EA has decided to put the kibosh on its planned free-to-play Command & Conquer revival. The game was in development at the Los Angeles-based Victory Games and had been undergoing alpha testing. Apparently that alpha testing was not going well as the new title and Victory Games have been shuttered as a result.
"Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out," said the company on the game's official blog. "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."
"Over the next 10 days we will be refunding any and all money spent in the alpha. 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."
"The team at Victory Games will be disbanded," Electronic Arts told Polygon. "Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities within EA."
Victory Games has been working on the title since its inception back in February of 2011. EA created the studio to focus solely on the strategy franchise. It was briefly known as Bioware Victory, before switching back to its original moniker.
This puts another Command & Conquer game on the scrap heap, marking the fifth time in a decade that EA has cancelled a C&C title in development. The previous attempts included Command & Conquer: Renegade 2, Command & Conquer: Continuum, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Incursion, and Tiberium. Only one of the previously-mentioned games was a strategy title, so perhaps that's an indication that EA has little idea what to do with the Command & Conquer series.
We here at USgamer hope those affected by the studio's closure find new employment soon.