Command and Conquer Remastered Collection has been a critical and commercial success for publisher Electronic Arts, rekindling fans' nostalgia while bringing the series' iconic gameplay back with updated visuals.
As fans already look towards Command and Conquer's future as a series, asking for more remasters and even a new title, the existence of a new entry at some point down the line could depend on the success of Age of Empires 4.
In an interview with website Eurogamer, Producer Jim Vessella revealed that Command and Conquer Remastered Collection has put [the series] in the best momentum position we could be, given everything the franchise has gone through over the past 10 years", while stating that he "would love to be able to do more with C&C".
Command and Conquer's Future
"Something I've got my eyes on pretty closely is, Relic is developing Age of Empires 4 in conjunction with Microsoft. And that is one of those projects - big investment, a really veteran team, a big legacy franchise - and I'm really curious to see how it does. If it does really well, then that's a really strong data point for the genre. And that will allow us to look at the genre and how it's doing. Or vice versa. So I'm rooting for that team!", he followed up.
The need for such a reinforcement comes not just from the RTS genre's current position – which doesn't quite put it in the spotlight – but also because a fully-fledged entry in the CnC series – on the same level as Tiberium Wars or Red Alert 3 – would require a big investment.
On top of that, Vessella describes the tools required for building such a game as being "really complicated" and "really hard to reuse stuff from other genres", pointing at how Generals 2 using the Frostbite engine contributed to its eventual downfall.
It remains to be seen how Relic Entertainment will handle the highly-anticipated Age of Empires 4, the studio itself recovering from Dawn of War 3, which failed to grab the attention of fans in the same way as its predecessors.
Even if a new Command & Conquer title takes a while before materializing, a remaster of Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 that's as well-executed as 2020's the Remastered Collection would, arguably, be just as welcome.
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