C&C: The Browser Game: The Trailer

By Alec Meer on December 14th, 2011 at 9:52 pm.

The music's not changed, anyway

Right, this will get tongues a-wagging. C&C Tiberium Alliances is the next reboot of the Nod vs GDI universe, and as we discovered earlier it’s a browser-based “epic strategy MMO” using the dark magicks of HTML5. Here’s what it’s going to look like. In short, like C&C classic in some ways and yet… not. Really not.

Attack waves? That suggests no direct unit control to me, and the video suggests lines of troops auto-marching. That will be, um, divisive, I expect. As will the new, apparently FarmVille-esque harvesting system. Fire is very much being played with here.

Still, much remains to be seen, and the sheer scale of the war for Earth seems pretty beefy. Hopefully tomorrow’s beta will see fuller word reach our anxious, shell-like ears.

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    Tinus says:

    The “Click to collect!” messages hoovering over your tiberium resources are so very telling, hah.

  2. porschecm2 says:

    Is it just me, or could they not even keep the frame rate up even for the trailer?

    • Slinky MCPunchfist says:

      not just you…however I don’t even think it was the framerate just the animations themselves not having enough frames to them…somethings still appeared to be going smoothly… the graphics do appear to be hand drawn though which is rather nice and it’s still beta so if they get this fixed it could come out alright…

    • SiHy_ says:

      @simoroth That’s a great idea! We need a fan-made reboot of Dune II.
      EDIT: Oops, replied to the wrong thread. Point still stands though.

  3. feffrey says:

    A part of me died inside after watching that.

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      SMiD says:

      Same here, my friend. Same here. Poor C&C; you deserve better.

    • simoroth says:

      *Sigh*, as I expected. :(

      Well at least its closer to its source material than the new “Dungeon keeper” game.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Quite. C&C’s long dead. EA continuing to stick their warty unmentionables in its corpse really just can’t make things any worse by this point.

    • Metonymy says:

      Command and Conquer, by Tiger Games.

    • simoroth says:

      Someone needs to find the status on the Dune licence so we can liberate it and make a proper base-building, resource-collecting RTS game.

    • Casimir Effect says:

      Phenomic deserve more than that as well. They made the Spellforce games, which are underrated classics. Now it seems they have been bought by EA and told to make social games. In case you couldn’t tell, that ‘social’ was to be pronounced as you would ‘pathetic’.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Posting just to say I agree with feffrey et al. Westwood, you’ll be remembered.

    • Voon says:

      Yes. I know C&C was dead since Westwood was no more and EA is trying to milk it dry. But this ‘social’ game’s just pathetic….

    • SirDimos says:

      Amen.

      This trailer (and recent C&C titles in general) has been like watching your dear, sweet, 82 year-old grandma put on some skinny jeans, bug-eye sunglasses, and dye her hair some bizarre color before sitting down to watch episodes of Jersey Shore. Some things aren’t meant to change with the times!

      Why can’t people take a page out of Blizzard’s book with what they did with SC2, and by that I mean they didn’t fuck with the core gameplay!

    • frenz0rz says:

      If someone were to make a new Dune game, any Dune game, I would literally pay them money.

      Wait, that doesnt sound as enthusiastic as I’d hoped.

      If someone were to HINT at the possibility of making a new Dune game within the next 20 years, I would scream, instantly orgasm, pass out, then proceed to read the entire series again and play every single Dune game for 12 hours a day until I’d completed them with every single faction, whilst drawing ornithopters on the floor with my feet.

      I am quite the Dune fan.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      How could they have killed so completely one of the greatest game universes ever made? :/ Westwood, look what has happened to our baby :<

      sigh, Good thing I still have RA2 installed I guess. Back before C&C was a laughing stock :'(

    • j3w3l says:

      oh why must you forsake a great part of my past, c&c was the first game i used to lan play with my friends, and then later great times with red alert. It really is truly dead now … sigh

      also yes please on a new dune even like the old adventure style ones.. as long as it isn’t this

  4. Koozer says:

    I nearly got excited at that screengrab – looked like a tiberium vein hole there before I watched the video.
    GDI with wheeled tanks and giant crystalline tiberium make me cry.

