On 24th March 2008, exactly 10 years ago, Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath for the PC hit the shelves in North America. Being an expansion pack for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Kane's Wrath introduced subfactions in a similar fashion to those in Zero Hour, increasing the total faction number from 3 to 9. The storyline was focused entirely on Nod and Kane, split into three acts: one set after Firestorm, one set prior to and during the events of Tiberium Wars, and one set after Tiberium Wars. The PC version included the Global Conquest mode, described by the developers as "Risk on steroids" while actually being a modified War of the Ring mode from Battle for Middle-earth II, while the Xbox 360 version (which came out in late June 2008) came with Kane's Challenge, a series of glorified skirmishes in which the player had to beat each (sub)faction to prove his worth to Kane himself.
Since the development was outsourced to BreakAway Games, Kane's Wrath ended up being rather buggy and imbalanced, with certain bugs indicating EALA gave them a truly obsolete version of Tiberium Wars to build upon. The campaign cast was narrowed down to three regular on-screen characters, likely due to Red Alert 3 taking up a large chunk of the budget at the time, and the story created more questions than it answered. But you know what? It's still not enough to taint the game, as all who played it still love it and play it despite its shortcomings. Multiplayer tournaments are still active, mods (albeit mostly private at the moment) and maps are still being made, and we always celebrate a lore extension.
To mark the 10th anniversary of Kane's Wrath, GameReplays.org has been organizing the Decade Cup through several stages in the past few months, and it will all come to an end with the grand finals TODAY at 15:00 GMT. The finalists are Phoenix and Masterleaf, and the prize pool of $2200 is the largest since the EA-sponsored Ladder Season 3! More information on the event is available here. It will be streamed live by bikerushownz and, for the Russian-speaking audience, kochevnik. Last week's semifinals and quarterfinals are also available to watch.