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Update on the upcoming Command & Conquer Remaster
December 19, 2018 - 04:24


Jim Vessella, the EA representative from the upcoming Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert 1 Remasters, has posted an update about these games at the Command & Conquer Reddit. Here's the full message:


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Fellow Command & Conquer fans,

It’s been a little over a month since we announced details about Command & Conquer Remastered, and we continue to be humbled by the excitement from the community. To provide a quick update on our development timeline, I’m excited to share that Petroglyph officially started development in December and are well underway with their pre-production items. Lemon Sky is equally hard at work, and already generating some of our first pieces of concept art. We can’t wait to begin sharing more about the development, and discussing many of your suggestions in the feedback thus far.

Speaking of which, the team at Petroglyph, Lemon Sky, and myself have been actively reading your questions and comments here on Reddit. I wanted to acknowledge some of the top questions we’re hearing:


- What is the difference between a Remaster and a Remake?

- What visual approach are you taking – 2D or 3D?

- Do you have the original source code?

- What technology / engine are you using for the game?

- What is going to happen with the FMVs?

- What quality of life improvements are you considering?



While we’re not ready to answer all of these questions just yet, they are top of mind as we continue our pre-production work. In the meantime, I would like to address one of the more popular questions: Is this a remaster or a remake?

This is a remaster. Our intention is to keep the story, script, and content as authentic as possible to the original games, while providing much higher fidelity with modern quality of life improvements. As Joe stated in his initial post, the Command & Conquer look and feel is incredibly important to us, and will be one of the benchmarks we judge every decision against.

Just as important, we want to deliver on our commitment to ensure the community has a strong voice in how we remaster C&C. As a first step in this goal, I’m eager to announce we have officially formed the Command & Conquer Remastered Community Council. The Community Council is a group of 13 of the most dedicated C&C Community leaders, ranging from key mod developers, to streamers, and web admins. This group will have a direct line of access to myself and the Petroglyph dev team, and will be a critical sounding board for design discussions and artistic feedback. They will also act as a voice for the community, advocating for what all of you feel are the most important topics to consider.

Keep in mind that because of the depth of their involvement, they are all under NDA and will be limited in what they can discuss publicly. Please respect their adherence to this NDA to ensure we can continue this initiative going forward. We’ve already had our first call between Petroglyph and the Community Council, and expect many more positive conversations over the upcoming months. If there are topics you wish for us to discuss with the Council, please continue to post them here on Reddit or social channels.

Thanks again for your ongoing support, and we’re looking forward to providing another update in the New Year.

Happy holidays!

Jim Vessella

Jimtern




So, guys, what is really new at this message? We already knew that the story, script and content (factions, units, buildings, etc) wouldn't be touched. So, this is not new at all. In PPM, we've questioned the term Remaster because it would use a new engine (according to rumors, the source code of the original games was lost). Now he is saying that, even if the game is recreated in a new engine, it is still a Remaster. It's a quite subjective thing indeed.

The real news was this Community Council and the original number of members (13). These people certainly include members of OpenRA and CnC.Net who visits PPM. Jim has used their Discord channel and forums to collect feedback previously and posted there once in a while. It might include Youtubers and well known players. For those who are curious, at the time of this news post, I was not included in this Community Council group. I'd love to be in it, but my chances are low: PPM is not popular enough for such a small group.

I believe that the non-disclosure agreement is more towards not revealing early aspects of the game rather than saying who is in this Community Council or not. It seems to be clear in the post: "they are all under NDA and will be limited in what they can discuss publicly". But it didn't seem that clear in the public response on the Reddit.

But, more important than being in the Community Council or not is to have your great ideas making into the final version of the game. You can surely post them on Reddit or in social media, as they say. However, these places are too much crowded and some posts might not receive the same attention from the community as in other less crowded places like PPM.

So, that's all for now and share your ideas about it here, so Kane can live even better in death.

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YR Red-Resurrection - Retrospective
December 10, 2018 - 12:20




Red-Retrospective


OmegaBolt has recently posted a retrospective about the development of his mod, YR: Red-Resurrection. Here's his words on it:

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And so it's coming to the end of another year. A year of productivity and regular updates. I thought it might be interesting for a few to give a retrospective of the mod's long history as well leave perhaps a teaser to the future. So begins the Red-Retrospective...