  5. Slinky MCPunchfist says:

    at least this made me wanna play C&C tiberian sun again….

  6. Sp4rkR4t says:

    How I hope Zombie Jesus eats the brains of EA’s executive board, that would be a xmas present we can all enjoy.

  7. Michus says:

    Looks a bit stupid actually.

    The ‘Play “4″ Free’ graphical ejaculation on the screen at the end of the trailer didn’t make me feel any better either. Who are they selling this game to exactly, people who have played C&C before or people who have just heard other people talk about it in glowing terms?

    Colour me disappoint.

  8. Trillby says:

    What the hell are you doing? This is my teenagehood you’re messing with here…

  9. ShineyBlueShoes says:

    Sigh it’s going to be Lord of Ultima or whatever that “reboot” of Ultima was. Here I was all hopeful it would be a throwback to the classic days of the franchise that won’t sell in a box anymore so shoved in a browser.

  10. bleeters says:

    I’m capable of comprehending what the word “for” means, EA. Just saying.

  11. Kaira- says:

    Saw the picture and for some reason my first thought was: “How cool would it be to have Tiberian Sun as TBS?”

  12. ThTa says:

    And here I thought nothing could possibly be worse than Tiberian Twilight.

    I’ll just go weep silently, now.

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    bglamb says:

    But guys!

    Our research shows that people *love* this type of game!

    • Snargelfargen says:

      I see elements of farmville and some sort of tower defense, so yeah, they definitely put some thought into the concept. That sounds like it would be ripe for monetization.

    • Brun says:

      Actually if you read the article posted earlier in the comments, it’s pretty apparent that people that play these kinds of games aren’t actually enjoying themselves.

  14. talon03 says:

    I never asked for this.

  15. Davie says:

    Now, everybody, with me:
    *hhrlglggbhlorrff*

    Time to go play Tiberium Wars and cry.

    • ThTa says:

      Oh, I can understand why that abomination would make you cry, but I don’t know why you’d put yourself through that right after hearing about this.

      (Wakka wakka.)

    • westyfield says:

      Oi, Tiberium Wars was good!

  16. MythArcana says:

    Command & Conquer! Brought to you by Tampax!

    I think I’ll just stick to my 256 color DOS version and be happy with that.

  17. Eich says:

    I saw a Mammoth today, accompanied by a mechanical Giant.

  18. rocketman71 says:

    Whoa whoa whoa!. Another huge fail from EA.

    Does this come from (air quotes) Bioware (stop air quotes) too?.

  19. Eynonz says:

    Really EA…….really?……..I think I will dig out my C&C Tiberian Sun and play that instead.

  20. Tuco says:

    Given that we are talking about a browser game I wasn’t expecting much, but that’s fucking awful.

  21. TheBigBookOfTerror says:

    I will admit to enjoying Red Alert 3, even though it’s not as great as RA2, I found the single player to be more fun and since my RA2 gaming buddy went off and got a girlfriend who hates computer games, multiplayer games are now a thing of the past. This is just horrible. I already weep whenever I sit at my desk and look at my Blade Runner box with WESTWOOD proudly emblazoned on and remember the good times.

  22. marcusfell says:

    I bet [longshot] the developers of this sabotaged it on purpose so they would never be asked to do it again. EA could have gotten a better effort if they had outsourced it to a high-school.

  23. Catalept says:

    Electronic Alchemy: Turning gaming gold into shit since 1873.

    I can’t help shake the feeling that we gamers have become the irrelevant wildlife* cowering on a once-beautiful meadow that has been turned into a weapons testing site upon which EA and Activision are enthusiastically deploying increasingly powerful faeces-based armaments for an impending Holocaust Of Gaming Shit.

    *You can’t be the badger. I’m the badger.

