Author: Plokite_Wolf

Trailer of Dawn of Tomorrow released

25 May 2020 Off

After a decade of work, Kilkakon is finally ready to release his massive storyline-centered total conversion mod for Tiberian Dawn, named “Dawn of Tomorrow”.

 

It features tons of new units, structures and terrain, and a story line replacing the normal campaigns, which features a complete custom-made world map for mission selection, and animated briefing cutscenes between the missions.

The mod will release on the 30th of May.

Mod website: http://kilkakon.com/c&c
Mod Discord: https://discord.gg/dcJGAn3

By Plokite_Wolf

C&C Remastered – Mod Support, Open Source and LAN

20 May 2020 Off

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In yet another update on the C&C Remastered Collection, Jim Vessella posted about a hot topic among fans – mod support. While C&C games have mostly been moddable thanks to community tools like XCC Utilities, FinalBIG, OS BIG Editor, and numerous others, with only late SAGE games getting semi-proper mod SDKs, this time we’ll get full support in the form of one open-sourced DLL per game, and even a sample unit for learning how to mod the new release. Also, he acknowledged the community’s desire for LAN multiplayer, but said it will not be in the launch build, though it might pop up in an update.

Here’s the full update:

Fellow Command & Conquer fans,

Since the announcement of the Remastered Collection, one of the top questions from the community has been if the game would provide Mod Support. Given the incredible C&C community projects over the past two decades, we appreciated how important this was going to be for the Remastered Collection. It’s time to finally answer the question around Mod Support, but it first requires the reveal of a special surprise for the community.

Today we are proud to announce that alongside the launch of the Remastered Collection, Electronic Arts will be releasing the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll and their corresponding source code under the GPL version 3.0 license. This is a key moment for Electronic Arts, the C&C community, and the gaming industry, as we believe this will be one of the first major RTS franchises to open source their source code under the GPL. It’s worth noting this initiative is the direct result of a collaboration between some of the community council members and our teams at EA. After discussing with the council members, we made the decision to go with the GPL license to ensure compatibility with projects like CnCNet and Open RA. Our goal was to deliver the source code in a way that would be truly beneficial for the community, and we hope this will enable amazing community projects for years to come.

So, what does it mean for Mod Support within the Remastered Collection? Along with the inclusion of a new Map Editor, these open-source DLLs should assist users to design maps, create custom units, replace art, alter gameplay logic, and edit data. The community council has already been playing with the source code and are posting some fun experiments in our Discord channel. But to showcase a tangible example of what you can do with the software, Petroglyph has actually created a new modded unit to play with. So we asked a fun question – “What would the Brotherhood of Nod do if they captured the Mammoth Tank?” Well, one guess is they’d replace the turret with a giant artillery cannon and have it fire tactical nukes! Thus the Nuke Tank was born. This is a unit which is fully playable in the game via a mod (seen in the screenshot above), and we hope to have it ready to play and serve as a learning example when the game launches.

Alongside Mod Support, I wanted to be transparent and address a feature which many of you have also been passionate about, which is LAN Play. Earlier this year, we had every intention of including LAN Play in the launch version of the game, but sadly this feature did not make it in time. Unfortunately LAN Play became the key impact of the Covid-19 situation as we realized the challenge of developing / testing a “local area network” feature in a workplace time of social distancing. We understand this feature is vital as both an avenue to play mods in multiplayer, and also to serve as a backup in case the online systems are ever down. We’re bummed this one got away, and will continue to keep this on our priority list going forward.

Now in terms of discovering user content, we wanted to take full advantage of the PC platforms to streamline this process. For Steam players, we’re utilizing the Steam Workshop for sharing both maps and mods. Players can subscribe to maps and mods directly in the game’s Community Hub within Steam, or utilize in-game menus to browse / download content as well. Origin players can use the same in-game process for downloading maps but will need to manually install mods into their respective folders outside the game. For both versions, once you’re in the game, you may navigate to the Options / Mods tab where you can then activate the mod. We’re aiming to put together further documentation on uploading content and the entire UGC process around the launch window.

Overall, we are incredibly excited to see what the community creates over the coming months. We anticipate some fantastic content for the Remastered Collection itself, some great updates in current community projects as they incorporate the source code, and perhaps we’ll even see some new RTS projects now made possible with the source code under the GPL. One final note we want to emphasize – we’ve done our best to bug fix and prepare these UGC systems for launch, but we have no doubt that once thousands of you begin creating and sharing content, some quirks will be discovered. Please continue to share your experience once the game launches, and let us know how we can continue to improve these tools for your benefit.