2010 – The beginning of development

YR Red-Resurrection started life all the way back in 2010 in a topic on the now defunct Freedom Studios forum. Although even at the time it was a very quiet place relative to PPM or Revora, I chose to show early development progress on the platform for that very reason – it felt like there was a smaller, more connected audience and that I wasn't just preaching to the air (a concern of mine that would rear it's head later too).

Initially it began as another YR+ mod – that is to say one that kept the feeling of the original game but that rebalanced it to my liking. I chose that direction because for several years prior I had tried to create total conversions but without the true inspiration, dedication or skills to pull them off. They also focused too much on the story, which actually means nothing unless there is a campaign tell one, when I ought to have been focusing on gameplay first. Therefore, I felt like going back to a simpler time in modding with no grand vision, just the intention of making something fun.

To that end I wanted to solely focus on a war between the Allies and the Soviets, excluding Yuri. Primarily, because I always preferred the dynamic of vanilla RA2 and the Soviets with psychic tech was just a lot more compelling than the pure brute force they had in YR. I also never quite liked Yuri as his own country; it was just one step too far from the stereotype-driven cold war satire that was Red Alert 2 – and Yuri had no part in that.

That said, despite small intentions, I did want to fully rebalance the game, not only add a few new toys but actually go through every single existing unit, buildings and weapons with my own set of balance standards. This was actually quite a therapeutic and methodical process, as line by line everything was neatly organised in a way that became comfortable for me – certainly doing that helped to ingrain most aspects of the mod in the back of my mind that helped speed up development later in unforetold ways.







2012 – 1.0 release

The first release of the mod would finally come on the 13th of March 2012. This (like it still is!) was a multiplayer only build, with skirmish and online using CnCNet4 . It featured the Allies and Soviets with the same eight countries that are currently in the mod, however back then they only featured one unique unit and another that was shared with one other country, therefore not a lot of national distinction.

Back then too, GI's were replaced with Peacekeepers – a straight up Conscript clone, to add some simplicity and directness to the Allies. The Soviets did not have Scorchers but instead Scarabs; little drones with a heatray, and they still had Flak Tracks instead of Rykovs. Buratinos were nowhere to be seen, but instead the art was used for the suggestively named Penetrator, a long range anti-tank unit which felt rather bold at the time considering it hard countered the predominant force in C&C games and mods.

[b]2013 – 2.0 release


The next year saw some attempts at diversifying the countries, involving lots of experimentation with new units, however I never found many that I was happy with, being honestly dry of inspiration and quite tired of modding in general. Interestingly, however, a lot of attempted designs from this period would stick in the back of my cranium and later resurface in some fashion, such as it did with the Overseer. That year also saw additions such as Dust Devils (early Scorchers with machine guns instead of flamethrowers), Archangels and the Equalizer ability, among others, that would become staples of Red-Resurrection.

A lot of these developments, however, drove the mod in a confusing direction that I ultimately felt detracted from the core experience, and thus halfway through the year I decided to re-download my own mod and start over from there (and it wouldn't be the first time that happens!). This meant I began patching from 1.0, incorporating only the best experiments that were seen since then, and thus a cleaner 2.0 was finally released on 10th of December 2013. However, the countries ended up being no more diverse than they were prior as a result.

Furthermore this year saw the first livestream of the mod by Hecthor Doomhammer and featured myself as co-commentator, the video of which can still be found on the YR Red-Resurrection YouTube channel today, if you really want to dig up history.






2014 – 2.1 release

The following year saw the release of a relatively quick patch (especially for back then) which largely made balance and bug fixes but most notably introduced a reworked Allied airforce which can still be found in the mod today – the larger airfield, Lightning and Spirit aircraft.

And then...

Silence. At least publicly. Around this time I had become very tired of YR modding, feeling like there was very little reward for all the effort that went into it. I also felt like there was too much of an expectation to compete with Mental Omega, which was probably at it's fervorous peak around that time. I never had the particular interest or manpower to produce a campaign and yet that was all people ever asked about, even after working hard for months on something else, and that was demoralising.

To try get away from the tired feeling of YR and Red-Resurrection gameplay I embarked on another big experimental development process, trying out ideas such as a network of invisible Gap Generators to produce a fog of war type effect (however that had issues), rework the tech tree to be more divergent and add four tiers (something you see in the mod today) and produce a number of new units, the basis of which later went in as country specials in 2.2.

