We've been expecting a free to play Command & Conquer video game to come from EA for a long time. The first time rumblings surfaced that a free to play title would be coming to the franchise was back in December of 2011. That game has been in development, but EA has now announced that it has canceled the free to play Command & Conquer game.
Not only has EA canceled the game, but it has actually closed the doors of the company developing that game called Victory Games. The reason the game was canceled reportedly has to do with negative feedback it received during alpha testing. The game is expected to roll out later this year.
Victory Games 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.
Any gamers involved in the alpha who spent money during those tests will receive a refund within the next 10 days. Victory Games does suggest that the Command & Conquer franchise will continue on.
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.
EA has noted that whenever possible it is trying to get the people who work for Victory positions within the EA family. However, Victory Games general manager Jon Van Caneghem had previously stated that he believed the days of boxed Command & Soccer games were probably over.