Is A New C&C Game In Development?

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Greg Black, the former lead balance and multiplayer designer for C&C 3 and Red Alert 3, has returned to Electronic Arts. What does this mean? Some are asking the question: Is a new C&C game in development?

While there is no way to know, Greg Black is one of the most experienced developers within the Real-Time Strategy genre. Even after leaving EA (and C&C) after Red Alert 3, Greg Black continued to work on RTS games, most recently Blizzard's StarCraft II expansions. One might believe he wouldn't leave a lucrative job at Blizzard without a good reason. Maybe that reason is a new Command & Conquer game.

Greg himself seems interested in calling attention to his new job, as hinted at on his own Twitter feed, with the message:
"Survived my first day back at @EA
It's a weird feeling being back after all this time. Can't wait to show you all what I'm working on."

What do you think it means? Feel free to discuss, debate, fight, kick, and scream your comments below. Please note that this is complete and utter speculation, and we do not want you to take any suggestion of a new C&C game as fact until an official announcement is made by EA.

Is A New C&C Game In Development?

97KccUg.png

Greg Black, the former lead balance and multiplayer designer for C&C 3 and Red Alert 3, has returned to Electronic Arts. What does this mean? Some are asking the question: Is a new C&C game in development?

While there is no way to know, Greg Black is one of the most experienced developers within the Real-Time Strategy genre.  Even after leaving EA (and C&C) after Red Alert 3, Greg Black continued to work on RTS games, most recently Blizzard’s StarCraft II expansions. One might believe he wouldn’t leave a lucrative job at Blizzard without a good reason. Maybe that reason is a new Command & Conquer game.

Greg himself seems interested in calling attention to his new job, as hinted at on his own Twitter feed, with the message:
“Survived my first day back at @EA
It’s a weird feeling being back after all this time. Can’t wait to show you all what I’m working on.”

What do you think it means? Feel free to discuss, debate, fight, kick, and scream your comments below. Please note that this is complete and utter speculation, and we do not want you to take any suggestion of a new C&C game as fact until an official announcement is made by EA.

C&C Community News – Early November 2017

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Here’s a quick run-down of recent news from the C&C community:

  • A new graphics renderer for 2D C&C titles (plus Dune 2000), called DDrawCompat, has been released, and is intended to boost the performance of these games compared to the alternatives and remove the Alt-Tab issue on Windows 8.x and 10, as well as slowdowns in larger battles. Be sure to check out the latest experimental release. Kudos to @FunkyFr3sh for linking this!
  • The team behind the Red Alter mod for C&C 3: Tiberium Wars released another source pack, including defense structures and some older unit designs.
  • The Reborn mod for C&C Generals: Zero Hour has resumed production, and new Chinese generals have been displayed.
  • The Red Alert 3 version of the Generals 2 mod has been updated to version 1.65, featuring navies and new unit models.

Upcoming tournaments:

C&C Music Monday – Red Alert 3 Credits Theme

The pick for this week’s installment of Music Monday is the credits theme from Red Alert 3 by Timothy Michael Wynn, an apt-sounding blend of traditional music and heavy guitar riffs. A new track will be posted next Monday. And as always, don’t forget to share this on social media using the hashtags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday. Also be sure to follow our new C&C Radio feature on the main site for more C&C music!

Throwback Thursday for 2nd November

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In today’s Throwback Thursday, we feature one of the prime examples of the gameplay direction EALA wanted for Kane’s Wrath as an expansion pack, much like Zero Hour before it. The Zone Raider, described by Greg Kasavin as “the Zone Trooper’s mean older sister”, was a ZOCOM-specific heavy infantry unit that had all the strengths of the Zone Trooper “original”, with the added bonus of dealing grenade-type damage with her sonic cannon, and having shoulder-mounted anti-air missile fins… and prettier but starkly slimmer armour. In multiplayer, Zone Raiders are a favourite addition to Hammerheads among competitive players.

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.

C&C Music Monday – Act on Instinct [Trevor Morris Remix]

For this Music Monday, we bring you one of the few exclusive Kane’s Wrath tracks – Trevor Morris’ remix of Act on Instinct. Played during credits and (in a shortened version) after a match, this is a more electronic-sounding version of the 1995 classic. A new track will be posted next Monday. And as always, don’t forget to share this on social media using the hashtags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday. Also be sure to follow our new C&C Radio feature on the main site for more C&C music!

CNCNZ.com Turns 20!

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On 27 October 1997, a small fansite called TiberianSun.Net.NZ was created by @Sonic, in anticipation for the then-upcoming Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. Now, 20 years later, we are a site that aims to cover the entire Command & Conquer series and its surrounding community. Twenty years is no small feat for any website, especially one run by fans. Many other C&C fansites went down due to their owners running out of time or, worse yet, enthusiasm, and although we were in danger ourselves not too long ago, we prevailed. We are now one of the few dedicated Command & Conquer fansites running, and we have no intention of stopping. We’re also the second-longest running C&C fansite in total, with only the French CnCSaga.com being older than us by about one year.

What does the future hold? Who knows. We already have some things prepared to upgrade the site’s content, not least of which being the currently work-in-progress Downloads section that many of you may have seen already. We intend to form the site to a source on the C&C series like it’s never been before, so keep an eye out for updates.

What does the present hold, though? Well, to celebrate this huge milestone, we’ll be hosting a game night tonight (October 27th) at 19:00 UTC, and the game of choice will be Tiberian Sun via CnCNet (Firestorm games optional), as it was the game that led to this site’s creation. The games will be casual and fun in nature, so anyone interested can join and play. Make sure you set it up properly beforehand, so check out our guide for installing and patching. Hop by on our Discord server for coordination and chit-chat. Also, if you’re just joining us after some time of absence, we’ve launched C&C Radio earlier this month, and interviewed Frank Klepacki on his past and current work, so check that content out as well!

CNCNZ.com Interview with Frank Klepacki

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Twenty years is quite a long time, especially for a video game fansite. It’s a good point to look back at what’s been accomplished and what’s been experienced in that time. With that in mind, we approached one of the key people who made our experiences with most of the Command & Conquer franchise enjoyable and memorable. Our beloved composer Frank Klepacki took some time from his busy schedule for an interview in which we asked him about his work at Westwood Studios and his current projects. Click here to read the interview.

Throwback Thursday for 26th October

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With the 20th anniversary of our site being mere hours away, we’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Throwback Thursday feature to the original iteration of our site, which was initially called TiberianSun.Net.NZ, created on 27 October 1997 by @Sonic in anticipation for Westwood’s intensely hyped Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. From the image shown, taken on the second anniversary in 1999, we can see how far we’ve come since, from expanding to the entire C&C franchise, through generating exclusive content, to becoming one of the most resilient fansites around.

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.

C&C Music Monday – GLA Anthem

For this Music Monday, we bring you one of two Zero Hour-exclusive GLA themes – GLA Anthem by Mikael Sandgren. A mix of ethnic Arabic music and heavy metal, this track fits the sneaky but hard-hitting GLA forces. A new track will be posted next Monday. And as always, don’t forget to share this on social media using the hashtags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday. Also be sure to follow our new C&C Radio feature on the main site for more C&C music!

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