After probably working for half a year or more, I ultimately became too exhausted with it and retired from modding altogether. I deliberately refused to touch the game in order to focus on other hobbies, such as music ( Soundcloud.com ), screen writing for film and broader game development. I successfully managed to not touch the game for almost two years, which was something of an accomplishment considering I'd done it like habit for about nine years prior at that point.

2017 – Nothing ever dies

I had known for a long time that after CnCNet 4 went down, YR Red-Resurrection 2.1 would no longer launch without some decent understanding of YR modding from the user. This was because of a poor decision on my part that went into the launcher that relied on making a connection to CnCNet 4 to even start. But oh well, the mod was dead and I didn't plan to fix it.

However, at some point I saw Doomhammer streaming some old YR mods. One of them was Mooman's Rules and the moment I saw the old loading screen it infused me with a sense of nostalgia and the inspiration hit me to [/b]resurrect<span> (redly) Red-Resurrection with the, at the time, relatively newly available CnCNet 5 client, so that it could once again be playable. I did not anticipate there would be any interest, nor how big that endeavour would become.

I believe around May time I started talking to Starkku (developer of Project Phantom, and someone I'd discussed modding with for many years) about the idea of updating the mod and the bringing it to CnCNet 5. Luckily, and really what sparked 2.2 entirely, he was willing to provide a build of the client that would function with Red-Resurrection, as it requires some coding knowledge to set up. He did so and the porting took place, initially purely with the intention of it being version 2.1 with a few bug fixes and shiny new client. I (once again) re-downloaded my own mod to retrieve the files and set to work. I also established a discord channel for the mod, hoping that some old testers would return and anyone interested in playing the mod, as it was still multiplayer focused. To my surprise many people started joining, some old faces and some new, and soon enough in June a beta was put out for people to engage with. Games were had and feedback started rolling in. That's where the modding bug hit me, as really for the first time people actually seemed to show genuine interest in playing, largely I think thanks to the development of discord itself proving to be such a great place to create a community.

Taking that inspiration I proceeded to start dripping in content that had been developed shortly after the release of 2.1, starting with the most reasonably complete stuff and then adding entirely new content as well. It started off with eliminating the shared country “uniques” and getting five or six specials per country, but the development kept on rolling and I just seemed to have endless ideas and energy to the work on it! I would actually say 2017 and 2018 were the most productive modding years in my 13 year 'career' thus far, and I'd attribute that to the active discord community that formed, showing constant interest and being a place where ideas could be thrown around and rapidly tested. The entire development process of 2.2 was a quick cycle of iteration, a way I really enjoy working. It wasn't the usual monotony of developing for six months to a year in solitude, then finally releasing everything to inevitably brutal feedback, but rather a more free flowing system that crafted the mod into something that worked not through theory but practice. So a lot of credit has to go to the community on discord for at least being there, otherwise 2.2 would've been nothing like it is right now.

[b]2018 – Control less


In the end, the small patch turned into a gigantic one that added nearly a hundred new units, buildings and powers since 2.1! Yes, MASSIVE. I don't think I'd created that many units in the ten years prior, but it happened. Every country got approximately twelve unique assets and felt much more developed and fleshed out as a result. Wanting to release the mod finally, I set a date and worked towards it, finally releasing 2.2 on April Fools day 2018. The 0.1 increment would be deceptively small, as not only did it include the three digit additional toys to play with, but also a fully ported Red Alert 2 campaign, CnCNet 5 support, new gamemodes, maps and a comprehensive manual both online and offline.

Immediately after launch I continued with development, fixing bugs and adding content. I will note though that these additions are never for the sake of it. I don't want to develop something indefinitely or beyond the scope of the project. YR Red-Resurrection should have a particular feel to it and I intend to uphold that. Any additions are purely there to try to squeeze out the most from the countries so that they have a personality and gameplay theme that is fun and engaging. The intention is never to please everyone and I know that due to the fast paced and aggression focused.gameplay many C&Cers would never be a fan, but its what the mod needs to be and what I'm interested in.

Overall, 2018 has seen some huge and very regular updates, thanks to the client update system which makes it so much easier to do than ever before.

