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EA Bringing Free C&C MMO to Desktop, Mobile Browsers

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The Command & Conquer franchise is coming to an HTML5-compatible web browser near you.

On Wednesday Electronic Arts said that the closed beta for Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances will begin on Thursday, and that interested gamers can now head here to sign up. Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances is an all new free-to-play, massively multiplayer online (MMO) strategy game set in the Command & Conquer Tiberium universe that will be playable in desktop and mobile web browsers.

"By integrating revolutionary in-game social and news update feeds, Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances plunges players into a completely interactive and dynamic gameplay experience," the company explains in a press release. "Live status streams and newsfeeds are updated in real time, forcing players to strategize, react, and adapt on the spot. MMO Strategy has never been faster or more critical to winning."

Developer Phenomic's past experience includes Lord of Ultima, BattleForge and Spellforce. The studio will be using HTML5 to bring the game across multiple platforms, eliminating the need to develop native apps for smartphones and tablets. This multi-platform MMO feat has already been accomplished by Spacetime Studios and its two MMOGs, Pocket Legends and Star Legends (although they use native Android and iOS apps), but this will be the first portable, cross-platform MMO strategy title to hit the market.

"Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances is the first MMO and first free-to-play game for the long-running Command & Conquer series. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to forge new ground with this acclaimed franchise," said Martin Löhlein, Senior Producer, Phenomic. "We’re hoping to deliver an experience that will allow our loyal fans to play their favorite franchise anywhere they go, while introducing the exciting world of Tiberium to new players."

The news of a browser-based C&C title arrives after the announcement of Command & Conquer Generals 2 back on December 10, developed by BioWare Victory and slated as a PC exclusive for 2013. However in the meantime, gamers interested in participating in the browser-based Tiberium Alliances closed beta can apply here.

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    richboyliang , December 15, 2011 1:25 AM
    the intel core i5-2500K has exactly 1337 reviews on newegg.

    just putting that out.
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    jryan388 , December 15, 2011 2:19 AM
    Been waiting a while for a good HTML5/WebGL game.
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    iLLz , December 15, 2011 4:30 AM
    Sounds interesting. I wonder if the phones can handle it properly though. I am going to have to check out the page and see if they list minimum specs.
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    nukem950 , December 15, 2011 5:19 AM
    I just hope this game does not play like C&C4.
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    amdfangirl , December 15, 2011 8:34 AM
    I have a bad feeling about this...
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    viktorbkk , December 15, 2011 10:02 AM
    Your bad feeling is spot on.
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    cronik93 , December 15, 2011 10:55 AM
    MORE AK-47's FOR EVERYONE!?!?!
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    dickcheney , December 15, 2011 11:21 AM
    EA is trying to regain their title from Activi$ion as the most hated publisher. They are almost there IMO. If you add this shit to the Origin/Forum account bans and the Origin is a spyware thingy...
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    happyballz , December 15, 2011 12:38 PM
    cronik93MORE AK-47's FOR EVERYONE!?!?!

    No, this time... EA just jumping on the bandwagon with "free to play" games and trying to milk the last possible $ out of a franchise that they destroyed.
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    soccerplayer88 , December 15, 2011 12:50 PM
    __-_-_-__EA killed C&C when they bought and destroyed Westwood. I boycott EA since then.


    Agreed. Ever since Westwood was bought out by EA, the C&C series died. Still kicking it with the original Red Alert and Tiberian Sun. Still playing my Dune games too.

    I had hopes that the newest entry for C&C might reboot to its roots branching from Bioware, but then I read this line "Bioware Victory: Its general manager is Jon Van Caneghem from Trion Worlds."

    Can I get an item shop please with my tanks? *sarcasm*

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    NuclearShadow , December 15, 2011 1:35 PM
    Command & Conquer has been a shadow of its former self for a long time now. Weakened and on life support but we couldn't help but hope for a miracle and for C&C to get up and be as great as it once was. This however did not happen and its time to accept reality. I tried my best to keep hopeful but alas I can no longer. Goodbye Command & Conquer.

    P.S. Screw you EA.
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    growup , December 15, 2011 5:34 PM
    C&C died after Red Alert. Emperor Battle for Dune..!?!? Really!?!? 3D garbage and not only that, gameplay/network was sh#$.

    Red Alert was the sht, it had tons of units to play, map editor and was humorous to play against a neighbor, only to have your parents d/c your @$$ and find out that you're hogging up the modem. If they just revamp Red Alert and make the resolution to 1920x1080 with some improvements, I'm sure everyone would get in on that.


    RTS genre died in the 90s. Too many games asking for a war and now that we're in one, we make goofy applets on phones like Alligator Bath and Angry Birds :/ 


    Strategy games that I enjoyed back in the day:

    Total Annihilation (with expansions)
    Dark Colony
    Command & Conquer Gold Edition
    Command & Conquer Red Alert
    KKND (Krush, Kill and Destroy)
    KKND2: Krossfire
    Dune 2000 (sort of, was too slow for action/fun)
    Starcraft
    Dominion: Storm Over Gift 3


    There were more but I vaguely recall as they weren't as fun as the ones above that I collected.
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    gm0n3y , December 15, 2011 7:36 PM
    How exactly does an RTS-MMO work? I may have to sign up to try it out. I love the RTS genre but am extremely sceptical about this.
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    amdfangirl , December 15, 2011 7:48 PM
    If it's f2p, it will probably make two class of players...

    Non-paying nerfed people and OP paying people.

    As an MMO they could charge monthly fees.

    Or have microtransactions...

    Want something to counter that rush? Pay now!

    I can imagine the next headline...

    "EA sells French gov't Command and Conquer branded white flags"

    :p 
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    Nimmist , December 15, 2011 8:06 PM
    If anyone is interested the core team from Westwood Studios is now at Petroglyph Games (www.petroglyphgames.com)
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 8:22 PM
    EA: free to play, pay to win.
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    mickey21 , December 29, 2011 9:16 PM
    growupC&C died after Red Alert. Emperor Battle for Dune..!?!? Really!?!? 3D garbage and not only that, gameplay/network was sh#$. Red Alert was the sht, it had tons of units to play, map editor and was humorous to play against a neighbor, only to have your parents d/c your @$$ and find out that you're hogging up the modem. If they just revamp Red Alert and make the resolution to 1920x1080 with some improvements, I'm sure everyone would get in on that.RTS genre died in the 90s. Too many games asking for a war and now that we're in one, we make goofy applets on phones like Alligator Bath and Angry Birds Strategy games that I enjoyed back in the day:Total Annihilation (with expansions)Dark ColonyCommand & Conquer Gold EditionCommand & Conquer Red AlertKKND (Krush, Kill and Destroy)KKND2: KrossfireDune 2000 (sort of, was too slow for action/fun)StarcraftDominion: Storm Over Gift 3There were more but I vaguely recall as they weren't as fun as the ones above that I collected.


    Surely you cant forget the awesomeness of RTS followup "sequel" titles Supreme Commander (and although to a lesser extent Supreme Commander 2)?! Not to mention Sins of a Solar Empire?! Great RTS titles. Also Battle For Middle Earth was pretty decent though less scale, fun to play. RTS has always been my favorite genre for great gaming. Alas there arent many studios that want to crank out another one because FPS titles are so easily rehashed into another title they can sell. It is like printing money. Looking right at you COD/MW franchise!!!

    I hold out hope, but if StarCraft 2 is the best they can do, we are doomed for complete failure.