We look forward to seeing all of you on the battlefield in less than three weeks, and in the meantime please stay healthy, safe, and thanks for all your support and feedback.

Cheers,

Jim Vessella

Jimtern

By Plokite_Wolf

C&C Remastered – Collector’s Edition Delays, Game Itself On Track

17 May 2020 Off

Jim Vessella has made his first update on the C&C subreddit since the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite all teams working from home, the Remastered Collection is on track for release and is in the process of finalization. However, the shipment of collector’s editions by Limited Run has been delayed for autumn, but customers will be getting their Steam keys on June 1st, and can cancel their preorder via Limited Run’s Freshdesk page if they so wish.

Here’s the full update:

Fellow Command & Conquer fans,

Before we begin, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy through this unprecedented time. I apologize I was unable to deliver an update in April, as our teams have also been reacting to the impact of Covid-19, and prioritizing adjustments to our process so everyone can continue developing the game in a safe environment. For this update, I wanted to outline our latest status with the game’s finaling effort, and also address some of the impacts Covid-19 has had on our development.

If you remember back on March 10, we revealed our trailer and announced the launch date of June 5 for the Remastered Collection. This was such an exciting day for us on the development side, and we were humbled by the positive reactions from the C&C community and around the industry. But over the following week, local governments here in California began enacting shelter-in-place orders, and by March 17 the large majority of our development teams around the world were working remotely from home. At the time we were unsure what impact this would have on our velocity and ability to final the game. However, I’ll simply say the development teams at Petroglyph in Las Vegas, Lemon Sky in Malaysia, and across EA have done a phenomenal job maintaining momentum and a commitment to quality over these past two months. I’m so proud of the teams, and because of this dedicated effort, we were able to achieve our goals and are still on track to launch the game on June 5. We hope the launch will provide an entertaining event for all of you to experience, especially for those of us who may still be staying safe at home in June.

With that in mind, this past week we did receive some unfortunate news regarding the impact of Covid-19 on our physical Collector’s Editions. We originally had every intention of being able to deliver the Collector’s Editions alongside the June 5 launch, but the virus has caused significant manufacturing delays from Limited Run’s overseas vendors. Because of this, we wanted to let the community know the Collector’s Editions will not be shipping out until later in the early Fall. Trust me, we are as bummed about the delay as you are. We wanted to highlight a few important points and provide some options going forward:

You will still receive your Steam key via email starting June 1, so you will be able to pre-load the game and play the minute it releases.

As a token of appreciation, the team will be including extra Limited Run trading cards with all shipments.

All purchasers should also receive a direct email from Limited Run, providing this overview and keeping you up to date on the status of your order.

We also understand this is a difficult financial time for many people, and personal situations may have changed over the past several weeks. If for any reason you want to cancel your Collector’s Edition pre-order, please contact Limited Run by May 26, 2020 to fulfill this request.

You may contact Limited Run at any time via their site at limitedrungames.freshdesk.com if you have questions to help through this process.

What I can say is that Limited Run has a deep commitment to quality for the final delivery. I’ve been able to provide feedback on all the items, and I couldn’t be more excited about how the editions are coming together. Limited Run has been humbled by the passionate demand from the C&C community, and wanted to share these words with all of you:

“As fans of Command & Conquer ourselves, it was an honor to be included in its historic anniversary. While we always hoped the campaign was going to be a success, the response has absolutely blown us away. We appreciate your understanding with the Covid-19 situation, and are going to include some extra Limited Run trading cards with all shipments for your patience. Thanks for making us a part of the Command & Conquer legacy, and thanks to all of you for your support!”

Now, to provide some further insight into the past two months, our focus has been on bug fixing and reacting to player feedback. We’ve continued to work with the Community Council as they playtest the daily builds, and even had an ongoing “Top 10 Council” label in our Jira database to ensure we prioritized their most important items (amongst hundreds of pieces of their feedback). Our QA teams have been actively going through their finaling checklists, and this week we are preparing the game for submission to our certification team. Then alongside the game’s development, we’ve been more actively engaging with the media to showcase the game, which you may have seen in coverage articles over the past two weeks. Our goal is to get the word out to as many gamers as possible, and hopefully we’ll continue to build positive buzz leading up to launch.