  24. starseed42 says:

    Wow, talk about hive mind.. I just read 34 identical comments that are the exact opposite of the way I feel about this.

    I like C&C , I like games, I like new games.. I’m excited to try it.. Strategy doesn’t have to be 1080p 60fps .. The best games are not

    • sharkh20 says:

      The best games also aren’t brought to you by EA

    • Snargelfargen says:

      It could be a decent game, but it doesn’t look like it accepts direct input to command units. All the the C&C games have been rts games, so naturally any c&c fans posting here are going to be very disappointed by that change. Personally I doubt a game of “purchase x units to attack in a wave” would be fun at all, but it’s way too early to tell how it will actually play out.

      Actually there have been a couple c&c games that weren’t rts’s. They were terrible. So there’s that.

      edited the edit edit: no longer posting in the wrong spot. Thanks!

    • ThTa says:

      Because it seems to be a social “game”, making the chance of it offering any sort of meaningful experience extraordinarily slim. It just looks like Farmville with some meaningless war minigame tacked on.

      I could be wrong (and I do hope I am), but it sure looks that way.

      (Oh, and I’d recommend everyone to read this gem on the mechanics behind such “games” (do ignore the sensarionalist title): http://insertcredit.com/2011/09/22/who-killed-videogames-a-ghost-story/)

    • Bhazor says:

      I’m always amazed at the urge to make infamously addictive games “social” to work on facebook. Ruining every element that made the original game great in the process. Take Civ for example.

      Turned it from classic, age refined damn near perfect 4x game into a click harvest/friend spam fest. Y’know what I think would have made more money? Put Civ IV on Facebook and charge 50p a game. I’d be all over that as I’m sure would the hundreds of thousands of Civ Fanatics.

      But no, it makes much more sense to turn your much loved franchise into a clone like the thousands already on there.

      I mean people have been playing these games for years surely that should say something about how absorbing/addictive/great your game is? Surely a good game is the best way to get people coming back every day? Sadly I think they make more money nickle and diming our mums.

  25. Bhazor says:

    This is not jumping the shark.

  26. perablenta says:

    What I am waiting to see if how much $$$ will it cost to get 3x faster tiberium collection, 2x faster unit construction, 2x faster building, Oh… wait you thought it was Free 2 Play? Well… actually it is, but it’s also Pay to Win.
    Like all the other ones.

    • ThTa says:

      Oh, man, I nearly forgot about that. It was almost sort of okay when social “games” were just empty shells of psychological manipulation intended to drain all of your money, offering a slightly less awful and grind-y experience in return. There was no actual competition beyond the meta-game of being better than/on par with your friends. This, however, should feature such competition and a victory state. Allowing it to combine the two absolute worst F2P implementations in existence (social and P2W).

      Bravo, EA.
      Honestly, I didn’t think any company could be that dedicated to sucking all of the good out of the gaming industry.

  27. perablenta says:

    @sharkh20
    ok, so what do you call Battlefield 3? A fluke?

  28. Brosepholis says:

    Given the commentariat of this website, I don’t see why RPS even bothers to report on games like this. If it isn’t a straight remake of a game from the peanut gallery’s childhood, or developed by a charming former-soviet bloc indie studio, it must be soulless corporation-spawn, fit only to be booed and hissed at.

    Sometimes youtube comments are more lucid than this place.

    • Toberoth says:

      You’re keen on the game then? Do play it and let us know what you think. It looks so very good.

    • Brosepholis says:

      I’m ambivalent about the game, because I know next to nothing about it, having seen ten seconds of someone clicking on a base. If I get into the beta I’ll give it a play and see if it’s any good, and if it isn’t then I’ll probably just go back to playing King’s Bounty instead.

      No wait, screw the measured approach. Instead let’s all get very worked up and loudly claim that parts of us have died because of this game.

    • BAshment says:

      well maybe people don’t like to see the festering corpse of a much loved franchise dancing for facebook change.

    • apa says:

      :D But it hurts only because it’s true!

