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

14 May 2020 Off

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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

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C&C Remastered Collection – April-May 2020 News

14 May 2020 Off

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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.

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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.

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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.

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German YouTuber Amars 90 Holds Contest for C&C Remaster Physical Edition

14 April 2020 Off

German YouTuber Amars 90 has opened up a contest for a physical edition of Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection that just had its sales closed. He's already purchased it but wants to give it away to a lucky fan.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in the embedded video by 28 May 2020, saying why it should be yours. On the next day, he will stream the winner announcement on his Twitch channel, where he will randomly pick a comment. Do note that only European residents can enter due to shipping.

CNCNZ.com does not partake in this giveaway, we merely cover it as a piece of news. We are not responsible for any events related to it.

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C&C Remasters – Update on The Tiberian Sons

9 March 2020 Off
In a second update in a single hour, we have more news on the C&C remasters. Turns out that 20 tracks recorded by Frank Klepacki and The Tiberian Sons (who had their legendary live performance at MAGFest last year) will be available as a bonus in the already announced jukebox feature. Above is a sample of that - including the track Just Do It Up which was not played at the concert. Here's the full update from Jim Vessella:

Fellow Command & Conquer fans,

Over the past year, we’ve dedicated several posts to provide details on the soundtrack for the Command & Conquer Remaster. But we’ve kept one special surprise up our sleeve, which we’re now ready to reveal today.

Last year at MAGfest 2019, there was an amazing Command & Conquer setlist performed live by Frank Klepacki and the Tiberian Sons. The Tiberian Sons are a band who specialize in remixes of video game music, with members Tony Dickinson, Travis Moberg, Connor Engstrom, and Max Noel. For MAGFest 2019, they collaborated with Frank to put together a 90 minute concert of iconic C&C music from across the entire franchise. Like many of you I watched this concert streamed live and was blown away by the performance. And I knew at that moment we needed their talent represented in the Remasters.

So the next week I pinged Frank and asked if he and the band would be interested in recording the performance for the Remasters. Frank and the band loved the idea - so we made it happen. Frank and the band re-recorded their entire MAGFest performance in a studio environment, and Frank personally mixed the tracks throughout 2019. What we now have are over 20 high-fidelity tracks performed by Frank and The Tiberian Sons (spanning the entire franchise), which will be included in the Remaster at no extra charge. All tracks from The Tiberian Sons can be listened to via the “Bonus” category in the new Jukebox, and if you so choose, may be seamlessly integrated into campaign missions via the toggleable audio settings.

Now, you may remember that around this time last year, I posted a survey here on Reddit asking for the community to vote on their favorite tracks. I can now tell you the goal was to ensure we had the community’s top 10 favorite tracks represented in the studio recording. When the votes were tallied up, it turns out 9 of the top 10 voted tracks were already included in The Tiberian Sons setlist. However, there was one fan-favorite track that slipped through the cracks of the original setlist - Just Do It Up. So to deliver on the community’s top 10 vote, Frank wrote an arrangement of Just Do It Up to have specially recorded by The Tiberian Sons for the Remaster. After keeping this content under wraps for an entire year, we’re ecstatic to finally share a sample of Just Do It Up and other tracks in the video above.

We hope you are as excited about the involvement of The Tiberian Sons as we are. A huge thanks to Frank, the band members, and their visual artist, Nate Horsfall, for extending their incredible talent to the Remaster project. We anticipate these recordings will become an icon of C&C history and be listened to for the next 25 years and beyond.

But in the here and now, this week is just getting started. Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for the C&C Remaster, and we want the whole C&C community to be there. Tune in at 7:00am PDT tomorrow (March 10th) to join us for all the details.

Cheers,

Jim Vessella

Jimtern

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C&C Remasters – Petroglyph reveals Red Alert screenshot and alternate TD logo

3 March 2020 Off

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Within the past week or so, Petroglyph Games' website has been updated for the first time in many years, showing a more modern design showcasing most of the games they've worked on thus far. What's interesting here is that the site features the first look at Red Alert Remastered in-game, as well as an alternate C&C Remastered logo in the video reel at the top:

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You can see the full resolution of the split screenshot here. Wonder what the official word on this will be.
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