Community Conquers: C&C Online Salvages Multiplayer

By Adam Smith on July 7th, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

The Command and Conquer franchise is almost twenty years old and it may already be on its last legs. The free-to-play Generals 2 had been rebranded as simply ‘Command & Conquer’ when EA decided to pull the plug and it’s all been quiet on the (formerly) Westwood front since then. Indeed, the cries of havoc and unleashing of time travelling, Tesla-faced dogs of war were almost silenced for good when multiplayer support vanished as part of the GameSpy cull. The community has stepped in though, with free servers for the five C&C games affected.

C&C: Online is a service platform that replaces the GameSpy platform, with the basics already in place and more to come. Revora is carrying out the bulk of the work and there’s a short video explaining how it all works, and how you can connect.

C&C:Online is a community-made- and managed online server for Generals, Zero Hour, C&C 3, Kane’s Wrath, and Red Alert 3, allowing you to log in and continue playing online just like you could when GameSpy’s servers were still online.

Playing on our server is absolutely free, but donations to our server are always welcome and needed. Your donations go directly towards server maintenance and improvements to the C&C:Online infrastructure.

Bungie dropped GameSpy with a patch, Relic’s Warhammer 40K games evaded destruction, and the likes of Arma, Civ(s) and Borderlands were relocated. C&C required a save from the community though and it looks like they’ve come through. Will nobody step in to save James Bond: Nightfire though?

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  1. Tom Walker says:

    Hmm, I think C&C is doomed in the hands of EA. They’re not going release another one unless they can find a way of making it work as an always-online game that validates itself every eight seconds to check it hasn’t suddenly become a pirated copy. And there’s no need for that in the average player-versus-CPU skirmish game of C&C. So it’s fucked.

    • MkMax says:

      i think they were chasing the esport bandwagon with the last few games maybe with a bit of control paranoia (you play the game the way we say you play the game!) included, i doubt DRM had much to do with those decisions

    • newguy2012 says:

      Your are right. All of the studios that made the best entries in the series are long gone. EA is completely incompetent, the development of the last game was an absolute mess.

      They even made Kane stupid.

    • LionsPhil says:

      C&C was doomed the moment EA finished chewing Westwood Studios and swallowed.

  2. Zarathruster says:

    Would that the gaming gods could persuade the suits at EA to reboot this poor series. You could even reuse the original C&C’s soundtrack, it’s old enough to be cool in a retro way in addition to just being amazing in its own right.

  3. tvcars says:

    Teh second it went free to play it went doomed to fail. This is not how you make an RTS, is there a reason to make a game that would sell perfectly well by itself a f2p fail project. EA means fail these days imo, I don’t think I’ve bought a game with their name on it since Generals ZH. Also I was never really impressed by the video of Generals 2, that whole future vibe was just wrong, generals is all current day with maybe a hint of future just to fill in the gaps lol. For what its worth, thanks for Generals.