2019 – The future

How far will this mod go? I don't know, just like I didn't expect it to go this far. There are plans however. The UK is the last country that I'm not entirely happy, so intend to give them a refesher. Some countries also suffer in naval combat, due to others getting distinct advantages thanks to their unique arsenals, and that's also something that can be adjusted. Then there's always the usual stuff like balance changes, fixes and new maps.

Oh and, maybe more. The possibilities of tiberium are limitless.







Visit YR: Red-Resurrection Website for more information, its ModDB profile to download it and its forums and Discord channel to discuss it.

Posted by Banshee
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CnC: Final War 1.0b and Developer Blog #3
December 07, 2018 - 17:38


Hi everyone, m7 here with another Developer's Blog for CnC: Final War. Today, we'll be talking about the upcoming changes coming in CnC: Final War 1.0b. There are several points to highlight, and we will follow the 1.0b Changelog's formatting in discussing these changes. We'll cover the new client updates, new gameplay features, bugfixes and balance changes, and show off one of the new maps as well. Without further ado, let's begin!

The first aspect have been client updates. Starkku has provided an updated build of the client software with bug fixes and internal improvements, as well as new features such as extra chat lobby commands. AlexB of the Ares project has provided a version 2.0 of the powerful Ares modding tool, and even allowed for the use of the custom hacks he created for Final Alert 2 which will allow players to use the map editor with greater ease now. Finally, some skirmish and multiplayer options were updated for the new naval combat additions that were brought to the project. These include a custom map filter for naval-enabled maps and a toggle for disabling the naval features altogether.


Naval Options return! Rejoice sub lovers!


The second aspect have been the new gameplay features, most of which are what held the release of this patch up. The return of naval combat was a huge addition for the mod, adding a new factory and 5 to 6 units for each faction to wage war across many seas. The client was given extra support for the naval additions as mentioned above, and maps were added and tested to provide fun naval-focused battles.


Eastern Empire's Naval Preview


In addition, players also received updates to their defensive options, with the return of Battle Bunkers as well as the Eastern Empire's Hellstorm Cannon and the Remnant Legion's Thumper Emplacement. These new powerful defenses are T3 unlocks that mirror the European Coalition's Grand Cannons, sharing their build limit of two as well.


Battle Bunkers for All!


Finally, the Remnant Legion saw many updates to their arsenals through new artwork for their Barracks, gaining access to the Hand of the Legion hero vehicle, and their air armada have seen a rework to allow them greater power and versatility while maintaining their roles on the battlefield.


The Legion stampeding over their foes.


The third aspect of the project have been bug fixes and balance updates, many of which were reported by the players at ModDB as well as some reported in Discord. Units such as the Vulture Gunship for the Okhrana saw a total rework to fix their weapon problems, or the Aurora Platform which was moved the Coalition Crusaders faction and replaced with the Icarus Array to increase the reliability of European Coalition artillery. Others saw just visual updates, such as the Eastern Empire Mobile Refinery as seen below.


The future is...unemployed?


As I wrap up this Developer's Blog, I'd like to showcase a new map featured in CnC: Final War and one that will be seen in greater variety. I'd like to introduce AroTech to the mod lore, a gladiatorial entertainment company that runs combat simulations in their specialized underground combat arenas utilizing various battlefield setups. These maps are tight close quarter affairs, designed to promote intense "in your face" combat.


AroTech Arena - Crater Variant


Enjoy the newest version of CnC: Final War, 1.0b! It's now available for download both as an automatic update via the mod client or as a manual download in the downloads section of the CnC: Final War ModDB page! Have a wonderful holidays, I'll see everyone in 2019 with singleplayer and co-operative updates!

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Command & Conquer Generals: Frontlines Alpha 0.2 released!
December 01, 2018 - 18:38




Zeke_Dlyoung at ModDB has released the Alpha 0.2 version of Command & Conquer Generals: Frontlines. Frontlines aims to revitalize the stale game-play mechanics of Zero Hour by bringing new content, and to provide both an interesting single player and multiplayer experience. The version 0.2 of the mod adds the Basilisk for General Yang and some bug fixes. Here's some screenies:








Find out more about this mod and download it at Command & Conquer Generals: Frontlines ModDB profile.

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