C&C4 is “PC-only,” EA confirms – first shot released

Thursday, 9th July 2009 15:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt


EA has confirmed to VG247 that Command & Conquer 4 will not release on consoles.

No reason has been given for the decision to keep the game as a PC-only release as yet, but we’ve asked for official comment. We’re guessing we’re going to get something including the word “focus”.

C&C4 was announced earlier today for a 2010 release.

Gamespot’s now posted the game’s first screen, showing units doing the do. As they do.

Hit the release link for full details.




    I would say that some games just don’t work (and therefore sell) on console, but having played, and enjoyed very much, Halo Wars, it’s not necessarily the case for RTS games any more…

    #1 6 years ago
  2. SwiftRanger

    That interview with Gamespot that Johny Cullen linked to earlier has the word on why EA didn’t go for consoles:

    “GS: Can we expect to see the game launch simultaneously for both the PC and consoles? What lessons has the team learned from the development of previous games that is being applied here?

    SB: While we are very proud of the work done [for] console versions of our previous titles, we are developing Command & Conquer 4 exclusively for the PC. Given the ambitious scope and significantly reworked infrastructure of this game, it felt like the right approach to focus purely on our core platform and make sure we get everything right.”

    So “focus” was used yes. :)

    Also, no DRM but you will have to play it online…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Lutz

    Bottom right… That’s a Mammoth Mk 2!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Lutz

    And top left. MultiMammoth Mk2s.

    Damn. Wanna PC now. :(

    #4 6 years ago
  5. ShiroGamer

    i smell supcommish elements and some DoW2ish elements as well
    not good
    they will miss it up :(

    #5 6 years ago
  6. SwiftRanger

    The only thing resembling SupCom are those giant robots (good) imo, rest is more a mix of DoW II (rpg unlocking stuff but in multiplayer too now) and WiC (class based factions).

    Anything is better than just another Generals clone like C&C3 and RA3 were.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. draknahr

    This might actually be really good if they can rip off the right elements correctly :P

    #7 6 years ago
  8. blackdreamhunk

    red alert is such a frachise :)

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Morrius


    Halo Wars consisted entirely of selecting every troop on the map and pointing them at one target, though.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. DarkElfa

    Generals 2 FTW!

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Jadeskye

    agreed darkelfa

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Artheval_Pe

    I would say that some games just don’t work (and therefore sell) on console, but having played, and enjoyed very much, Halo Wars, it’s not necessarily the case for RTS games any more…

    Halo Wars has a specific design. Some people might say that it has been dumbed down. I think that they removed most of the elements that are specific to the genre on the PC. Microgestion is almost impossible, ressource gathering has been removed, etc…

    I mean, for RTS, you can either focus on the PC and the game will be almost unplayable on the consoles, or you can focus on the consoles and the game will be uninteresting on the PC. Multi platform RTS are not really working right now.

    I only see R.U.S.E. that could work on both platforms because it doesn’t require microgestion or ressource gathering at all but has other elements that make it interesting.

    So, I’m glad that Command & Conquer 4 comes only on the PC, because it’s a series that has its roots on the PC, and it’s where it’s meant to be played.

    #12 6 years ago

    @ Morrius:

    Well, that’s one way to play it I suppose, but you can put different units in different locations just like any other RTS.


    It would be nice if they could do a console only version though… Maybe remove some of the elements that only really work on PC and focus on the consoles’ strengths.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Artheval_Pe

    For people who don’t play on PC at all, yes, why not ?

    But, let’s face it. It’s EA we’re talking about. They’re not making a game on a platform because it’s where it belongs. I guess they looked at the sales figures for Red Alert 3 and Kane’s wrath, and saw that they were not making money on the console versions and that most of their sales for those games were on the PC.

    But for console players who really want to play it, I suggest they borrow a PC to someone, or upgrade their own if they can, because playing a C&C game with a gamepad is like playing Street Fighter IV with a mouse : It just doesn’t work.

    #14 6 years ago

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