Command & Conquer 4K remaster coming

By Michael McWhertor

Westwood Studios/Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts’ classic real-time strategy game series, Command & Conquer, is being remastered for modern platforms. EA confirmed Wednesday that it plans to remaster the original Command & Conquer and its prequel/sequel, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, to “4K glory” with the help of Petroglyph Games.

Petroglyph is the developer behind strategy games like Grey Goo, Star Wars: Empire at War and Guardians of Graxia. The studio is also home to “many of the original developers from Westwood Studios, and some of the most influential members of the original Command & Conquer development team from 1995,” EA said.

“Joe Bostic is known as the co-creator of C&C, having also served as the Lead Programmer on Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert,” EA creative director Jim Vessella wrote in a news post on EA.com. “Steve Tall joined Joe as a Lead Programmer on Red Alert, and Mike Legg contributed to all forms of audio systems at Westwood, having been an employee since 1986! All three members helped start Petroglyph Games in 2003 after the closure of Westwood and are joined by a veteran group of RTS developers from the past 15+ years.”

Series composer Frank Klepacki will also work on the project, serving as composer and audio director.

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert will be released as a single remastered collection (“without microtransactions”) that will also include the expansions Covert Ops, Counterstrike and Aftermath.

Don’t expect EA and Petroglyph’s Command & Conquer Remastered collection anytime soon. Vessella says that development hasn’t even started yet, but finds the silver lining here, saying that the community is “getting in on the ground floor of this project and have every opportunity to help influence how we build this remastered experience.”

The Command & Conquer series kicked off in 1995 with Westwood Studios’ original real-time strategy game. EA will release a new take on the franchise, Command & Conquer: Rivals, for Android and iOS this December.