mostly of the Giga Fortress, a new Empire unit.
  • IGN has a short preview of Uprising.
  • Tiberian Dawn (C&C 3 mod) has a new update.
  • RA3 will be coming out for PS3.
  • CNCNZ's fan roundtable is up.
  • The official C&C 3 ladders have been reset by EA.

— Wednesday, January 14, 2009 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 9:36:17 AM ET

CNCNZ Fan Roundtable

Those of you who read this site or are active in the community will know that I often participate in the CNCNZ Roundtable discussions, a good chance to share my thoughts on what's going on in the community and hear what other webmasters and modders think. However, I'll be skipping the next one. In fact, all the regular webmasters and modders will be, too. CNCNZ is giving, for the second time, fans a chance to share their thoughts. You do need to be a member of the CNCNZ forums to apply for a shot, however. More details at CNCNZ.

— Thursday, January 8, 2009 —

Posted By: Mike at 8:21:47 AM ET

Red Alert 3: Uprising Officially Announced

An EA press release (thanks, Planet CNC) announces "Uprising," a continuation of Red Alert 3. Uprising is more a campaign extension rather than a traditional expansion pack -- it will not require Red Alert 3 in order to play it, and will only be released for the PC. It is slated to be released as a digital download this March (likely via EA Download Manager and Valve's Steam).

Relevant portions of the press release are below:

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that the third iteration of the Command & ConquerTM franchise’s beloved Red AlertTM series is returning with Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3: Uprising exclusively for the PC. An epic single-player campaign expansion, the standalone title catapults players deeper into the Red Alert universe, giving them more of the action-packed gameplay they have been clamoring for, while offering a gauntlet of new and compelling challenges with the new Commander’s Challenge mode. Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising will be available for digital download this March.

Uprising is a game that in many ways reflects the feedback we have gotten from the Command & Conquer community,” said Amer Ajami, Senior Producer at EA Los Angeles. “We’re giving gamers more of what they want – more of the fast, fluid and fun gameplay, more of the story we began to tell in Red Alert 3 and more cutscenes featuring top-notch Hollywood talent. At the same time, we’re excited we’re going to be able to bring new things to the mix, including new units and the Commander’s Challenge, which is a great way for players to hone their skills and get deeper into the combat.”

Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising takes players into the aftermath of the epic battles in Red Alert 3, with the Soviets still reeling from a crushing defeat, the Empire of the Rising Sun desperately trying to regain both honor and identity and the seemingly victorious Allies finding themselves in the midst of corruption and deceit within their own ranks. In addition to four mini-campaigns, one for each faction and one bonus campaign centered on the origins of the Empire of the Rising Sun’s commando Yuriko, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising will also introduce the new Commander’s Challenge, enabling the players to test their skills against a set of nine commanders from different territories and difficulty levels in 50 unique challenges with their own special rules and unique conditions.

In true Command & Conquer fashion, top Hollywood talent will be delivering the gripping story in full HD live-action cinematics. Fan favorites Gemma Atkinson and Ivana Milicevic will make their stunning return to the high ranks of the Allied and Soviet leaderships and will be joined by an all new set of stars, who will be announced soon.

Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising is a standalone game and does not require Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 to play. This product has not yet been rated by the ESRB, PEGI or USK. For more information about Red Alert 3, please visit www.redalert3.com.

Last edited by Mike on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 1:22:38 PM.

— Saturday, January 3, 2009 —

Posted By: Mike at 5:16:05 PM ET

CNCNZ Roundtable: C&C in 2008

CNCNZ has posted their roundtable discussion for the month of December, now in its 15th edition. In the roundtable, the fansite representatives retrospect on C&C in 2008 and attempt to prognosticate the C&C of 2009. Our very own Blbpaws participated:

Compared to 12 months ago, do you think the C&C Community has evolved this year?
Blbpaws: RA3 has restored a bit of my faith in the C&C team's ability to produce games, though it didn't feel entirely like a C&C to me. I think it was overdone at points, but on the whole it was a step up from Kane's Wrath and C&C 3. At the same time, if the goal is to create a gritty, immersive C&C with addictive gameplay, EALA still hasn't done it. Mod support has also taken a step backwards. Barring a serious turnaround on that front, modding won't be a question at next year's year-in-review roundtable.

You can read the complete discussion here.

Last edited by Mike on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 11:14:51 AM.