So, by now you should all know I love to tease you about upcoming items. Well, we do have a few more surprises about the Remastered Collection to share prior to launch, some of which will hopefully answer a few of your remaining outstanding questions. Be sure to keep an eye here on the subreddit for the latest info : )

In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe, and thanks again for all your support and feedback.

Cheers,

Jim Vessella

Jimtern

By Plokite_Wolf

C&C Remastered Collection – April-May 2020 News

17 May 2020 Off

From around the net, more C&C Remastered news has popped up in the past few weeks, including previews, interviews and videos. There are also 3 new screenshots in 4K quality. Here’s a list with hyperlinks to all the recent news on the Remasters:

You can read and watch all of them by clicking on the blue hyperlinks.

By Plokite_Wolf

Actors Gene Dynarski and Dimitri Diatchenko Have Passed Away

26 April 2020 Off

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Recently, two actors who have left their mark on the Command & Conquer universe have passed away: Gene Dynarski and Dimitri Diatchenko.

Gene Dynarski is most familiar to us for his portrayal of Joseph Stalin in the original Red Alert. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he died on 27 February 2020 at the age of 86 in a rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

Dimitri Diatchenko, known in the community for his role of Oleg Vodnik in Red Alert 3, was found dead at the age of 52 in his home in Daytona Beach, after his coworkers had not head from him in several days, according to CNN.

They will be missed, and our condolences go to their families and friends.

By Plokite_Wolf

Throwback Thursday for 1st February

1 February 2018 Off

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday feature, we continue with our Iconic C&C Units sub-series with the Terror Drone from Red Alert 2. This unorthodox spider-like mechanism was no joke – it was a blazing-fast vehicle that could be used for scouting and slowly dismanling enemy vehicles from the inside. Their drills could instantly kill infantry in the same way Attack Dogs could. However, their weaknesses were Service Depots and Repair IFVs, and if the infected vehicle would chronoshift (e.g. a Chrono Miner), the Terror Drone would be left behind. Enemies without the ability to repair an infected vehicle had to force-fire on it to destroy the Terror Drone that was inside at the cost of the said unit.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

By Plokite_Wolf

C&C Community News – January 2018

28 January 2018 Off

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Throughout most January, there haven’t been many news, especially not those that would warrant a full post. In recent days, however, this changed, so let’s quickly look at what’s been going on:

Upcoming tournaments:

By Plokite_Wolf

Throwback Thursday for 25th January

25 January 2018 Off

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we feature something from the cancelled free-to-play Command & Conquer, which we haven’t really covered in this segment. The star of this feature is the redesigned Dr. Thrax, a returning character from Zero Hour. His appearance changed dramatically, true to his original backstory that he frequently visits plastic surgeons to cover his tracks, but he appeared to act like a loose cannon in the few cutscenes that became public – well, more so than he already was. Already a sadist with chemical weapons, he turned his disregard for his enemies’ lives into fun and games, true to a more light-hearted approach that Victory Games was apparently going for.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

By Plokite_Wolf

Throwback Thursday for 18th January

18 January 2018 Off

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After an unexpected month-long silence, our Throwback Thursday feature is back. This week, we remember the “bosses” of the Red Alert 2 Allied campaign – the Soviet Black Guard. This was a small but powerful defense force positioned around the Kremlin, consisting of four elite Apocalypse Tanks and a few defensive structures, protecting Premier Romanov in the final Allied push on Moscow. They also appeared in a cutscene that played after the mission ended, flanked by a Harrier squadron.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

By Plokite_Wolf

5 Years of Generals Gentlemen

13 January 2018 Off

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The best-known Command & Conquer shoutcasting duo, Generals Gentlemen, celebrates 5 years since their first video today! Their story is one of great success, as they currently have around 18 thousand subscribers, just over 5 million cumulative views, and most importantly, TheMachine got a job as lead designer for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation at Stardock Entertainment. Their channel is still active and ranges from their usual lineup of Zero Hour, Company of Heroes 2, and Dawn of War II: Retribution casts, to occasional dives into other games like Red Alert 3, Ashes of the Singularity, Rise of Nations, OpenRA and Total Annihilation. Congratulations!

By Plokite_Wolf