If you've been itching for some uprezzed classic RTS gameplay and cheesy FMV cutscenes, you've only got a few more months to go. Today, EA, Petroglyph Games, and Lemon Sky Studios announced that Command & Conquer Remastered will be released for the PC via Origin and Steam on June 5, 2020.
Command & Conquer Remastered, first announced in 2018, is a package that includes Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, plus the three expansion packs Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and The Aftermath. With the press of a button, you'll be able to switch between the classic 320x200 graphics and new, crisp 2D assets made for 4K displays.
The team at Petroglyph includes many members of Command & Conquer's original studio, Westwood. While the Westwood devs have plenty of great stories from the old days, a lot of the original audio and video recordings have been lost for the early Command & Conquer titles.
Thankfully, it seems Petroglyph and EA are being vigilant in their efforts to make the Remastered versions look and sound as faithful as they can, going as far as to use an artificial intelligence upscaler on the FMV cutscenes and to have former Westwood employee Kia Huntzinger re-record her lines as EVA.
Command & Conquer's original composer Frank Klepacki is also involved with the project. Yesterday, EA producer Jim Vesella announced that Klepacki has teamed up with the band The Tiberian Sons to record a 20-plus song cover soundtrack, which will both be included in the remaster's "Bonus" section along with some behind the scenes footage, or can be used as the in-game soundtrack via a toggle option.
The standard version of Command & Conquer Remastered will cost $19.99 on Origin and Steam. EA is releasing a special edition and a 25th anniversary edition through a partnership with Limited Run Games. Origin Access Premiere subscribers will also have access to Command & Conquer Remastered starting on June 5.