    • SiHy_ says:

      I don’t think people would be quite so hostile if the PR people hadn’t claimed that C&C was ‘going back to its roots’ with this. True, we haven’t seen much of it but it sure don’t look like the C&C I played.

      EDIT: Actually, thinking about it people would still be hostile. It’s like when Eddie Murphy stopped doing funny stand-up and started making terrible kids films.
      This is Daddy Day Care.

  29. hello_mr.Trout says:

    “the legendary strategy franchise… just got automated”

  30. Post-Internet Syndrome says:

    Well that sucks.

  31. Voon says:

    No more! NO MORE!!!

  32. tentaclesex says:

    Oooh, I hope it has a bunch of arbitrary time sink elements just to make it less fun and engaging! That’s my favorite!

  33. testman3 says:

    Well, at least it is not a First Person Shooter right? RIGHT?

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    The Sombrero Kid says:

    MASSIVE LET DOWN! Key to get me to play your game – don’t fucking run it in a browser.

  35. f1x says:

    If its like it seems, farmvile like for resources, apparently building not having too much tactical impact, and combat being wave based, without much direct control… the question is, why?? Is it because of the limitation of browser based gaming? (which I dont think so)
    I mean they are not making the sims for facebook, this is Command & Conquer, I would have supposed that the playerbase/target was classic RTS lovers humm I dont know

  36. lordon says:

    EA finding new ways milk C&C series.

  37. danimalkingdom says:

    All the indignation on this page is making me ill. It’s not a game any of us will likely want to play; can we leave it at that? Can we please not start using terms like ‘raping’ and ‘killing’ over something of such trivaiality? Yes, it’s a shame C&C hasn’t been very good since about 1996, but good heavens RPS readers, our lives aren’t in danger.

    I would like to think we are a pool of accrued wisdom and sensibility on the internet. Let’s not go down in hysterics.

  38. diebroken says:

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/05/19/command-command-conquer/#comment-page-2

    “diebroken says:
    05/19/2011 at 14:57

    Make a web-based/browser version of the original C&C (Gold w/ Covert Ops.).

    Edit: sort of like this: http://ronco.packagecloud.com/

    Damn it EA – I didn’t mean make one like that! :/

    Edit: hmm, site moved/down? Open source code ref: https://github.com/ronlix/webrts

  39. ShaunCG says:

    I’m going to be a little contrary and note that, on the available evidence in the trailer, the combat looks like a more interesting affair than any other game of this type I’ve come across. And I’ve played a few, because I’m a masochist. Assuming that those attack waves tie in to strategically cracking an opponent’s similarly-staggered defences, it could even be fun. I’m guessing this might be the case thanks to the wave of Orcas that whoosh overhead at one point.

    Can’t fscking stand that click-to-collect bullshst of course. At least Civ Facebook only uses C2C as a minor boost for the bored, with your little guys otherwise just getting on with it whether or not the player is present.

    Anyway, I will give this a go and probably write about it on Arcadian Rhythms. Much as I loved Command & Conquer with all my puerile, melodramatic teenage heart, its much-beloved “core gameplay” is now as old and stale as a pair of shoes dangling from a telephone wire. Even if this game proves to be an even bigger failure than C&C 4 or Renegade, at least something different is being tried… assuming this does turn out to be in any way different to its casual/social gaming brethren.

  40. apa says:

    They’ve reskinned the Edgeworld and call it C&C, clever! Edgeworld is playable at least in Google+. It’s a kind of a tower attack/defense/base building thing… tried it once, haven’t gone back so I guess it wasn’t that good.

  41. SiHy_ says:

    I see a bunny head.

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    Devan says:

    Looks like it will play like Travian and other such games, but perhaps with animated battles. Those kinds of “game goes on while you’re logged off” games can be so abusive because they can be designed so you need to structure your schedule around them in order to be most effective (or sometimes just to avoid being wiped out).
    That forces you to either make the game a high priority in your life, or “lose”, in which case it’s better to just not play at all.